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From the front lines: Readying your book reading

Boring readings don't sell books. Here's how to make the crowd hang on your every word.

Book reading
Follow this advice to have a successful book reading. Photo by ISOVECTOR/Shutterstock

Each year, Tahoma Literary Review puts on two writers’ weekends. At each of these events, we host two nights where each attendee is encouraged to read. I’ve attended a number of readings myself and have also been “the talent” at several readings. And the MFA program I attended, which doesn’t exist anymore, made a big deal out of making every single student read from their work at least once or twice a year.

Why is reading such a thing? Why did my MFA program insist on it, and why do we insist on it? Why do we have a SoundCloud feature as part of our content at Tahoma Literary Review, where you can go online and listen to writers read from their works?

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