Book Launch Party Photos & Recap

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More than 100 people came out for the raucous book launch party for Damon Stewart’s Interesting Tales of Other People’s Woe.

The party kicked off at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at The Hollow Bar in downtown Albany, N.Y. The boozy night featured a book signing, live performances by improv troupe The Mop & Bucket Co. and the band Hard Soul. Damon lead a Toast to Other People’s Woe and signed books for the crowd. The food was plentiful and the booze flowed freely.

The crowd loosens up before the show. (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

The crowd loosens up before the show. (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

Damon's publicist Duncan Crary introduces the entertainment. (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

Damon’s publicist Duncan Crary introduces the entertainment. (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

The Mop & Bucket Co. improv group interprets scenes from Damon's book -- without having read any of them in advance. (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

The Mop & Bucket Co. improv group interprets scenes from Damon’s book — without having read any of them in advance. (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

The Mopco crew imagine what might have gone through Damon's head while crafting the sordid tales in his collection. (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

The Mopco crew imagine what might have gone through Damon’s head while crafting the sordid tales in his collection. (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

Damon and friends watch on as Mopco performs without a net. (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

Damon and friends watch on as Mopco performs without a net. (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

Mopco players give the world's worst toasts based on audience suggestions.  (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

Mopco players give the world’s worst toasts based on audience suggestions. (Photo by Marco Leavitt.)

Damon delivers a toast

DAMON’S TOAST TO OTHER PEOPLE’S WOE
(Photo by Marco Leavitt)

To waking up in the bed of calamity,
staring at the dresser of disaster,
stumbling to the kitchen of chaos,
hoping to redeem our souls thereafter.

We take a breath,
gather our will,
into the judgmental world we go.

Here’s to hoping to tell interesting tales,
of other people’s woe.

(Photo by Marco Leavitt)

(Photo by Marco Leavitt)

(Photo by Marco Leavitt)

(Photo by Marco Leavitt)

Novelist Jack Casey mingles with the crowd. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

Novelist Jack Casey mingles with the crowd. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

The scene outside. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

The scene outside. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

Damon takes a break from the action inside. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

Damon takes a break from the action inside. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

Food... (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

Food… (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

The bar was busy all through the night. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

The bar was busy all through the night. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

Book Launch Party

The books were flying off the shelf. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

The books were flying off the shelf. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

Hard Soul takes the stage to keep the energy high. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

Hard Soul takes the stage to keep the energy high. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

And the people rocked out. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

And the people rocked out. (Photo by Marco Leavitt)

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