Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunday Salon - This'n'That

It's one of those Sundays when I'm having a hard time coming up with a Sunday Salon topic!

It's been another busy week; I attended a launch party for Alix Strauss's new novel Based Upon Availability at the swanky Liberty Hotel in Boston and ran into the delightful Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books; this was the second Wednesday-night event in a row for us. The week before, we went to the Harvard Book Store's To Kill a Mockingbird movie night at Cambridge's Brattle Theater. The party was fun; Alix is charming and the place, as I said, was quite fancy. Hotel-themed swag bags, with hotel slippers, snacks and a copy of the book, were given out after the party. Nice!

Friday I visited my alma mater, Wellesley College, with a friend; we spent some time exploring the recently-renovated library- gorgeous! And yes, it still has books.

Yesterday I went to that unusual beast, the not-so-good bookstore. I won't name it; it smells like cat pee. Eww. There was a vintage Jane Eyre there that I kind of wanted, but I passed!

Today I have some errands and a family party tonight so there won't be a lot of time for reading. What I do have will be spent with Avi Steinberg's firecracker of a memoir, Running the Books, about his time as a prison librarian, and finishing up Steve Stern's The Frozen Rabbi. Both are terrific; Steinberg's book is absolutely compulsively readable and he's an amazing writer. I hope I get a few minutes to spend on it today!

What are you looking forward to this Sunday?

More Sunday Salon here.