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Kidlit Karaoke Night: Take Two

Admittedly I tried this once before and was burned.  Instead of fine free karaoke in a delightful Brooklyn bar, my compatriots and I had to settle for fine $2 karaoke in a Manhattan nun-filled room.  Actually, it wasn’t half bad.  But I was denied my free karaoke in a place run by a man who calls himself The Sisco Kid.  That will not stand!  So we are attempting to try it all over again.

You may ask: What does karaoke have to do with children’s literature?

I reply:  Look!  A bear!  (and I exit stage left)

I figure it this way.  If you like the regular Kidlit Drink Nights held here in New York, where people meet and mingle with different folks from the industry, imagine how much better it would be while yodeling the lyrics to a Flight of Seagulls song.  No?  Well we’re going to give it another shot anyway.  Usual co-conspirator Cheryl Klein will unfortunately be unable to join us, but that doesn’t mean you should feel the same.  Here are the details:

Where:  The Old Carriage Inn, 312 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY, (718) 788-7747

When: Saturday, February 28th.  Karaoke begins at 9:00.  I plan on being there at 8:30, to grab a table or two for us.

What Else?:  Nothing.  And even if you don’t want to sing we should still be able to talk about various issues.  The new Kindle.  The Facebook terms of use.  The truly amazing book that is The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg (read it).  See you there!

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Exit, pursued by a bear.

  2. Oh good. The reference was gotten. Though doesn’t the line also give stage directions? Or am I making that up?

  3. Oh, man. Am I really ready to do this again? Okay, I am. I have a song already picked out and everything. Will Matt be there? I’m thinking of getting the sitter and bringing my more sarcastic half along…

  4. Matt may indeed be there. Bring the sarcastic half, by all means. I don’t think I’ve met him yet. I’m thinking of busting out either the Dolly Parton or the Journey. Life’s too short not to do one or the other.

  5. Mrs. FB's Books Blog says:

    So do you have a Kindle? I’m thinking about purchasing one, but I haven’t heard from anyone who actually HAS one how they like it…

  6. The only people I know here in town with electronic reading devices are agents and editors. It’s much easier to read a manuscript when it’s in an electronic form. Of course, many of them have such objects only because their companies purchased them. In terms of people who have bought their own… I dunno. Seems like a lot of work to me. Books are easier. I can write in books. I can stuff ’em in my purse and sit on them. I can dance a tarantella on a book and, while it may not appreciate the gesture, it’ll still be readable in the end. For a klutz like myself, electronic literature is a danger. To the electronics, that is. I say that but ask me again in 2 years. I’m sure I’ll have caved by then.

  7. I’ll be rocking the Pointer Sisters. You’ll bring down the house with “9 to 5″! Journey is intriguing…how do you narrow down the great choices?

  8. No need to narrow. There’s only one Journey song in my book. And it involves not so much stopping with the believing.

  9. No Gretchen Wilson? Awww, maaaaaaaan…

  10. I love the reference. But no stage direction included.

  11. Andrew Fischler says:

    I think you might want to try and grab 3 or 4 tables. If you can manage to find a way to barricade the door to people not on your own personal invite list, well then, even better. ^_^

  12. Karaoke! I’ll try and get there! Glad to have you back in Brooklyn.


    The Homer P. Figg book sounds great-just added it to my order. Thanks.

  14. Fischler! The Fisch! Now it really WILL be a party. Excellent. 3 or 4 tables definitely. We may even have to take over that chilly pool room.

  15. Karaoke? Oh man you sure know how to bait the hook.

  16. Mr. Brightside and I are ready to ROCK OUT! Pleeeease tell me Matt will be busting out more fierce rhymes!

  17. Anyone else getting as geeked up as me about tomorrow night? Lori! and I have a duet planned…

    I think Matt should woo us all with some John Legend. Swoooooon!

  18. Can you believe that he might be getting a sore throat? We’re going to try to beat it back with some high doses of vitamin C, but dunno…