Christopher Moore draws fans to reading
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 22:10
Author Christopher Moore delighted fans when he visited the Co-op on Saturday evening and shared personal stories about the creations of his books and his inspirations.
Special arrangements were made for this visit in which the entire opening to the Co-op Store was used for seating and though there were more seats laid out than any previousbook talk, people still had to stand up along the sides and in the back as the author spoke. Before Suzy Staubach, head of the General Books Department at the Co-op, introduced him Moore hung around the back and chatted with a fan about baseball.
Donned in a striped shirt with exotic purple designed folded-up cuffs, he walked up to the podium nonchalantly while holding a chipmunk mask in his hands. With just small gestures and motions, he made his audience chuckle before he began speaking. He asked if anyone had the pleasure of reading his newest book, “The Serpent of Venice,” (related to Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”) and warned the audience that the Co-op didn’t have the book in stock.
“I don’t wanna get you all fired up about this book…and you can’t buy it,” he said.
“The Serpent of Venice, “which is a sequel to “Fool,” focuses greatly on the characters arguing with the chorus. His novels that lend themselves to other story plots tend to exaggerate an aspect of the well-known story, which he finds amusing. His inspiration to create his latest novel came when he was in Italy for a literature festival with his wife. Noticing how tiny the streets in Venice were, he realized that Venice would be the perfect place for a monster to live in the streets. He also warned his audience of the terrible sewage in Venice. Channeling from Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe, “The Serpent of Venice” is a satirical Venetian gothic that ties in all the Shakespeare characters and how they try to deal with “Fool’s” protagonist, Pocket.
Moore didn’t spend a lot of time during his visit publicizing the book, but opened the floor to the audience for questions. He spoke about how looking at art for a long period of time makes people see everything and like the art they just absorbed. He realized this while watching an old lady eat her green beans with appreciation as if they were art. He enjoyed shifts in perspective and to challenge himself with his writing, which is one of the main reasons why he took on a story of Jesus in “Lamb.” He shared how he’s received over 30,000 responses to Lamb, which is a satirical play told by an apostle that was “written out of the Bible for being a smartass.” Out of all those responses, only four of them were negative, two of which came from people in Alabama who didn’t even read the story.
His creativity never turns off, but he uses that to enhance his writing and work on new ideas all the time.
“If you get ideas, I’ll get up and write it down cause those thoughts aren’t there forever and could be worth so much,” Moore said, while adding in the fact that he always carried a notepad and has learned over the years to always write his ideas down.
After his talk, he invited everyone for a book signing and took pictures with his fans.