April 20th at 2pm, Julién Godman is an Armenian-American creative, Detroit born and raised on the road. Often jumping from project to project, his ‘day job’ strongly reflects his nomadic upbringing. He is a freelance writer, public relations professional and nonprofit consultant. And is the creator and owner of the Tonic & Juice™ brand, which distributes its own organic herbal tea line, and caters special events.
Over the last five years his writing has morphed from page poetry, to food critic, to the arts, to travelogues. His latest work Andanzas, Vol. I., Friends continues his travelogue style often combining observations in the present with things in memory and imagination. His short works tread the line between creative non-fiction, social criticism, and fictional prose.
There is a unique dynamic between the written and spoken word. In reading aloud what is written down, in its horizontal and linear construction, in expressing verbally what the most basic form of communication is, the speaker becomes more than just a reader, but a Storyteller. Something magical happens when there is a release of words from the page utilizing our voice. In the age of media, of solitary observation of screens and the silent withdrawal of the individual to read, we forsake our common unifying bond, the communal splendor of a campfire. The hearth of human civilization revolves around the fundamental communal gathering and always is the Storyteller in the center.
With each Storytelling Series event, Book Suey will present a local writer/author to speak, to tell us a story, invite us to experience a piece of their world, their vision -- illuminating something we were unable to see before.