last thursday i went to a reading at uc berkeley featuring ana castillo. i’ve always been a big fan of her work–so it was an honor to see her. there was quite a nice turnout–and lots of friends were there, including poets javier huerta, oscar bermeo, & barbara jane reyes. i liked castillo’s reading overall…tho it was hard to hear at times because she was holding the mic in her hand and sometimes it would drop too low. the work she read was ok–some short shorts from a chapbook & then excerpts from her newest novel, which felt mixed in terms of quality.
the question and answer period was awful tho. castillo was kinda flippant–she answered the first question saying that she doesnt really answer questions about her books. wtf. what was kinda annoying also was that she had some chapbooks for sale… $40 apiece! seriously, selling a chapbook for $40 at a university reading! give me a break.