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An Evening of Stories plus a Giveaway

July 26, 2009
Kathy with George Dawes Green 2

Kathy with author George Dawes Green

Carl and I attended The Moth’s event in Savannah last Thursday night.  The Moth is a not-for-profit storytelling organization started by author George Dawes Green twelve years ago.  I’ve read/heard several different stories as to the significance of the name of The Moth and I’m not really sure which one is true, so I’m not going to repeat any of them.

The theme of Thursday night’s show was Coming Home, since that is essentially what George was doing – coming home to celebrate the publication of his new book, Ravens.  Five people told true stories from their own lives relating to the theme.  The storytellers were:

  • Jonathan Ames – the author of several books, including The Extra Man which will be released as a movie next year.  He also created  Bored to Death, which will begin on HBO in September.  He also served as host for the evening.
  • Sheri Holman – the author of four books, including The Mammoth Cheese, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize.  She is a founding member of The Moth.
  • Steve Osborne – a retired New York City police officer.  He was a Lieutenant in the Detective Bureau when he retired.
  • Wanda Bullard –  a retired teacher, she currently works with 6th, 7th and 8th graders with emotional disorders.  The story goes that telling stories on her porch was the inspiration for The Moth.  She was the only one of the storytellers I didn’t get to meet.
  • George Dawes Green – the author of three books and the founder of The Moth.

Ben Tucker served as the timekeeper.  He is considered one of the Top Ten Bass Players in the world.  It was his job to keep each story under twelve minutes, so the audience wouldn’t get bored.  At ten minutes in, he would pluck a few strings; at eleven minutes he would play a little more.  We were told that if the story went longer than twelve minutes, then Ben and the storyteller would compete for the audience’s attention, but we didn’t get to see that happen.

All of the storytellers were great, each of their stories was unique and they all made us laugh.  This was a great way to spend an evening!  If The Moth performs, near you, make sure you go!  While we were there, I got George to autograph two copies of Ravens – one for me and one to give away.  To enter this giveaway for an autographed copy of RAVENS,  simply leave a comment on this post.  Contest is open worldwide.  I will use to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EST, Sunday August 9, 2009.  Winner will be announced on Monday, August 10, 2009.

Here’s another picture just for fun.  This creature was hanging out in the lagoon that our deck overlooked while we were at the beach.  Carl saw his whole body (which he estimated to be about six feet long), but all I saw was his head and it was about a foot long.



88 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2009 7:32 am

    Ooh can I be entered for this one please. It looks very good.

  2. July 26, 2009 7:37 am

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend your vacation time!

    Don’t enter me!

  3. July 26, 2009 7:50 am

    That picture of the alligator is so cool!

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

  4. July 26, 2009 8:19 am

    Hey! Sounds like a great way to spend an evening. The pic is nice, but the first thing I thought when I saw it was “How did she photograph Darth Vader upside down?” That’s what a Star Wars marathon does to you!
    Please do enter me in your giveaway. Your review of Ravens makes it sound like a page-turner.

  5. July 26, 2009 8:22 am

    Your evening sounded wonderful. I love attending these types of events, unfortunately, there aren’t that many in Montreal 😦

    Loved the picture of your little visitor – would have scared the heck out of me –

  6. July 26, 2009 8:51 am

    Great photo Kathy. No need to enter me in the giveaway, but thanks.

  7. July 26, 2009 8:59 am

    What a fabulous idea (about the story-telling “slam”). You are so fortunate to have gone! (And it sounds way better than a presentation on butterflies!) :–) And I love “Tomboy.” He looks so cute but I guess he’s not really cute if you get close. Don’t enter me; just stopping by to comment on the other stuff!

  8. July 26, 2009 9:11 am

    Creatures in lagoons give me the heebie-jeebies. Yow! scary. Sounds like you had a great time at The Moth.

    Please enter me in the drawing.


  9. July 26, 2009 9:12 am

    I’d like to enter in this giveaway 🙂

    I posted about it on my blog too

    That sounds like a fun activity and it’s great that you got to meet the author! They never do anything like that here :/

  10. July 26, 2009 9:19 am

    Awwzz you were in Savannah, GA. I live about 45 minutes north of there, gotta love scenic savannah. I love autograph copies of books. So enter me please.

