Book Launch Event to Bring ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Reading’ to Replay Lounge – The Lawrence Times

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An event on Sunday will celebrate Midwestern writers and the launch of a new book of poetry by author and bookseller Lawrence Danny Kane.

Kane, part owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, has published “Picture Window,” which he describes as “my dreamy and restless collection of home poems” and perhaps his most personal book.


“Danny always celebrates community, so this event will begin with a rock ‘n’ roll reading in which Midwestern writers read something about or inspired by rock ‘n’ roll (or any of its predecessors or offshoots) for just a few minutes each, as long as per song,” Daniel Hoyt said via email.

The reading will feature KT/DG, Chance Dibben, Julia Gaughan, Melissa Fite Johnson, Liana Martin, Peter Lyrene, Huascar Medina, Tucker Newsome, Holly Pelesky, Amy Stuber and Ben Trickey, according to an event flier.

Kane will then read from his new book. Finally, Heidi Lynne Gluck and CS Luxem will play short sets.

“Picture Window” will be available for sale and signing at the event, which is set for 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 29 at the Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St.

Kane is also the author of How to Resist Amazon and Why, and the poetry collections Continental Breakfast, El Dorado Freddy, and Flavortown. The event in Lawrence kicks off a short tour for “Picture Window,” which also includes stops in Chicago and Cleveland.

Here is more information about the book from the publisher:

“Danny Kane struggles to adjust to new fatherhood when the Covid-19 pandemic upends, well, everything. Suddenly, the magnificent world he had hoped to share with his son had shrunk, at times consisting of not much more than his rented house in Kansas and the small parking lot across the street. Denied access to Elsewhere, Kane begins to struggle with the concept of “home.” The matter takes on new urgency when two things happen: Kane’s childhood home is sold and Kane’s family is forced to live agonizingly far apart. With mostly short, sometimes surreal poems, Picture Window tries (and perhaps fails) to define ‘home’ in an age when the future is uncertain and everything seems a little sideways.”

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