West Coast Tour – October
Vancouver – Saturday, September 8, Waldorf Hotel Mecca Normal opens for Chain & the Gang.
Olympia – Saturday, September 1, Northern: the Olympia All Ages Project 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception for The Black Dot Museum of Political Art a month-long exhibition of art by David Lester, Jean Smith
Vancouver – Sunday, September 30, Public Library
Mecca Normal at Word On The Street, presented by CUPE Local 391
October Tour on the West Coast
West Coast Tour Jean Smith and David Lester will be reading from their books, presenting classroom and library events and Mecca Normal will be playing shows.
Olympia – Saturday, October 6, Timberland Library
Performance event: The Listener graphic novel by David Lester – Mecca Normal guitar-player turned author-illustrator. Jean Smith talks about her new novel, Obliterating History – a guitar-making mystery, domination & submission in a small town garage. Mecca Normal performs.
Portland – Sunday, October 7, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center with Rebecca Gates and Amenta Abioto
Salem – Monday, October 8, Willamette University,
“How Art & Music Can Change the World” 12:40 p.m. FREE, Montag Den, open to the public
San Francisco – Wednesday, October 10, SF Public Library
Jean Smith and David Lester will both be reading at LitQuake Radar Reading Series.
6:00 p.m. FREE, Latino Reading Room
San Francisco – Wednesday, October 10, Cafe Du Nord
Mecca Normal (9:30) opening for The Corin Tucker Band.
LA – Saturday, October 13, Echo Park Film Center
“How Art & Music Can Change the World” 3:00 p.m. FREE
LA – Saturday, October 13, HRLA
“How Art & Music Can Change the World” and Mecca Normal performance with Emily Lacy, $5, doors at 8:00 p.m.
LA – Monday, October 15, Loyola Marymount University
“How Art & Music Can Change the World” 4:00 p.m. FREE, open to the public
Mecca Normal – Don’t Shoot at What the Heck Fest, 2011
The Listener: A dense and fiercely intelligent work that asks important questions about art, history, and the responsibility of the individual, all in a lyrical and stirring tone.” — Publishers Weekly (New York)
BUY The Listener graphic novel for $19.95 or less
In January, 2012, Mecca Normal returned to Kevin Chong’s creative writing class at the University of British Columbia to present Jean’s adaptation of The Listener graphic novel by Mecca Normal’s guitar player David Lester — the most recent version of How Art & Music Can Change the World. A classroom, library and bookstore event.
David Lester talks about his book.
Mecca Normal (Jean Smith and David Lester) Anacortes, WA, July, 2011. Judith Baumann photo.
David Lester comments after reading Obliterating History – a guitar-making mystery, domination & submission in a small town garage, a novel by Jean Smith.
Jean Smith is seeking a literary agent for The Black Dot Museum of Political Art (literary fiction, 82,000 words). Query, synopsis and a ten page sample. New Mecca Normal songs are excerpts from Jean’s two recently completed novels.
The weekly Magnet Magazine series continues. David Lester’s illustration paired with text by Jean Smith – includes a Mecca Normal download. Currently at Vol. 168.
MungBeing online magazine is featuring artwork by David and Jean’s painting, poetry and excerpts from her forthcoming novels Broke Like Me. and Love Wants You. –including Genius Beans, The Entirely Bearable Lightness of Being Single and Shadowing the G-Man. Jean is seeking a literary agent for Love Wants You. — a novel about deception and online dating and deception.
Jean Smith bio on BC BookWorld.
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