Sunday, March 15th Blue Skirt Productions celebrated the highly anticipated release of The Shepherd’s Journals by Drew Andrews at the American Legion Hall on Alberta Street.
Local band Bright and Shiny kicked off the evening with their haunting and brilliant music. (Seriously, if you ever get the chance to hear these guys play, you’re in for a real treat.) Then Gayle Towell warmed up the crowd by getting in character and reading an excerpt from her forthcoming illustrated journal How to Draw Dumb Looking Animals.
The real magic began when God himself arrived, adorned in white robes and sandals, with long, flowing hair and uncompromising sarcastic wit. As mediator of the Prayer Box Death Match, God chose which prayers would be answered with help from the audience. Many prizes were awarded, but many prayers were sadly crumpled and tossed asunder.
Then Drew Andrews, the star of the evening, read some passages from The Shepherd’s Journals, giving everyone a taste of his insightful, if deranged, narrator and his incredible literary talent. Drew fielded questions from the audience which ranged from the practical (where’d you get your shirt?) to the deeply philosophical. He even played a few of his songs, leaving the audience begging for an encore.
The evening’s finale was a performance of Tom Waits’ Chocolate Jesus by Bright and Shiny, featuring Sean Davis as lead singer, with Leila Del Duca playing the chicken. (Yes, you read that right.)
The Shepherd’s Journals is available in print and e-book through most major online booksellers and will soon be in a select number of brick and mortar stores. You can also order an autographed copy by clicking here.