Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sunday Salon - Happy Mother's Day!

It's been a busy week in books for me, but next week looks to be a little more laid-back. Last week I went to two author events- on Wednesday Maxine Kumin read from her latest book of poetry Where I Live: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010, and the next night, Brunonia Barry from her new book, The Map of True Places. I got a bunch of books signed as well, of course. I'm putting together a little giveaway for later in the week; stay tuned.

Barry was charming and talked about the evolution of her writing career and the ideas behind her new book and shared what some of what she learned about celestial navigation during her research for Map. Her first book, The Lace Reader, was the first book that was sent to me as a blogger and I'm a big fan. It was a great night and a pleasure to meet her.

I've been doing various interviews for the blog I'm assisting with for the Association of Jewish Libraries, and I hope to share some of those with you soon. My interview with local author and academic Maxim Shrayer should be ready for prime time soon and there are more to come.

I had fun participating in Persephone Reading Week this past week; at this point I think I'm ready to add every book in the Persephone line to my wishlist!

Today I don't know how much time I'm going to have for reading but I'll do the best I can. I've started reading Alina Bronsky's wonderful, heartbreaking Broken Glass Park, but I have a family Christening today and I think that will keep me pretty busy.

What are you doing today? I hope whatever it is, you have a great day.

You can read more Sunday Salon here.

12 comments:

Paperback Reader said...

It is an issue with Persephone Reading Week: coveting everything in the catalogue once it is has ended! Thanks so much for your participation.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, what fun to go to the author events. Living where you do, you must have so many great opportunities.

My salon:

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Kathleen said...

I still haven't read The Lace Reader and I just saw her latest at the bookstore last night. How exciting that you got to meet her in person!

Lenore said...

I'm trying to figure out what to read next today...so much to choose from!

readerbuzz said...

As usual, I'm doing more blogging today than reading! I do not know why, but it took me four hours to write my blog post this morning.

I wish we had more authors visit us here in Houston. A literary wasteland, I think at times.

Diane said...

Awesome that you got to meet B. Barry. I liked her first book and look forward to her latest release as well. Have a great Sunday/week to come Marie.

bookmagic said...

Author signings sound great Someday, i will make it to one. Just probably not in my city

bermudaonion said...

I got to go to two author events this past week too. They are so much fun!

....Petty Witter said...

The author events sound like fun.

Like Readerbuzz I seem to be dedicating more time to bloging at the moment and I don't know why as I'm almost finished a great book - The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry.

Happy reading this week.

Zibilee said...

So, so cool that you got to meet Barry! I am so envious!! It sounds like you had a great and very bookish week, and I hope the trend continues! Have a great week!

jewwishes said...

I had a wonderful Mother's Day. It sounds as if you had a great time at the events!

It must have been exciting!

sharonbially said...

Thanks for the nod to Mother's Day! And for mentioning Brunonia Barry, whom I'm an undying fan of. I so admire her path to publication via self-publishing, and loved meeting her at the Grub St conference May 1 - may advance Mother's Day treat.