High Stakes for Me at the Millbrook Literary Festival

1553112_710153725693215_7318415197670883238_oIf you happen to be in Millbrook, NY this coming Saturday, June 21, drop into the library at 11:15 a.m. and you can hear me read from my new novel, One Hundred Miles from Manhattan.

This year marks the 6th annual Millbrook Literary Festival, and I’m being featured in an “Author Spotlight” during the day-long event.

My practice reading and book signing at Merritt Bookstore in Millbrook last month was a success, and if you care to see it, the video is below. I was introduced by friend and fellow author Dave King.


Since last month’s reading, I’ve continued to rehearse, polishing my delivery and the voices of the various characters. The section I read is only about 2,000 words (or 15 minutes) long, but contained in it are 9 characters, and I’m trying to make each of them distinct.

The pressure is on for me because the novel is about a fictional community very much like Millbrook (Wellington, NY), and this is my hometown.

I spent my summers here as a boy, graduated from high school here, was a newspaper reporter here after college, and settled down here again about 8 years ago. I’m a fixture at the diner, the post office, the library, and the Chinese restaurant. Every day I bump into someone with whom I went to high school.

DSCN5778The point is, I’m going to have to show my face around the village after this, so it had better be good.

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By Chris Orcutt

Writer — The Dakota Stevens Mystery Series, Short fiction, Plays — Editor & Speechwriter for Hire — Avid Golfer, Chess Player & Awesome Wood-Splitter — Twitter: @chrisorcutt

Comments (2)

  1. Chris Orcutt June 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for your compliments, Bick. As you know, it takes a great deal of practice to make it polished. I’m hoping that this weekend’s reading will be even smoother. Take care, Chris

  2. Bick June 17, 2014 at 3:16 am

    As a graduate of Emerson College in Boston with a degree in speech, I was most interesting in hearing you do a reading from your novel “One Hundred Miles from Manhattan”.
    The novel is beautifully written with a poignant look into the world of the Rhinebeck “privileged”. Your reading (oral interpretation) was agreeably professional and gave the presentation a pleasant intimacy of an author and his work.
    Thanks for sharing your talent with the rest of us.