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Dianne Salerni : Writer of Teen and Middle Grade Fiction | Dorian’s Parlor

Dorian’s Parlor


So, it’s all set:

Saturday, November 27 at the Doubletree Hotel in Center City, Philadelphia, I’ll be reading from We Hear the Dead and leading a Q/A session at a “Dress-to-the-Nines, Steampunk, Neo-Victorian, Black-Tie” evening – in full 19th century costume!

How did I end up here?

Well, it starts like this: A man and his wife go into a corset shop …

Yeah, I know it sounds like a dirty joke, but it’s true. My husband took me to Philadelphia for a surprise shopping trip last month, on the hunt for a nineteenth century-type costume. The wonderful staff at Passional were not only able to help us put together an outfit, they suggested we check out Dorian’s Parlor, a monthly steampunk extravaganza held just down the street. Passional apparently outfits a number of steampunk enthusiasts and has a regular vendor table at the event. Even though We Hear the Dead is not steampunk, they seemed confident the subject matter would be of interest to the Dorian crowd.

(Of course, the romantic lead of WHTD, intrepid Arctic explorer Dr. Elisha Kent Kane, was a Philadelphia native and rests eternally within the city limits. See my blog post about visiting his tomb here.)

My promotional staff (ie: Bob) contacted Gil Cnaan, one of the organizers of Dorian’s Parlor, and before I knew it, the two of them had booked me on stage – in corset – to do a formal reading. I am psyched! When I learned that the evening’s entertainment will also include a showing of the animated short film The Tesla Experiment: Twain in Vain, I knew it had to be another SIGN!

Dorian’s Parlor was recently named the Ultimate Geeky Getaway by Geekadelphia. Well, with my lovely new outfit, at least I’ll be dressed in appropriate Geek Chic … Pictures to come, I promise!

11 Responses to Dorian’s Parlor

  1. salarsenッ says:

    OMGosh, I’m psyched for you! Go get’em. I can’t wait to here what happens. “;-)

  2. Candyland says:

    OOOHHHHH!!!!
    *Wants to go*

    That sounds like fun!

  3. Sounds awesome. I so can’t wait to see the pictures. Post soon:)

  4. A book reading in a coset. Okay, how cool is that? You better be taking pictures to share with us! 😉

  5. Linda G. says:

    I hope your publicity staff will be taking pics. 😉

  6. Now THAT sounds fabulous! Yes pictures, please!

  7. Linda, Yes, my publicity staff (aka Bob) will take pictures! Hopefully, he’ll be dressed up too. He’s having trouble locating an appropriate costume due to Halloween shortages, but I’m hoping for Navy uniform (ala Dr. Elisha Kent Kane) or something else dashing and scrumptious!

    I’m a real sucker for a man dressed in 19th C attire!

  8. Marva Dasef says:

    Whoa! That Dorian’s Place looks more vampirish than steampunkish. Watch your neck!

  9. mshatch says:

    can’t wait to see your post on this event! This sounds like fun and how cool is it that they’re playing your movie! Holy Cow! You should make sure to bring a notebook in case you get some ideas 🙂

  10. woot woot! sounds like fun!

  11. Lenny Lee! says:

    yikes! theres signs everywhere for you! how cool is that! even that telsa movie cause you just talked about him in a post. wow im just real excited for you. i saw in that movie titanic that lady getting a corset pulled soooo tight. wow how could you breath and read as the same time. ha ha i cant wait to see how you and mr bob are gonna look. take lots of pictures please.
    …hugs from lenny