We were thrilled to host local author Natalie Hopkinson last night for an event for her new book, Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City, a work that generates precisely the sort of engaged discussion that Politics & Prose has always been proud to support and promote. The store was full for the event, and the energy in the room was palpable. The book sold out. All in all, it was a great evening but for one unfortunate incident beforehand that has now been widely distorted in the blogosphere. We would like to clarify what happened.
Several local blogs today have suggested that Politics & Prose banned go-go music at the event. That is untrue. The incident that has generated controversy involved music being turned off for a few minutes immediately before the event while we conferred with a customer who had complained. Ms. Hopkinson did play a song from her playlist during her talk, and the full playlist, which we had welcomed her to bring, was turned back on as soon as the event ended and continued through the rest of the evening.
Politics & Prose does not censor or ban music or books, nor does the store allow one person’s point of view to silence a group discussion. This would contradict everything P&P has stood for throughout its 28 years. We regret that the music was turned off, however briefly, and that the interruption in any way detracted from an event that the author herself has described on her blog today as a “great reading” and “a truly wonderful dialogue about go-go music and the history of the Chocolate City.” As always, P&P will continue to provide a forum for community discussion that gives voice to a diverse range of ideas and points of view.
—Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine, co-owners