Chestertown, MD — Idiots'Books, a subscription-based series of volumes on a wide-ranging diversity of subject matter, will celebrate its loyal followers with "Idiots'Fest 2008: Subscribers That Rock," a two-day literature and music festival, at Washington College's Rose O'Neill Literary House (407 Washington Ave.) on Friday, February 15, and at the Bookplate (112 S. Cross St.) on Saturday, February 16.
The husband-wife team of writer Matthew Swanson and illustrator Robbi Behr, the producers of Idiots'Books, will be joined by special guests Jim Shepard, Brian Slattery, Drew Bunting, Brian Wecht, Rich Flynn, Aidan Shepard and Victor Wishna.
The Friday gathering at the Rose O'Neill Literary House will run from 6 to 8 p.m. While Behr and Swanson read from their work, they will be accompanied by Brian Slattery and Drew Bunting on a variety of traditional folk instruments.
Saturday's doings at the Bookplate will begin at 2:30 p.m. and include a performance by New York standup comedian Victor Wishna, another musically accompanied reading by Behr and Swanson, a musically augmented reading by Slattery (who in addition to being a musician is the author of the novel Spaceman Blues and other works), a lecture titled "String Theory for Idiots" presented by Dr. Brian A. Wecht of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and a reading by author Jim Shepard, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award in Fiction.
Shepard then will be available for a booksigning from 5:30 to 6 p.m. At 6 p.m. a $10-a-head dinner will be served. The Rev. Drew Bunting and his band "Textual Healing" will cap off the festivities with a peformance from 7 to 10 p.m.
Aside from the Saturday dinner fee, admission to all Idiots'Fest events is free and open to the public. For more information on Idiots'Fest 2008, visit http://www.idiotsbooks.com/STR_about.html.
February 7, 2008