Audience members listened intently Thursday night as local author Bruce Behymer stepped up to the stage at Pages Books and Coffee in Newton, and began to read from his book “I Should Write This Stuff Down.”
Some of his humorous passages drew laughs from the audience, while other passages appeared to make audience members pause and reflect. They seemed to be enjoying the first of Pages’ series of open mic nights, where writers are invited to share their works with a live audience.
For both attendees and performers, it was all about celebrating the written word.
The event also was about promoting literacy, and local volunteers for “World Book Night” were honored during intermission.
World Book Night in the United States is a campaign to give away half a million free books across the country. The books are intended to be distributed by volunteers Monday, William Shakespeare’s birthday, and volunteers are encouraged to give the books to people in need at organizations, such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, homeless shelters and more.
“People may be getting their first book for the first time,” said Mollie Sultenfuss, co-owner of Pages.