The very last show of the Nye Beach Writers’ Series will feature JOHNNY BARGAIN and his book, “A Collection of Bummer Summers,” published by Dancing Moon Press. CARLA PERRY, founder of the Writers’ Series and owner of Dancing Moon Press, will introduce author Johnny Bargain. The short stories will be read/performed by the book’s illustrator SARAH GAYLE, and a guy with the remnants of a New York accent, WALLACE KAUFMAN.
“A Collection of Bummer Summers” is a compilation of true tales about the author’s hardcore life back in Rosebank, Staten Island, when he was a member of Dapper Dan’s Wacky Racers Motorcycle Club. “Chaos cluttered the streets of New York City back then, which in the 1960s was all about Burn, Baby, Burn, especially in the ghetto neighborhoods where buildings were being incinerated. The cops were pigs. Revolutionaries were stirring up trouble on the Lower East Side. Squatters moved in everywhere. Lots of heroin was going down. And the French Connection was strong. The city was a place where nobody gave a rat’s ass about anybody but themselves.”
Copies of the book will be available at the event. Additional information and ordering details can be found at: http://www.dancingmoonpress.com/a-collection-of-bummer-summers/
After intermission, there will be the usual open mic (5 minutes max, original work only, bring books to sell), as well as a celebration (with prizes). The first Writers’ Series event was held in Yachats in June 1997, so this finale marks a full 20 years of bringing national and regional authors to the Central Oregon Coast every month year-round (except December).
Please come and help us celebrate the end of an era.