I set up a personal video camera to record my first post-publication reading of Committed: A Memoir of the Artist’s Road, one I did at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. When I got home I realized I had forgotten to clear room on the memory card; it only recorded the first half. I’ve joked before about my poor videography skills.
Perhaps it’s no surprise that for my second reading, sponsored by disability advocacy group ResponsAbility in Alexandria, Virginia, I relied on them to see that it was recorded. They did, and it turned out great.
The event began with me reading three short excerpts from Committed, followed by a half-hour q-and-a “fireside” chat (they projected a video of a fire on the wall behind us!). I’ve posted online the portion of the video featuring me reading from Committed (the video opens with the introduction, if you’re short on time I start at the 4:18 mark). ResponsAbility plans to post the entire event, and I’ll add that link to this post when it is live in the next week or so.
Feel free to watch the reading and let me know what you think.