Writer Rob Walker is teaming up with national radio show, Studio 360, to promote his latest book, Significant Objects, due to launch fairly soon. Significant Objects is a project that began with Walker and Joshua Glenn back in 2009 as a way to bring vintage or otherwise discarded objects to life by way of written stories. Some of the objects included a golden candle in the shape of a rabbit, a furry monkey puppet, and a jar of marbles to name but a few discarded, yet significant items. Writers would find objects and submit fictional stories about them. These stories and objects would then be auctioned on SignificantObjects.com, which has raised nearly $8,000 going to various non-profit writing organizations and the writers.
Back in 2010, we actually exhibited the aforementioned golden rabbit wax candle and companion story by writer Neil LaBute at an art show we had with TheFoxIsBlack.com. It looks like this particular object is the cover of the book! Exhibiting the object and the handwritten story by LaBute was an honor in itself, but, to know it’s also the cover… wow.
Now, Walker and Studio 360 is inviting the public to contribute stories to celebrate the launch of the Significant Objects book. Walker and host of Studio 360, Kurt Anderson, went to a thrift shop in New York, picked 3 random and weird items and now are asking YOU to submit stories about them. Winning entries will be read on air! The deadline is April 8th, more info here. Check out the video, you see Rob and Kurt go to the thrift store and pick the items you’ll be writing about!
Find all of the info and complete contest rules at Studio360.org/objects.