- ON THE LIST FOR APRIL Zubair Ahmed, Jac Jemc, and Mark “Mom” Finley.
Seattle's literary community is still hungover from the relentless party schedule of the AWP conference that hit town at the beginning of this month. But it's finally time to re-crunken yourself and get back out on the readings circuit—spring is here, wanton lust is in the air, and, starting Monday, the APRIL Festival is back in town.
Now in its third year, APRIL—for you virgins, that stands for Authors, Publishers, and Readers of Independent Literature—is a Stranger Genius finalist organization that frees literature from the constraints of mainstream corporate publishing and gives it back to the people with multidisciplinary events in nontraditional venues. Organizers have started putting on more events year-round, including a book club and a bicycle tour of independent booksellers, but the festival is still the centerpiece. In order to help you plan your APRIL, here's a list of all its events, in descending order of awesomeness: