When: Fri., March 9 2012
Author Mike DeCapite is a Clevelander now living in New York. Author Karen Lillis is a New Yorker now living in Pittsburgh. And their latest books are meditations on love, time, death, and geography that together straddle Cleveland, Paris, San Francisco, New York, and the southwest corner of Pennsylvania. Somehow, both writers have ended up in Tremont tonight, where they will be reading from their most current tomes. “Mike and I wanted to read together because we admire each other’s work,” says Lillis, who will be sharing pages from her novella Watch the Doors as They Close. That, plus DeCapite — a well-known talent among the Literary Café crowd who will be reading from his chapbook Creamsicle Blue — has apparently let out the fact that events at the Tremont staple are bunches of fun. According to Linda Baldizzi, who co-founded the Literary Café with husband Andy Timithy more than 20 years ago, that’s fine by her. “We started out with the vague idea of having a place where artists could hang out, sell their works, and maybe throw us few dollars for booze,” she says breezily. Today, the spot has evolved into a habitat for creatives of all types, with a monthly poetry open mike night, an internet talk show, and a drawing group that Baldizzi affectionately refers to as The Pretentious Tremont Artists’ Club. Tonight’s reading happens from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring a few bucks for the cash bar; otherwise, it’s free. Find out more about the Café’s programs at their website, below.