John Doe Headlines Lit Center Benefit
- 2003 DIY Book Festival Sets Awards Ceremony
John Doe Headlines Gala Literary Celebration to Benefit Beyond Baroque
HOLLYWOOD, CA (August 7, 2003) _ The 2003 DIY Book Festival has
announced that its annual gala awards ceremony honoring independent
authors and publishers will benefit the Beyond Baroque Literary
Center of Venice, California.
The 35-year old landmark bookstore/performance space/publisher will
be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 2nd at the Derby nightclub in
Hollywood. The special night of spoken word performances, music,
exhibits, panels and literary readings will feature some of Beyond
Baroque's distinguished alumni, all capped by the 2003 DIY Book
Festival awards ceremony.
Tickets for the event are $15 and available by calling the DIY Book
Festival at 323-665-8068 or may be purchased online at
www.diybookfestival.com. Entrants to the DIY Book Festival contest
are admitted free to the awards program.
The Beyond Baroque Literary Center is a performance and publishing
forum at the cultural heart of Southern California.
Formed in 1968 with the publication of an avant-garde poetry
magazine, the center has grown into a hub for readings, performances,
special events and ongoing educational classes, including its long-
running Wednesday Night Poetry workshop. Among its most important
missions is Beyond Baroque Books, dedicated to emerging and
overlooked work unavailable elsewhere.
Headlining the DIY Book Festival benefit will be performances by X's
John Doe; Pleasant Gehman, author of "The Underground Guide To L.A.";
Larry Jaffe, International Readings Coordinator for the United
Nations Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry program; and
Shawna Kenney, author of "I Was A Teenage Dominatrix." Other
performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Entries for the 2003 DIY Book Festival competition are being accepted
through September 25 at www.diybookfestival.com. The DIY Book
Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-
fiction, fiction, children's books, how-to, photography/art,
comics, 'zines, fan fiction and e-books released after Jan. 1, 2001.
All entries must be in English and have been self-published or issued
by an independent house that has published less than 50 works since
the entry cut-off point. Competition winners receive cash, travel,
software and independent book selections.
The 2003 DIY Book Festival is sponsored by Soft Skull Press, Final
Draft Screenplay Software, Alcasid.com, the DIYReporter.com and JM
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