  11. July 26, 2009 9:36 am

    Please enter me. 🙂


  12. stacybuckeye permalink
    July 26, 2009 9:41 am

    This sounds like a perfect evening. I’ll have to plan my trip to Savannah on an event like this. I’m jealous 😉

  13. July 26, 2009 9:58 am

    I’d love to win the book, but I think I’ll pass on swimming!!

    SOunds like a fantastic evening. How lucky that you were able to go.


  14. Mariag permalink
    July 26, 2009 10:16 am

    I have had my eye on this book. Please enter me to win.

  15. July 26, 2009 10:21 am

    What a wonderful idea for an evening of fun. I thought the art of storytelling has gone away but am relieved to hear it has not. I’m envious of your evening. I’m going to check to see where else they might be doing this.

    Don’t enter me in the contest. Just wanted to comment on The Moth.

  16. July 26, 2009 10:57 am

    I have been reading about this book in the book blogs and would like to read it.

    Please do count me in!


  17. miriamparker permalink
    July 26, 2009 12:14 pm

    Sounds like it was such a good night! Jonathan Ames is HILARIOUS, and obviously George Dawes Green is amazing. So glad you got to go, Kathy!

  18. July 26, 2009 12:25 pm

    Glad you had a good time, despite the creature! Sounds like The Moth event was interesting, too. Don’t enter me for the giveaway, just stopping by to say hello. 😉

  19. July 26, 2009 12:31 pm

    Ravens sounds great, please enter me in the contest (although I feel like I am pushing my luck!). We had a lot of alligator activity here this Spring but things seemed to have clamed down – they make me nervous!

  20. Jessica permalink
    July 26, 2009 12:34 pm

    I would love to be entered into this contest! Sounds cool. Thanks so much.

    barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  21. July 26, 2009 1:21 pm

    Don’t enter me Kathy. I just wanted to day that it sounds like a wonderful evening for you and Carl and that picture is scary! lol.

  22. July 26, 2009 2:11 pm

    What a fantastic evening! I love the musical warning, kind of like an awards show.

    Your visitor outside the hotel would give me the creeps. I probably wouldn’t have spent much time on that deck! Glad you enjoyed trip!!

  23. July 26, 2009 2:41 pm

    Storytelling is a great way to spend a day/weekend/year/life…

    please enter me in the Giveaway..i thought i recognized the name George Dawes Green..he wrote THE CAVEMAN’S VALENTINE….an old favorite of mine


  24. July 26, 2009 3:12 pm

    What a creepy creature! The storytelling sounds like it would have been a lot of fun to listen to.

  25. DarcyO permalink
    July 26, 2009 3:31 pm

    Please enter me. What a great giveaway! I heard you on the blogger podcast, I’ll bet that was a blast!

  26. July 26, 2009 3:48 pm

    Scary! I’m glad he was far enough away that you could photograph him, but he couldn’t bite you! Scary!

  27. July 26, 2009 4:12 pm

    No need to enter me, Kathy. Great post. Just posted on Win A Book for you.

  28. July 26, 2009 4:19 pm

    Please enter me in this drawing. I’ve heard so many great reviews about this book. Sounds like a wonderfully entertaining evening. Thanks! Indigo

  29. etirv permalink
    July 26, 2009 4:32 pm

    I want to win this book, thanks!!!

  30. July 26, 2009 4:33 pm

    This sounds like such a great read. Please count me in. Thanks. jessica(at)fan(dot)com

  31. July 26, 2009 5:18 pm

    Don’t enter me in the contest – I have a copy (tho, alas, unsigned!). I am just soooooo jealous of you not only getting to attend the storytelling event, but meeting and talking with George Dawes Green. (I saw your Q&A with him a few months back, too.) I think he would be a fascinating person to talk with. I am definitely going to look into this Moth event. I might even have to plan a trip somewhere to be sure and catch one! Thanks for sharing your experience (even Tomboy).

  32. July 26, 2009 5:20 pm

    How fun! Please count me in.


