11/17/10

Kevin Geeks Out About Genre Busters

Kevin Geeks Out About.... 
GENRE BUSTERS!
Wednesday, December 1st @ 8:00pm
92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street, NYC

What's Kevin Geeks Out? 
A live variety show where we dive deep into an obsession-worthy topic. 

But what's a GENRE BUSTER? 
Genre Busters are those brave artists who bring their A-game to a disrespected genre. 

The December 1st show brings together 5 authors doing amazing work in Comic Strips, Young Adult novels, Romance Books, Wrestling magazines and "mash-up" literature.  The multi-media variety show will include mini-lectures, music, readings, video clips, trivia prizes, audience Q&A and more. Here's what you can expect from the 90-minute show:  

"A MASH UP MASTERCLASS
Ben H. Winters (author of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and Android Karenina) defines and defends the hybrid genre known as the "mash-up novel," and explains why adding robots to Anna Karenina is more like adding smooth chocolate to creamy peanut butter than putting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.   The reading will include prizes to those who can correctly identify which passages are his, and which from the original, un-mashed-up books. 



"TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE"
Michael Kupperman demonstrates how he is making a transition from cartoons to the written word, presenting two pieces: first a comic book story about the adventures of Mark Twain and Albert Einstein fighting crime, followed by Kupperman (in white wig and mustache) reading an excerpt from his fictional book “The Autobiography of Mark Twain II.”



"THE FIVE RULES I BROKE WHEN I WROTE MY ROMANCE NOVEL"
Rebecca Rogers Maher discusses melodrama, fantasy, escapism and the romance novel as a call to action.  She looks at her own book (I’ll Become the Sea) as a case study of a Romance novel with family violence, urban school decay, Jungian psychology and heavy metal.




"WHY WE KILL EVERYONE OFF"
Emmy Laybourne reads from her post-apocalyptic YA Novel Monument Fourteen, chronicling the fall of civilization, with a discussion of why the post-apocalyptic genre is engaging to people, peppered by quotes from online fans.




"SAVAGE TALES OF POT, PORN, PUNK ROCK AND PRO WRESTLING"
Mike Edison performs two spoken-word pieces with his back-up band The Rocket Train Astro-Beat Micro Arkestra. The first, “Talking Main Event Blues”, details how Mr. Edison beat his boss in a Loser-Leaves-Town wrestling match to take over the editor-in-chief job at Main Event Magazine. “Everything You Wanted to Know About Writing a Porn Novel But Were Afraid to Ask” provides practical advice from a man who penned 28 adult novels, under the pen name “anonymous.”


And host Kevin Maher celebrates his favorite genre busters in B-grade monster movies, gimmicky kids' records and 1950's pulp paperbacks. 



Kevin Geeks Out About.... 

GENRE BUSTERS!
Wednesday, December 1st @ 8:00pm
92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street, NYC

 

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