At the last Seersucker Live that I attended, the visiting writers simply gushed about the size and enthusiasm of the audience.
Do more than 100 rapt listeners routinely turn out for literary readings in Savannah?
Well, not necessarily.
Authors are accustomed to slim audiences as they travel the country promoting their work, but Seersucker Live has established itself as something out of the ordinary - even for Savannah, where "ordinary" can be hard to define.
Billed as "part literary reading, part talk show and part cocktail party," the performances manage to be both literate and fast-paced, intellectually challenging and dotted with moments of lightness and spontaneity.
Seersucker Live's "The Earth Tones Episode" takes place on the second floor of The Sparetime at 7 p.m. May 31. The show will be hosted by the quick-witted Christopher Berinato and Zach Powers, but they'll be getting plenty of support from Joseph Schwartzburt, Gino Orlandi and Erika Jo Brown, not to mention musical accompaniment from Brian Dean.
Friday's visiting talent looks really promising.
Amelia Gray was one of this year's finalists for the prestigious PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel, "Threats."
Poet Thea Brown is a graduate of the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop and was included in the "Best New Poets" anthology for 2011. Novelist Nate Brown is also on the bill.
Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and can be purchased at the door or at SeersuckerLive.com/tickets.
The second floor at The Sparetime, at the corner of Congress Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, is fairly spacious, but the most recent Seersucker Live was standing-room only.
So don't dawdle.
The upstairs bar opens at 6 p.m., but there's food and drink available downstairs even earlier than that.
The performance is for ages 18 and older.
Seersucker Live, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is also wrapping up a small Kickstarter campaign to fund this year's reading series. There's more information at SeersuckerLive.com and Facebook.
Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.