This month's guest post from Jeff Kamin at Minneapolis' Books & Bars focuses on their discussion of the New York Times bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and this month, they invited the author to join them for the discussion via Skype! I love the "you were there" feeling we now get to the discussion. I for one was fascinated to find out how many times Seth had to read Pride and Prejudice to write the book. By the way, since Jeff's last post, Books & Bars was named Minneapolis' best reading series by CityPages which praised it for becoming "an indespensable means for promoting reading within the community, giving new meaning to the term 'literary buzz.'" Kudos.
Seth Grahame-Smith chatted with Books & Bars via Skype video. It was our first video chat with an author and a rousing success we hope to repeat soon. A movie screen on stage held his image while we sat in the theater with a couple microphones to ask him questions. He could see us as though he was sitting towards the back of the theater and also see his own image the movie screen. We discussed his smash hit Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which pokes broader fun at the social changes taking place in Jane Austen’s classic and his other projects for about 45 minutes. Then had time to have our regular discussion without him (another 45 min), making for a good balance. Seth was thoroughly engaging and entertaining, even breaking some secret scoops for us. Topics included the process of writing a mash-up, late night humor, how anything + ninjas = awesome, the drunken washwoman defense, zombies as a metaphor (marriage, etc.), and much more. I’ll let you see for yourselves from the two 8-minute video clips. If you had a particular question you were wondering about, ask me, we may’ve gotten an answer.
Next month – non-fiction (!): June 9th we cover Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach.
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