Once a month, Petshop gallery in Benson hosts a book exchange in which attendees are encouraged to bring and donate a book in an effort to build a library where patrons can check out books donated by their own peers. The idea here of course is that by collecting a shared library, we'll all read the same books and be able to open discussions on the pieces themselves and the writing process overall.
Omaha has needed a Writer's Group for some time. Looking at the filled seats at Petshop, I was glad to be among like-minded people. It's been a while since I've hung out with English Majors. It's a place where I feel safe and terrified at the same time, but that's what makes it fun, challenging, and rewarding. Just being around these people again makes me want to work more on my writing, both here and personally.
So I encourage you, if you're a fan of writing or want to break free from your normal Wednesday scene, check out Petshop's next reading and book exchange. "Like" both links above on Facebook to keep up-to-date on writing events in Omaha. You can also find more info on readings, etc. here.
Artist Jamie Danielle Hardy's show ended the day after the reading so I was glad we got to come check it out one more time.
It was nice enough out that night, they held the reading out back behind the gallery.
There were three readers this night, Dylan Thaemert who organizes the Petshop Book Exchange, Simon Kim & James Belflower.
Here's one of Kerry's submissions to the book exchange.