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June 24, 2013 at 10:55am

Thursday's storytelling night will skip the gonads

It's best to leave the young kids home for this night of storytelling.

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Upon the evening of Thursday, June 27, three local writers will take to the hallowed spaces of King's Books for a reading - an evening of good old fashioned storytelling in Tacoma's most awesome of bookstores. The three writers: Titus Burley, Melissa Thayer and Joshua Swainston seek to entertain you with their clever words, their wit, their art.

"Readings usually aren't the most exciting thing in the world," says Swainston. "I'm not juggling chain saws. What I can promise is entertaining literary work from a few members of the community who are foolish enough to stand up and have their work be judged in such a way. Both Titus and Melissa are very skilled readers and performers and will be putting on a great set. As for me, I'll read about drugs and crime, so if you're into that sort of thing, and are tired of watching it on FOX then you'll enjoy it."

Swainston recently indie published a book titled The Tacoma Pill Junkies, from which he'll read a few chapters. The story follows a trio of drug dealers and other characters while a serial killer is picking off local janitors - right here in Tacoma.

"I'll probably fill in a bit with some nervous banter/stories about writing an indie novel," he adds. "I'm not sure about which chapters to read as of yet. I should probably get to figuring that out. The first reading I did for the book, I read a chapter about pick-up lines and a third testicle. That chapter saw a few sales, but mostly people leaving. I'll probably read something other than that and let the reader ease into extra gonads."

Burley and Thayer will also read from their collections of work, which include short fiction published in a variety of literary magazines. Both will read for about 20 minutes each.

This collective reading will take place at King's Books at 218 St. Helens Ave. at 7 p.m. As of the time of this writing, there were no plans for wine or refreshments at the event, however, strolling through the shelves of King's Books is welcomed.

Swainston plans to hang out at King's for a while after the reading. Regale him with questions. Ask of his trade. Ask about what it's like to open a vein and write an indie novel.

He has loose plans to head next door to Doyle's Public House after the reading for a drink or two. While the plans are not official, if you want the evening to continue into the wee hours - or at least for a little while after the official reading is over - he invites others to join him.

THE ART OF STORYTELLING, 7 p.m., King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, free admission, 253.272.8801

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