Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Salon- The Salem Lit Fest

Well today is the second day of the Salem Literary Festival! Yesterday Jeff and I attended two sessions, one a panel of literary agents and the second a panel on writing strong women, with authors Brunonia Barry, Katherine Howe and Julia Glass. Both were very informative; I'll have more detail tomorrow or Tuesday on the whole event. Today is the blogger panel at 11:00 and I hope to see some of you there!

This week has been pretty busy. On Thursday I attended a half-day of the Online News Association 2011 Law School for Digital Journalists conference at Harvard Law School; I attended sessions on copyright and access; the copyright session was the most applicable to what I do but both were very interesting and I learned a lot. Later in the day I attended a booksellers' afternoon hosted at the New England Independent Booksellers' Association offices and put on by the Book Publishers Representatives of New England. Reps from seven publishers and distributors presented their fall books and passed out galleys and prizes. I picked up a galley of Robert Massie's Catherine the Great, among other things. I'm looking forward to the NEIBA show in mid-October along with a lot of other great bookish events.

Today I'll be spending most of the day at the Salem festival and doing a little reading if I get the chance. I'm working my way through In a Free State by V.S. Naipaul, which I am not enjoying but I'm not going to let that miserable geezer defeat my effort to read all of the Booker Prize winners! For fun, I'm reading Nairobi Heat, an entertaining crime novel set in Kenya about a Rwandan humanitarian hero, modeled on Paul Rusesabagina, who lands at the center of a murder investigation in America. It's very good and I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

What are you reading today? Any fun activities your way? Or an ordinary Sunday? Whatever you're up to I hope you're having a great day.

More Sunday Salon here.