Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Salon

Happy Sunday!
It's been a busy bookish week and this coming week is full of events, too.

Last Tuesday some friends and I went to see Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated as well as the recent Eating Animals, at Harvard University. Unfortunately the hall was too small for the crowd and my friends and I didn't get seated. But, we came back later for the signing and got to meet him anyway. Wednesday, I met up with friends again to see Gary Shteyngart, author of one of my favorite books, Absurdistan, and the recent Super Sad True Love Story, at Brookline Booksmith, a great independent bookstore. This time I was first in line and I got a great seat! Shteyngart was funny and interesting and I got my books signed, too.

(I also got photos of both authors but my camera has disappeared again.)

Today I'm relaxing at home finishing up Mitchell James Kaplan's historical novel of the Inquisition, By Fire, By Water. It's pretty good. I'm going to be interviewing Kaplan for work and I'll be sure to let you know when it's posted in case you're interested. I also started reading Ghita Schwarz's book Displaced Persons, which I'm finding a little dull, honestly. But it's only the beginning and I'll hang in there with it. What I really want is to read a book I'll really fall in love with. So much of my "required reading" these days is just plain boring, as much as I try to get enthusiastic about it.

What books have you fallen in love with lately?

Have a great Sunday. More Sunday Salon here.