The 40 or so of you that came out last night to hear Ann Powers discuss her work, and her life, and her approach to music criticism in conversation with the stunning journalist Katherine Lanpher (note to Katherine: we are all absolutely dying for you to start a book show on the radio in NYC! Pretty pretty please!) , are very lucky creatures indeed. It was definitely a Cupcake special event by all accounts!

I am reading Ann's newest book, Tori Amos: Piece by Piece, a collaboration between the ultimate Cupcake rock critic and the ultimate Cupcake rock star, with great interest, and also highly recommend Ann's memoir, Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America, for a dose of the incisive social and political commentary we are all craving at the moment.

(Also: anyone who ever reads my personal blog knows I am nurturing a little obsession with all things Bohemian right now, which reminds me that author Rene Steinke, author of the forthcoming novel, Holy Skirts was in the audience last night.)

Ann also recommended an excellent new book that she has contributed to, called The Rose and the Briar: Death, Love, and Liberty in the American Ballad, and read Edelweiss, her pithy book from a series called Bookmarks (Elizabeth bought it at Elliott Bay Book Company, but I can't find any mention of it online) .

Next time you're in Seattle, make sure to stop by the Experience Music Project, where she is currently a curator. She also said she plans on doing a lot more writing (yay-lucky us!) and we even managed to work in a little convo post-reading about a potential future Cupcake featuring a panel of female rock critics. How cool would that be? Very cool indeed.

Needless to say, despite her claims to the contrary, Ann Powers is a total rock star. Thank you again to Katherine Lanpher for moderating a wonderful conversation and post-reading Q&A with the audience, and to Bluestockings for selling books!

And while I presume Elizabeth will post her comments and thanks sometime this weekend, I'll just say, on behalf of both of us, a special thank you to all of you who joined us last night, and to those who come out for the reading each month, and send us email, and read the blog, and tell your friends -- your continued support and inspiration make it all worthwhile.


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