Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sunday Salon - BEA-Bound

So as we speak I'm putting the final touches on my preparations for Book Expo America. I'm almost packed and ready to go, and I can't wait. My calendar is full to overflowing so let me say now- if I promised to be somewhere and I'm not there, please accept my apologies in advance. Although I've been to large conferences before, this is my first time at BEA and while I'm going to do my best to be where I need to be, I'm sure something will fall through the cracks. If that something is something I promised you, please forgive me- and don't take it personally!

I'm looking forward to the parties, the people and the fun- and the books! I'll get to spend some time with friends before the Expo, meet lots of on- and offline friends during the Expo, and then head off to Book Blogger Con on Friday for even more bookish fun. I'm moderating the Blogging with Social Responsibility panel at BBC, which should be great. The panelists are some of the most interesting people I've come across in the blogosphere and I'm honored to be able to work with them.

So what about Boston Bibliophile? Tuesday I'll have a review of author Maxim D. Shrayer's book of short stories, Yom Kippur in Amsterdam, an interview with Shrayer on Wednesday, and a giveaway affiliated with Armchair BEA on Thursday, just for folks not able to attend BEA and/or BBC. Then on Friday I have a surprising Unfinished Friday to relate.

I'm still trying to come up with something for tomorrow!

The interview I did with author Yann Martel is up at the Association of Jewish Libraries' blog. And if the subject of Jewish books interests you, you just might want to bookmark that site and come back because you never know what we'll have.

Today I'm reading Jane Gardam's Old Filth, a great novel about Britain's 20th century. I'm bringing my ereader on my trip, which actually works with my computer now, and I'm going to start by reading A Mountain of Crumbs, a memoir by Elena Gorokhova about growing up in Soviet Russia in the 1960s. If I finish that, I'm on to Transgression, a novel about forbidden love in World War 2 by James W. Nichol.

Have a great week! I know I will. More Sunday Salon here.