John Gardner’s October NightBy Bill Kauffman for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
“I think a writer who leaves his roots leaves any hope of writing importantly”—John Gardner
Those so favored by the Good Lord as to be within listening distance of Batavia, NY, on Saturday, October 24, at 8 pm, might want to drop by the Pokadot, the late novelist John Gardner’s favorite diner, for our 13th annual evening of readings from Gardner’s many works. I recommend the beef on weck, the pepper and eggs, Grendel, and Mickelsson’s Ghosts.
In the unsolicited advice department, I urge other towns to celebrate, in their own ways, their own writers. Maybe Peters can exercise his texting finger to organize an Octave Thanet Day across the river in Davenport, Iowa?