During his Brooklyn book launch for The Era of Not Quite, hosted by Freebird Books, Douglas Watson performed his own musical original as a finale to accompany the new book. Joining him on ukulele is Hannah Tinti, co-founder and editor-in-chief of One Story magazine, and on percussion, BOA's own Anthony Tognazzini (even though there weren't any drums). Check it out! You'll be singing it for days. In preparation for Douglas Watson's honored appearance as one of seven One Story literary debutantes at the One Story Literary Debutante Ball tomorrow night (June 6), Watson is introduced with a new One Story interview about his debut book experience. In the interview, Watson describes the "off-kilter jig" he did when we found out The Era of Not Quite won the BOA Short Fiction Prize and was to be published, and says he's "very excited to do a jig at the Debutante Ball" on Thursday. Regarding his "not-quite fairy tales" and storytelling style, Watson finds himself inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, George Saunders’ Very Persistent Gappers of Fripp and The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, and Lydia Davis' stories. "There are so many great books out there," he says, "I don’t know why we try to write new ones." Douglas Watson will be featured tomorrow night at the One Story Literary Debutante Ball at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY. And he makes this promise: "I’ll be the guy doing a jig over by the cheese table." Click here for the full interview. The Era of Not Quite is available at the BOA Bookstore.
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