A good reading series brings famous authors to town, introduces them to the adoring masses and perhaps fetes them with a box of wine and some chunks of cheese. A great reading series honors well-known authors, gives up-and-coming writers a voice (and an audience to hear that voice) and builds a strong literary community. Observable Readings does all those things plus, there's usually beer. Since 2003 this ambitious, civic-minded, downright fantastic series has been showcasing the work of local talents and national luminaries alike. Aaron Belz, the local poet and Saint Louis University post-doc who curates Observable, doesn't conduct his reading series in the rarefied hush of bookstores and libraries. Instead, the majority of the Observable Readings take place at the Schlafly Bottleworks or Tap Room. What better way to create a fun, laid-back, local vibe than with a frosty pint of fun, laid-back, local brew? What's more, the authors' hard-won words don't just dissipate into the cosmos; each year Observable publishes an anthology of works by series participants. Find out what all the buzz is about by attending one of the many Observable events planned for the fall and winter from the ever-popular Day of the Dead Beats celebration to a reading by New Yorker
staff writer (and native St. Louisan) Dana Goodyear.