Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Salon- Lots of Book Events

I'm at the end of a week simply packed with books, bookstores and bookish events. I may be headed towards bookish burnout if I'm not careful! (I don't think that will happen though!)

On Monday my husband and I did some book shopping on the North Shore- we went up to Manchester By The Book, a used-and-rare bookshop to browse. I bought a book of old poetry and a paperback- no big deal. I visited another store, New England Mobile Book Fair, twice. Then on Thursday I went to a reading by the very charismatic Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow at the Harvard Book Store. Jones is a fellow at Harvard University and had a large audience of fans and friends in attendance. Then on Friday, I went to the New England Independent Booksellers' Association trade show, where I got to say hi to friends and find lots of new reads. I stopped by Occupy Boston on my way to the train Friday morning and snapped this picture:

Saturday was the 3rd annual Boston Book Festival. I bumped into lots of pals, including authors Steve Himmer and Holly LeCraw and the folks from Melville House who were there selling books (yes, I bought one, Faithful Ruslan, a Soviet-era prison novel). As far as events, I got to see Gregory Maguire, Alison Bechdel, Seth and Daniel Clowes, among others, and because I ponied up for reserved tickets, Jeff and I got second-row seats to Michael Ondaatje's keynote. He was amazing. But I learned something about myself. I really dislike squeezing into tiny chairs in dark rooms. I can't tell you in much detail about any event save Ondaatje's, because at everything else I went to, there may have been some napping at some point.

Ondaatje didn't have time to pose with me, but I still got to get my picture taken with an A-list celebrity, as you can see.

Today I'm switching gears completely and going to the King Arthur Renaissance Fair! No books at a Renaissance Fair!

October has sort of slipped away from me reading-wise. Today I'm working on three books: Silver Sparrow, Growing Up, by Angela Thirkell, an English country novel I'm reading for fun, and Ondaatje's The Cat's Table. Next up will be my Halloween pick, Nightmare Alley, by William Lindsay Gresham. I'm supposed to be reading Everything Happens Today, by Jesse Browner, for the Europa Challenge, but I may have to pick something else. We'll see. Then I'm just going to pick something at random off my overflowing bookshelves, which is what I recommend all of you do, too.

What are you up to? I hope you have a great Sunday. More Sunday Salon here.

13 comments:

Booksnyc said...

Great picture! Sounds like you had a fun weekend at the Festival!

I think Jesse Browner's book looks good - he is going to be at Bank Sqaure Books (Mystic, CT) on the 26th but I, unfortunately, can't make it. I am interested in hearing what you think of it.

Mystica said...

The Thirkell and Ondaatjie books have caught my eye. Hoping to see what you think of them soon.

nanscorner said...

Love your picture with the celebrity! :-)

What a book filled Saturday you had. Does Gregory Maguire have a new book coming out?

bermudaonion said...

The event sounds like so much fun and you look adorable!

Nymeth said...

The festival sounds amazing! All of those are authors I would love to see.

EnriqueFreeque said...

So who's that celebrity in the sunglasses you're standing next to? I really like your very large hat and bow tie too, Marie!

Frances said...

Bookish splendor here as always! But you have me curious as to that English country novel. Checking it out now... Could use some fun. Happy reading!

Zibilee said...

I love it that you have so many bookish events in your city, and think I need to come live there! I would love to be surrounded by all that excitement year round! I hope you have a wonderful time at the Renaissance fair today. Though it's not bookish, it should be a great time!

Alexia561 said...

What an incredible week! And so cool that you got your picture taken with such an awesome "celebrity"! Have fun at the Ren Faire!

Sandy Nawrot said...

You had book stuff coming out of your ears this week! Those are good weeks, but totally exhausting. One of these days I need to send you a picture of my kids with the Cat and the Hat and the Grinch. There is a restuarant in Seussland at Universal where the characters totally molest you when you are eating. They no likey.

stacybuckeye said...

We need to move to a place where these events are more accessible! I'm jealous.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

What a lovely day filled with good book fun! Love the picture. I have not read Ondaatjie but he has been on my list for years.

Care said...

YEA for BBF!!! Wish I could have been there. NEXT YEAR.