  33. Julie H. permalink
    July 26, 2009 6:08 pm

    Sounds like an interesting evening! I’d love to be entered.


    JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com

  34. Jenny N. permalink
    July 26, 2009 6:11 pm

    I really want to read this book after seeing the trailer for it.


  35. July 26, 2009 6:28 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful time. I hope it comes this way! Please enter me!


  36. Vicki permalink
    July 26, 2009 7:01 pm

    I’d love to win this book!

    lelou2 AT ymail DOT com

  37. July 26, 2009 7:27 pm

    First off, Tomboy is scary!!! Egads…I’m not sure if I could’ve taken that photo!! You’re brave Kathy!!

    Your time at the Moth sounds so fantastic!!! I would love to see this show. I’m going to google it right now and see if it is around in Michigan at all!!

  38. July 26, 2009 7:28 pm

    duh! Have you ever had those moments? You have the link right up there at the beginning of your posts!!

  39. kim permalink
    July 26, 2009 8:30 pm

    Sounds like a great event! Please enter me in the giveaway!

  40. July 26, 2009 9:15 pm

    What a great night ! Thanks for sharing that story with us.

  41. July 26, 2009 10:12 pm

    How nice, to see The Moth live! I have listened to several podcasts and really enjoy it. Throw my name in the hat for “Ravens”. I keep hearing great things about it.

    Did Tomboy ever come on land? I hear gators are pretty quick.

    Have a good week!

  42. Llehn permalink
    July 27, 2009 1:48 am

    I’d love to play please. Thanks!

  43. July 27, 2009 2:06 am

    I would love to read this book!

  44. July 27, 2009 3:35 am

    It took me a moment to realize what that ‘creature’ is and then I felt terror. 😛

  45. Cindy V permalink
    July 27, 2009 4:12 am

    Sounds like you had a great time. Please enter me for the giveaway. I’ve read great reviews on this book.

  46. July 27, 2009 7:28 am

    Sounds like a wonderul way to spend an evening.

    Enter me please.

  47. Pam R. permalink
    July 27, 2009 9:07 am

    What a fun event! It makes me wish I lived in a larger centre as things like that don’t happen in my hometown. I’ve read great things about this book though and would love to read it! Enter me please!

  48. July 27, 2009 9:08 am

    Looks like a wonderful evening spent! So excited to read about the book just basing it in the synopsis.

    Do toss my name in the hat, please. 🙂

  49. Raelena permalink
    July 27, 2009 9:35 am

    count me in please!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  50. Elaine G permalink
    July 27, 2009 11:03 am

    please enter me in the giveaway

  51. July 27, 2009 11:37 am

    Kathy: What a fun time you had! The book looks really good (please enter me in the giveaway :)) Also, that photo gave me chills…what an amazing shot. Hold tight to Milou….don’t want him falling off the deck into THAT monster’s territory!!!

  52. July 27, 2009 12:36 pm

    Sounds great!
    Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

  53. scottsgal permalink
    July 27, 2009 1:47 pm

    Sounds like a good time, well besides the creepy alligator ! Please count me in
    msboatgal at

  54. July 27, 2009 1:57 pm

    You don’t have to enter me.

    Just wanted to say it sounds like you had a wonderful time. Very unique experience to be sure. Thanks for sharing.

  55. Anita Yancey permalink
    July 27, 2009 7:43 pm

    Ravens sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!


  56. July 27, 2009 7:52 pm

    What a great way to spend the evening! I love listening to storytellers! It’s funny that when we are young, we think nothing of someone telling us a story, but when we become adults it’s something even more special!
    Please enter me in your fantastic giveaway!

    Thanks for hosting this!
    quzy [at] mac [dot] com

  57. Shawna Lewis permalink
    July 27, 2009 8:15 pm

    Thank you so much for this chance to win this AMAZING Book!!!!! Thanks Thanks Thanks!!!!

  58. CherylS22 permalink
    July 27, 2009 8:41 pm

    Oh! What a wicked creature!
    Please count me in ~ Thanks!

  59. July 27, 2009 9:02 pm

    Sounds like you had a blast … and then to come home to Tomboy! Good grief!

