Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Salon - Newburyport Literary Festival

On Friday and Saturday, the town of Newburyport, Massachusetts, again hosted its annual literary festival. The event kicked off Friday night with a dinner, and Saturday included a lengthy roster of readings and discussions. Saturday was a gorgeous day in this beautiful seaside town dotted with lovely homes, rolling hills and a picturesque waterfront and it seemed like everybody was out and about for the festival.

The highlight for me was attending a recording of the Books on the Nightstand podcast, with
stars Ann Kingman and Michael
Kindness. They spoke for an hour or so on how they started the podcast and then each talked about four books they recommended to book clubs and finished with their signature "Books We Can't Wait for you to Read" segment. They chose The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, by Michele Young-Stone, and Sue Miller's new novel, The Lake Shore Limited. Both sounded great!

It was a really great day. Later, my husband and I explored one of Newburyport's two indie bookstores, its used bookstore and a large antiques mart selling used books. I walked away with two Margaret Atwood first editions- The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake, and the latter was signed! I'm not an obsessive collector of first editions but I could hardly pass those up!

Today? I'm enjoying Peter Carey's new novel, Parrot and Olivier in America, and working my way though Dmitry Zlotsky's wonderfully bizarre Monster: Oil on Canvas. I'm going to pick a short book out of my TBR pile for a "quick hit", probably The Dolly Dialogues. What are you reading today?

More Sunday Salon here.