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W.M. Akers is a native of Nashville, Tennessee who speaks, to his great disappointment, without an accent. He recently graduated from New York University's Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing, where he concentrated in playwriting, completing six full plays in two years of study. (Four good plays, two bad.) Upon graduating, he was lucky enough to receive the John Golden Playwriting Prize In Excellence in recognition of his body of work, which was found to be much more impressive than his actual body. He had his first full off-off-Broadway production earlier this year, and makes his living impersonating a reporter at various newspapers and blogs around New York.

Cary's Chain Store Massacre

Cary, 22, is a lump of a human being. A year ago his world collapsed, when his bookseller mentor closed up shop and disappeared. His life is again upended when the mentor, fifty-something Hal Regan, returns with a proposal: "Wouldn't it be fun to blow up the big Barnes and Noble on Union Square?" Cary goes along reluctantly, becoming enthusiastic for the old man's mad quest when he meets Beatrice, a lovely young B&N employee who wants to help. But when she and Hal turn on each other, Cary must make a choice. Does he want love, or does he want books?