May 4th at 2pm, Steve Hughes is the writer and publisher of Stupor, Detroit's "hippest" and longest-running zine. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Stiff, a collection of original stories published by Wayne State University Press last November. His previous book, Stupor: A Treasury of True Stories, was funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation. Steve is also the creator of The Good Tyme Writers Buffet, a literary series and potluck that is presented at
Public Pool, a neighborhood art space in Hamtramck. His stories have appeared in Fence and A Detroit Anthology. Hughes lives in Hamtramck, where he continues to collect stories at local watering holes for forthcoming issues of Stupor.
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.