Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday Salon - Newburyport Literary Festival!

Well I'm home now from the phenomenal Newburyport Literary Festival, the sixth annual celebration of books and letters held in the beautiful seaside town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Right on the border with New Hampshire, Newburyport is a picturesque New England town with old houses, fun shopping and great restaurants.This year was my second attending the festival and my first as an honored participant. Jeff and I arrived in Newburyport Friday night for the opening-night dinner; traffic from the city kept us away for the opening ceremony presentation. Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books, Kevin of Boston Book Bums and Sarah of Archimedes Forgets joined us for dinner and the next day on a Saturday morning panel to discuss the ins and outs of book blogging for an audience of about 50 people. I was thrilled with the turnout; there seemed to be all ages in the audience and we got great questions on everything from time management to the best ways to promote yourself online.

We met up with Jason of Brain Candy Book Reviews, who was in the audience as well, for a great lunch afterwards and then went our separate ways until late in the evening and a party at the magnificent home of author Andre Dubus III, whose new book Townie was featured at the festival. For the rest of the time, my husband and I attended a session with author Michelle Hoover on writing what you know, a reading by Paul Harding from his Pulitzer Prize winner Tinkers, and the closing ceremony poetry performances. Later I got to meet Mr. Harding and chat with him for a few minutes at the party. What a day! What a weekend!

Now I'm back home and trying to figure out what's next! I have the first session of my advanced improv class this afternoon and then I have to see a friend this evening; I don't know if I'll have any time to read but if I do I'll be tackling The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht, which I'm liking if not loving so far. We'll see how it goes!

I hope you're having a great day! Let me know what you're up to and enjoy it.

More Sunday Salon here.