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Reading Sherman’s Portland Old Port Festival

June 10, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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Reading Sherman’s Portland Old Port Festival

Join us at Sherman’s Books of Portland during the Old Port Festival for a Signing and Reading on June 10, 2018.

The ever-engaging and thoroughly charming John Getchell will be on hand at Sherman’s during the Old Port Festival give a talk and reading about his book, “Sign of the Apocalypse: Ruminations and Wit from an American Roadside Prophet.”

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He’s become a local folk hero whose musings strike up classroom and coffee counter conversations. One message gained national acclaim recently from TV talk show host James Corden, who said “Whoever did this is genius.”

“Strike While The Irony Is Hot,” “Be The Person You Pretend to be on Facebook,” and “Stop Making Stupid People Famous.” All words to live by and, in Arundel/Kennebunkport, words to drive by.
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Friends, neighbors, and passersby from all over the country can’t fail to miss “The Sign’s” constantly changing humor and insight. On occasion, The Sign of the Apocalypse (SOTA) traffics in the earnest, but at its heart is rooted in a deep-seated desire to express the sarcastic and snort-worthy. This, and a love of haiku, pizza, Latin, double entendre, and the worst puns ever crafted.

Two years in the making, the message on “The Sign” is changed on a daily basis, with the primary benefit of slowing passing traffic to a honking crawl. It was designed to convey pithy tidbits of thought and wordplay. In its conception, SOTA was perpetrated in spite of the objection of the author’s girlfriend, and with hopes of creating controversy and dismay in the local community. The girlfriend packed up and left, and the community and town fathers were surprisingly gruntled by the proceedings.

Punny and sarcastic signs include:

• When attacked by a gang of clowns, go for the juggler
• What if doing the hokey pokey really is what it’s all about?
• Legalize marinara
• A penny saved is ridiculous
• Wendy, please take me back / I’m so miserable / it’s almost like / you’re still here
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About the author
John Getchell is a writer, humorist, and performance artist. He crafted his piquant sense of humor in the company of mellifluous malaprops, and matriculated in a downward spiral of progressively less distinguished educational establishments, ultimately graduating from Bennington College, in Vermont. He resides in Arundel, Maine. Read more of John’s writing. If you love chickens and mothers, this one’s


June 10, 2018
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Portland, ME 04101
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