“Books Will Bring Us Together”

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Are you a bookworm trying to meet new people? Or are you maybe a more casual reader looking for a stimulating conversation with new friends? Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar in Seattle, Washington may have the perfect activity for you. Don’t let Vermillion’s name fool you; we are not talking about a stringent art critique amongst wine lovers.

“Movable Type Mixer” occurs on a quarterly basis at Vermillion. The next event is happening this month on Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30pm in PDT.[1] It’s a social gathering between old friends, new acquaintances, and everyone in between. With no cover charge, public speaking requirements, or intrusive questions on your personal life, Movable Mixer is the perfect place for a leisurely activity to meet new people. The only requirement is to bring the printed book you are reading and be open to discuss it. Quite simple isn’t it?

Movable Type is not discriminatory against casual readers. Anyone reading any sort of book is welcome! No matter how many books a person reads, he or she is encouraged to join the group. Paul Constant explains, “I’ve talked with nice people about Kafka and Stephen King and a memoir about a peculiar cat and urban planning, and I felt a wave of euphoria when I saw a woman carrying a beautiful new edition of Jim Dodge’s bighearted, bizarre novella Fup. It’s practically impossible to have a bad time.[2]

Founder Amy Levenson has worked in international publishing for nine years. Levenson believes “books are the one topic that can pump all the awkwardness out of a stiff social situation.” She got the idea for the discussion group while in Europe after stumbling across a monthly book club meeting in a Parisian bar. “’Book clubs are usually small and private,” she explains, but “the idea of expanding one to anybody who wanted to come makes it completely unpredictable.”’ Upon moving to Seattle, Levenson realized it was the perfect place to start an open book gathering.[3]

Weary on talking to someone you don’t know? Levenson proposes this food for thought, “Even if people can’t look at your face, they’ll look at your book and talk about it,” she says.[4]

Printed books bring people together; they enable introductions to be stress-free and intriguing. Strangers, who assume to have nothing in common with one another, are soon chatting over their latest novel with a new acquaintance and friend at Vermillion. Support print and support this friendly community event.

Continue the Choose Print Movement and get your orders in today!

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