Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday Salon: Off My Feet Today


We still have some summer left, but it's hard to deny that fall is just around the corner and with it, the busiest season of readings and bookish events. Numerous author events plus the Salem and Boston book/literary festivals mean a very full schedule from here on out!

Today I'm preparing for the first event on my calendar, Carmela Ciuraru's reading/discussion from her book Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms. I'm learning so much; I didn't know, for example, that Sylvia Plath originally published The Bell Jar under a pseudonym, or that Karen Blixen/Isak Dineson published some of her books in English first, then translated them herself into Danish, often changing things in the process. It's fascinating stuff. 

I'll be discussing the book with her at Porter Square Books in Cambridge, on Thursday, August 25 at 7pm. I really hope you can make it!

Other than that? I have no idea what today holds. My tendonitis has been acting up so I'm going to stay off my feet and that probably means some reading. I started The Prestige, by Christopher Priest, and if you follow me on Twitter you know I've been raving about it. It's just crazy good. If you've seen the movie you know the biggest twist, but there are definitely others and the book is pretty different from the movie in many respects. 

I'm also still in the thick of The Illusion of Return, by Samir El-Youssef, about a Palestinian refugee living in the UK and confronting an old friend from their days in Lebanon under Israeli control. I'm reading it for Melville House's Art of the Novella challenge, hosted by Frances of Nonsuch Book. It's a great read but it's not a quick one. I really want to just read the whole series!

What are you up to today? What are you reading? Have a great Sunday. More Sunday Salon here.