Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Salon- Rapture Edition

Well, it looks like we all survived the end of the world!

Today, I hope, will be one of those rare relaxing Sundays. After the gym, and the groceries, and the cooking. Okay, so maybe not!

Reading? I started Jean Thompson's The Year We Left Home on Friday and I'm really enjoying it. Compulsively readable is the term I would use to describe the book, a novel about a struggling family that almost reads like interconnected short stories. I'm also working my way through Robin Black's amazing collection of stories If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This. If you're a short-story fan you need to check out this great book.

And I may not be going to BEA this year but I have two great bookish events to attend this week- China Mieville's reading at the Harvard Book Store in support of his new book, Embassytown, and Holly LeCraw's paperback launch for The Swimming Pool, at Newtonville Books, a great indie I seldom visit.  I hope those of you attending BEA have a wonderful time. I'm wildly, wildly jealous! I'm participating in Armchair BEA all week, though, so come back for my posts if you have the time.

That said, time to get back to things here. Have a great Sunday!

More Sunday Salon here.

11 comments:

unfinishedperson.com said...

(Hanging my head in shame) I haven't read anything by China Mieville (whose name I always want to render as Chia Melville, for some reason), but I have wanted to read some by him.

I'll be at Armchair BEA too so will see you later in the week I'm sure.

Alexia561 said...

Think we've all been punked by Harold Camping!

Sorry you won't get to attend BEA, but Armchair BEA is the next best thing! I know Tif has been hard at work to make it a great event, so I'm looking forward to seeing what she's come up with!

Have a great week!

Col (Col Reads) said...

I've been thinking about picking up If I Loved You I Would Tell You This. Sounds very promising!

Sandy Nawrot said...

My kids were totally freaked out over the Rapture thing. I guess you have to live through a few of these things before you become immune. I'm not going to BEA either (it is on my calendar for 2018 when my kids are gone), and I always feel sad and left out. But that is life. I am able to do SIBA and a few other things. And I'm so envious of the Mieville event. I read The City & the City and was so impressed with the man. That is some imagination he has.

Aths said...

I'm glad you're enjoying The Year We Left Home! I've been hearing so much about it!

bermudaonion said...

We'll miss you at BEA!

Vasilly said...

We survived! We survived! ;-) I won't be at either one of the BEAs this year but I'm looking forward to your posts.

gautami tripathy said...

I never had any doubts about our being alive!

Here is my Sunday Salon post!

Zibilee said...

So excited that you will be able to see Mieville! I am always impressed by his books, and hope to read a few more in the upcoming months.

My husband is just crazy about all this Rapture business. He talks about it all the time, and has shared it with many people who had no idea about it. It's not that he believes, just that he thinks it's uproariously funny that other people do!

bibliophiliac said...

I thought Robin Black's collection was superb. The whole rapture thing was so ridiculous--and sad, for those who took it seriously and did drastic things.

Kathleen said...

Compulsively readable? I look forward to hearing your final thoughts on this one!