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Wednesday, 21 September 2011 14:39

Write Out Loud beneficial for Swift Current

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By Jessi Gowan — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre offered another unique opportunity for book lovers to come out and enjoy a night of great literature and good music with their Write Out Loud event on Thursday.

Write Out Loud is a continuation of the Literary Cafés held in Swift Current for many years.

The Lyric Theatre receives a grant from Canada Council to bring in a Canadian author with a recently published work, and builds an entire evening around the reading with local music and snacks.

This month’s author was Alexandra Popoff, a Moscow native who moved to Saskatchewan in 1992. She read from her most recent work, Sophia Tolstoy: A Biography, which won the Saskatchewan Book Award for non-fiction.

“The book is really important,” explained Rachel Wormsbecher with Write Out Loud. “To write it, Popoff used archival information about Tolstoy which no other researcher had accessed before. “In the past, Sophia Tolstoy was portrayed in a negative light, and Popoff’s book goes against that opinion to show a more positive side of her.”

Popoff went over the investigative process in more detail at the event, and the floor was open for an informal discussion after the reading. Music for the event was provided by Swift Current’s Eliza Doyle.

Although the community is home to a number of talented writers, Wormsbecher noted it can be difficult to draw a crowd to the Lyric Theatre’s Write Out Loud events.

They always see great attendance for music events, but Write Out Loud readings are also a fantastic opportunity to socialize and enjoy some culture within the community.

“It is always more of a tough sell,” she admitted. “I think books are awesome, and it’s such a unique thing, to be able to come out and talk to these writers, since we only get each author once. We do get a crowd for them, but we are always hoping for a bigger one.”

Wormsbecher feels it’s important to offer Write Out Loud events so the theatre supports all forms of art and culture within the community.

Although they are able to receive the grant money to provide the event and compensate the authors, it is difficult for the theatre to spend more on promotions and advertising, since the events don’t bring in a lot of money.

“The people who come out really think it’s fantastic, and it’s definitely not something we would ever say no to,” Wormsbecher said.

“The authors all read very well, and it’s such a lovely atmosphere. It’s great to see these authors take their books and almost turn them into performance art. We are hoping that if we take more time to build up the program’s reputation, we will see some new faces.”

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