Date: July 21, 2008
Author: Spin Staff
Headline: Tegan Quin, Augusten Burroughs Co-Headline SPIN's 'Liner Notes' Event
Slated to hit New York City's Housing Works Bookstore Café on Thursday, Sept. 4, the special event will celebrate music and literature, and raise money for HIV/AIDS. Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara and author Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors, A Wolf at the Table) will co-headline SPIN.com's Liner Notes, an event at Housing Works Bookstore Café on Thursday, Sept. 4 to celebrate the cross-pollination of music and literature and raise funds for Housing Works, a New York-based non-profit organization whose proceeds benefit its parent organization, Housing Works, Inc., the nation's largest minority-controlled AIDS service provider.
The event, presented by Spin magazine and the SPIN.com Book Club, will also feature a performance by musician Colin Frangicetto (Circa Survive) and readings by musicians Elizabeth Seward (Spelling & Grammar) and Stephen Christian (Anberlin), who recently published his first novel, The Orphaned Anythings. The performances will be juxtaposed to highlight the effects the written word and music have over each other, and will be particularly special, as Tegan recently penned a song for the audio edition of Augusten's latest book, A Wolf at the Table.
"Like a scene out of a movie, earlier this year Augusten Burroughs asked if Sara or I might contribute a song to the audio version of his latest masterpiece (he didn't use that word, I did)," Tegan says. "I of course was honored and terrified to embark on trying to write a song for someone other than me. I am typically a narcissist and have never written about anything or anyone but myself. Lucky for me Augusten loved it and I am so excited to share the stage with him!"
The SPIN.com Book Club is an eclectic collection of literary-minded musicians who participate in a monthly online book where the members read and discuss books that have influenced their songwriting and musical careers. Members include Drew Roulette (Dredg), Shawn Harris (the Matches), Michael Jurin (stellastarr*), Greta Salpeter (the Hush Sound), and honorary member author Rick Moody (The Ice Storm, Demonology). This is the inaugural Liner Notes event, a series organized by the Book Club to raise money for various non-profits and celebrate its goals.