During my memoir writing period of YEARS, I started asking around if I might do a reading at friend’s homes. Many said yes, and I was able to get useful and supportive feedback during the draft stage of my book.
Someone mentioned a place in Brooklyn to me where they offer monthly readings. It was held at a bakery and goes by the name Sweet Reads. My immediate thought was, How would I ever get to do that? It seemed illusive and out of reach. I put it out of my mind and pursued the lower hanging fruit–offers from my friends.
A month ago I walked into my weekly meeting of writers in downtown NYC. One member, who I hadn’t really gotten to know, approached me excitedly. She’d been hearing me share about my memoir for several weeks. “I run a program called Sweet Reads, and I’d love for you to give a reading there on Sunday, February 10.”
Is it odd, or is it God?
I’d heard of this renowned organization – they’ve been in existence for several years and attract a crowd of 100 or more each month. I’d written it off existing for more prominent writers than I. But continued to keep up my spiritual practices of showing up, giving service and reporting on actions steps I’ve taken on behalf of my book.
This woman was present to my shares and extended the invitation. How did that happen?
Please come if you’re in Brooklyn or would enjoy a free afternoon of entertainment, literature and culture.
Sweet Reads is back and better than ever!
Join us at Joyce Bakeshop Sunday, February 10th from 4pm – 6pm for hand-crafted pastries and locally roasted coffee while Tricia Alexandro, Jesse Cohen, Dawn Drzal and Jane Pollak showcase their talents!
646 Vanderbilt Ave
(between Park Pl and Prospect Pl)
Bklyn NY 11238
~ Admission is Free ~
Tricia Alexandro is an actress, writer, storyteller, and native New Yorker. She’s studied acting at Playhouse West in L.A.,The Barrow Group School and The LAByrinth Theatre Company. She regularly performs her monologues at The Cornelia St Café’s monthly show Monologues and Madness, and she’s been a featured storyteller at the monthly City Stories: Stoop to Nuts Storytelling Show. In addition, she wrote the one act play Save the World which was recently chosen for FAB Theatre Company’s Reading Series.
Jesse Cohen is a Brooklyn based singer songwriter whose discography includes City Of New York, Subway Songs, and Colourful Year. His original music and narration have appeared in a Jet Blue Airlines and VH1 Save the Music commercial.
He performs regularly in New York City subway system which has allowed him to connect with many of the city’s most talented artists, producers, actors, and promoters. as well as the station’s local communities, to rehearse new music, make a living, and forge new opportunities in his own recording career.
Dawn Drzal’s new culinary memoir, The Bread and the Knife, was named an Editors’ Choice by The New York Times Book Review. She is a former cookbook editor and has published articles and essays in the New York Times, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Food & Wine, O., and the Antioch Review. Between 2006 and 2016, she was a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review. Her essays have been anthologized in, among other places, Eat Memory: Great Writers at the Table. She lives in New York City with her son.
Jane Pollak is a nationally recognized speaker, certified coach, author, blogger and lifestyle entrepreneur. Her forthcoming memoir Too Much of Not Enough will be released in May 2019. She is the author of Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur and her first book, Decorating Eggs: Exquisite Designs with Wax & Dye was selected by Book-of-the-Month Crafter’s Choice Book Club. She’s made appearances on NBC’s Today Show and has also been invited to the White House.