Saturday 12 Noon
Panelist: Merav Hoffman (duh)
I don’t attend a lot of readings, because I generally prefer reading things at my own pace. I don’t find the timbre of the author all that engaging. On the other hand, Merav was a very welcoming presence at my first Lunacon and I wanted to make sure I at least caught her to say Hi, and this seemed a good time to do so.
I came in at the tail end of someone else’s reading, and I can’t really comment on it. Then, after a few minutes’ break, Merav asked us “Dogs or elephants?” Apparently she writes childrens’ stories and had two ready to go. The common consensus was, dogs.
Ironically, she then read a story of hers called (I think) “Circus”, but it wasn’t about a circus, it was about a dog named Circus. (It did also have acrobats in it.) It was sweet and simple, and flowed really smoothly. I was reminded of the Bard writing group at Hun, back when that was a going concern. (Part of me wonders if it would be worth reviving in some form.)
After “Circus”, she also read a reinterpretation of Rapunzel, or rather, a sequel of sorts. Almost as an aside, Merav mentioned that the origin of Cinderella lies in a story from China, which I had never heard.
A propos of nothing, I also have to comment on the surreality of the con: While Merav was reading about Rapunzel, a troop of Star Wars stormtroopers loped past the open door.