Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Salon- @BostonBookFest #bbf09

First of all, congratulations to all the #ReadAThon participants. I tried to be a cheerleader and participate a little bit in between this and that- yesterday was crazy busy for me but I didn't read at all. I'm going to do my own ReadAThon on the blog on Wednesday so come by if you'd like to see that. I'll do probably no more than three updates over the course of the day.

A couple of you were sweet enough to leave me some cheers yesterday; I'm going to put those in my pocket for Wednesday. Thank you!

Yesterday was all about the Boston Book Fest, the first (hopefully annual) big public event focusing on books and reading, bringing together something like 90 authors for 30-odd events over the course of one day, culminating in a reading by Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk.

Unfortunately that was one event I missed. I was a volunteer for the festival, and worked for the first half of the 10-6 event in the Old South Church, a beautiful and historic building that served as venue for about 1/3 of the events, including the packed-to-the-gills Tom Perrotta/John Hodgman conversation and Pamuk's keynote address. And actually, between working the book room to help coordinate the signings for the first half of the day, checking out exhibitors and then just being tired, I didn't get to anything. The most time I spent in an event was when I had run up the hall to pass a note from a building manager to an event manager.

But you know what? That's okay, because sometimes being that behind-the-scenes person is what I do best anyway, and it gave me the opportunity to say hi to friends like Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books, who I was delighted to meet and found as charming in person as she is on her wonderful blog, and Lauren, a Boston literary agent who tweets as @BostonBookGirl, who I met at the Boston BEA Tweetup last spring, and Harvard Book Store event manager Heather, who I'd met at China Mieville's reading, and others, and make new friends, too. I met a book collector, a finance guy, a creative-writing student at Emerson who is a skilled moonwalker and lots of other great folks. And I got to spend the day helping people meet and greet their favorite authors (and get my own book signed by the really charming and gentlemanly John Hodgman) and see one of my favorite book stores do a ton of business at a great community-building event. And the turnout was great. Sounds pretty okay to me!

And today? Today can be summed up in two words: Margaret. Atwood. More on that later!

You can read more Sunday Salon posts here.