Monday, June 1, 2009


This is the inaugural post for the Reading In Public project. We invite you to stay tuned as we finalize our plans for a celebration of the written word. In a couple of weeks, hopefully sooner, members of the public will be able to apply for a thirty-minute fifteen to twenty-five minute spot on the Reading Bench Chair, specially designed and built for the occasion by Chris Allen. The bench will be centrally located wheeled around to various locations within the downtown area of the city of San Luis Obiso, but its exact location locations will not be revealed until shortly before the day of the event. Reading In Public will take place around the middle of July on Saturday, August 1, and we'll make an announcement here when our dates are set and we're ready to do online signups.

Get as creative as you like -- spend some time thinking about what you would do to proclaim your love of reading, and let us know how you'd fill your 30 20 to 25-minute spot on the bench. We'll publish the full schedule here one week before the event, listing all the people selected to sit on the bench chair, what they'll be doing, and when. We hope you'll drop by. Bring something to read.

Updated to reflect change of plan/venue: The original concept for Reading In Public was a round-the-clock, multiday, single location event, where the Reading Chair would be accessible to the community. We wanted to sign up people online, each reader for 15-20 minutes at a time, and have the chair peopled by a continuous stream of readers.

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