  60. Sharon Walling permalink
    July 27, 2009 9:16 pm

    I would have loved to be in your shoes. Lucky you!! I would love to be entered to win. Thanks for the chance.

  61. July 28, 2009 9:19 am

    No need to enter me Kathy. I just think it is so cool that you met Green!! The Moth storytelling sounds like so much fun!

  62. July 28, 2009 10:29 am

    wow, this sounds like a fantastic program! I wonder if there are any D.C. or Maryland events. I’ll have to check out the site.

    Thanks for the update on this great series and organization.

    I would love to win an autographed copy of RAVENS…I’ve heard great things about it.

    I’ll post the giveaway in the sidebar at Savvy.

  63. July 28, 2009 3:38 pm

    Sounds like fun! I’ve heard good things about Ravens so I would love to be entered for a chance to win!

  64. James permalink
    July 28, 2009 4:50 pm

    What a great promotion. Please count me in!

  65. July 28, 2009 6:27 pm

    I’d have loved to have been there with you – storytelling is such a beautiful art, and it seems less and less people do it these days.

  66. July 28, 2009 10:05 pm

    That sound like such a lovely way to spend an evening. And meeting authors is better than meeting movie stars (imho) LOL. I would love to be entered to win. Thanks for the chance.

    waitmantwillie at hotmail dot com

  67. Wanda permalink
    July 29, 2009 10:52 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book. And by the way, that’s quite the picture you posted. I’m glad you didn’t fall off your deck!!

  68. July 30, 2009 9:12 pm

    I would love to be entered as this book is on my wish list!! And what a cool event! How fun to be able to attend something like this!

  69. July 31, 2009 8:04 am

    Sounds like a great event. And thanks for the awesome giveaway. I’ve posted a link to this post in my sidebar.


  70. August 1, 2009 8:11 am

    It sounds like a great book! Please enter me! 🙂

  71. Debbie permalink
    August 1, 2009 5:35 pm

    Please include me in your giveaway.

  72. August 2, 2009 9:54 am

    Just returned from vacation and catching up on all my blogs! This sounds like a great giveaway.

  73. Amanda permalink
    August 2, 2009 1:33 pm

    This book sounds really good!

  74. Marie permalink
    August 3, 2009 7:12 pm

    I would love to read this!

  75. August 5, 2009 7:00 am

    Please enter me.


    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  76. Christine W. permalink
    August 6, 2009 12:14 am

    Ravens is a book that I would really love to win! I think that it is an interesting title considering what it is about. Please enter me.

    Thank you,


  77. Debbie F. permalink
    August 6, 2009 9:38 am

    Please enter me! thanks

  78. Strangelove permalink
    August 6, 2009 6:24 pm

    Do count me in.
    Thanks for the chance!

  79. Edu Chico permalink
    August 7, 2009 8:20 am

    One more trying it’s luck.

  80. Jafantunes permalink
    August 7, 2009 8:47 am

    Looks like a goo read!

    o_rei_de_havana AT hotmail DOT com

  81. MariaD permalink
    August 7, 2009 9:13 am

    This is a great book I’m sure!
    If I don’t get to win it I am sure I will buy it.

  82. Caty permalink
    August 7, 2009 10:41 am

    I think I will love this book!

  83. Susy permalink
    August 7, 2009 10:58 am

    Ravens looks amazing!
    Count me in for it!

  84. Jo Dias permalink
    August 7, 2009 11:04 am

    My kind of book!


  85. August 8, 2009 12:58 am

    I’d love to be entered. Thanks.

  86. Sara M permalink
    August 9, 2009 2:03 pm

    This could be the first reason I can think of not to play the lottery. Hmm… I’d like to read it regardless. Please enter me.

    skkmiller (at) live (dot) com

  87. emily l permalink
    August 9, 2009 8:21 pm

    I would love to be entered for this. 🙂

  88. Mary D permalink
    August 9, 2009 10:13 pm

    I’d so love to win, please count me in 🙂

    ps – you are BRAVER than me lol, I probably would have fainted then fallen off the deck right into the gator’s gaping jaw

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