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New Meetup: Book Reading and Discussion on Alternative Publishing

From: lauren s.
Sent on: Monday, September 28, 2009 10:13 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Tokyo Writers Salon!

What: Book Reading and Discussion on Alternative Publishing

When: October 14,[masked]:30 PM

Price: $[masked] yen per person

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

On Wednesday October 14, 7:30pm, Hugh Ashton will be at the Kimono Wine Bar, Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo, reading from his latest book, Beneath Gray Skies, which takes a look at an alternative 1920s world where the American Civil War was never fought. Intrigue, espionage, Zeppelin airships (and romance!) form key themes of this full-length novel. He will also talk about the joys and perils of alternative publishing.

The charge for this event is ?3,000, which includes one drink (wine, etc.), snacks, and a personally signed copy of Beneath Gray Skies (if purchased through Amazon Japan, this
costs about ?2,600). Guests bringing their own copies of Beneath Gray Skies for signing may enter for ?1,000 (and receive the free drink and snacks).

?With the current recession, publishers are increasingly unwilling to take risks on publishing unknown authors, especially in the field of fiction,? says Ashton. ?If you?re an unpublished author, alternative publishing is a good way to get your hard work in front of an audience ? which may include a commercial publisher. It?s not all plain sailing, though, and I?m happy to pass on my experiences here to others who may want to go this route.?

Lauren Shannon, the owner of Kimono Wine Bar, who also founded and runs the Tokyo Writer?s Salon, adds, ?I?m delighted to be able to support the idea of independent publishing in this way. Good wine and good books go together. Also, Hugh?s written a great story with Beneath Gray Skies, and I think that people are really going to enjoy his reading at the event, and reading the book for themselves when they get home.?

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Space is limited to 30 guests, so reservations should be made in advance through Kimono at [address removed] .

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