Remember last year’s experiment in binge writing, Novel: Live!? It was the brainchild of Seattle7Writers Garth Stein and Jennie Shortridge: Get 36 Northwest authors to tag-team on a 60,000-word novel, with a finished product due in six days. Every two hours, from 10am to 10pm, someone new jumped onto the PC at Richard Hugo House, typing furiously until a story started to emerge. Seattle Met intern Olivia Margoshes checked out its progress in October, and reported:
"When I arrived at Hugo House on Day 1 of Noveling, Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Dietrich was nearing the end of his two-hour stint at the computer. As he typed, his words were projected onto a giant pull-down screen behind him:
So they prowled through the desk. As before, much of it seemed like Mayan code to both of them, a bunch of numbers and accounts that gave no clue as to whether to Angeline Hotel was solvent or bankrupt.
So far, the story depicts the life of Alexis Austin, who lives on the top floor of her mother’s Seattle hotel. There are caskets in the basement (next to the washing machines) and an old hippie resident with a pet crow named Habib. Clearly, one of the strengths of the novel will be its reflection of styles and genres as diverse as its authors. How diverse? Dietrich pens historical/mystery novels. Sean Beaudoin used to write for the Onion. Robert Dugoni deals in murder, treachery, and legal thrillers."
So what does a baby look and sound like when it has 36 sets of DNA? Find out tonight at 7 at Elliott Bay Book Co, when several of the novel’s contributors—including Dave Boling, Peter Mountford, Erica Bauermeister, Kit Bakke, Matthew Amster-Burton, David Lasky, and Jennie Shortridge—read excerpts from Hotel Angeline (published by Open Road Media) and discuss the controlled chaos of Novel: Live!.
Sales of Hotel Angeline benefit literary programs such as Writers in the Schools and Powerful Voices.