CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Things are about to get really interesting at Taylor Books.
It's already a hub of activity, from the Friday- and Saturday-evening musical performances and the occasional book signings, to the once-a-month Art Walk events in the Gallery Annex, and even pottery classes.
Now, the bookstore is about to crank things up a notch, said manager Dan Carlisle.
On March 4, "Voices" will premiere -- similar to the hit reality show "The Voice," without all the singing but with lots of drama and, of course, a bit of mystery.
Performers will read one-act plays or excerpts of plays from behind a scrim screen backlit so their faces can't be seen but their words can be heard.
"The plays will mostly be of the humorous bend," said Ann Saville, owner of Taylor Books. "I'm looking for readers with expression."
The show is scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7 p.m.
The idea came about because Carlisle was a fan of National Public Radio's "Selected Shorts" and decided to create something similar for Taylor Books patrons.
With her love of theater, Saville was immediately on board. She has performed as Eleanor Roosevelt in the West Virginia Humanities Council's History Alive! program.
Something else that's new: Taylor Books is now selling beer on tap from Charleston Brewing Co., Saville's second business, and offering $1 off the beer prices on live music nights.
As with the popular music nights, "Voices" will have no admission fee. Carlisle said it is just part of their mission to get the word out that "Taylor Books is more than books."