Book launch event to bring ‘Rock and Roll Reading’ to Replay Lounge

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An event on Sunday will celebrate Midwestern writers and the launch of Lawrence author and bookseller Danny Caine’s new book of poetry.

Caine, part owner of Raven Book Store in Lawrence, has published “Picture Window,” which he describes as “my dreamy and restless collection of domestic poems” and easily his most personal book.


“Danny always celebrates community, so this event will start with a Rock and Roll Reading in which Midwest writers read something about or inspired by Rock and Roll (or any of its precursors or offshoots) for just a couple of minutes each, the length of a song,” Daniel Hoyt said via email.

The reading will include KT/DG, Chance Dibben, Julia Gaughan, Melissa Fite Johnson, Liana Martin, Peter Lyrene, Huascar Medina, Tucker Newsome, Holly Pelesky, Amy Stuber and Ben Trickey, according to an event flyer.

Then Caine will read from his new book. Finally, Heidi Lynne Gluck and CS Luxem will play short sets. 

“Picture Window” will be offered for sale and signing at the event, which is set for 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts St.

Caine is also the author of the book “How to Resist Amazon and Why” and poetry collections “Continental Breakfast,” “El Dorado Freddy’s,” and “Flavortown.” The Lawrence event kicks off a brief tour for “Picture Window” that also includes stops in Chicago and Cleveland.

Here’s more info about the book from the publisher:

“Danny Caine is struggling to adapt to new fatherhood when the Covid-19 pandemic upends, well, everything. All of a sudden, the glorious world he hoped to share with his son has shrunk, at times composing not much more than his rented house in Kansas and the small parking lot across the street. Denied access to Elsewhere, Caine begins to grapple with the concept of ‘home.’ The question gains new urgency when two things happen: Caine’s childhood home is sold, and Caine’s family is forced into an excruciating long-distance living arrangement. With mostly short, sometimes-surreal poems, Picture Window attempts (and maybe fails) to define ‘home’ in an era when the future is uncertain and everything feels a little bit off.”

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