Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sunday Salon

Happy Sunday!

Well we got our Christmas tree up this week, now we only have to decorate it, lol. That's today's job, and the plan is to start this afternoon and then have a friend over later to help put on the finishing touches. That's after we go to our neighborhood's menorah lighting, so we'll get a little Hanukkah in the mix too.

This past week in NYC news I finally visited the Center for Fiction, a reading and writing space in midtown Manhattan that offers workshops, classes, reading groups and a lending library and bookstore for lovers of fiction- like me. I'm thinking of joining in the New Year and got a little tour and walk around their four floors of bookshop, reading room and library stacks.

I also donated another bag of books to Housing Works Bookstore, my favorite NYC used bookstore, which is also a charity shop supporting Housing Works which works to end AIDS and homelessness. I went there during the week to drop off some books and finish up my Christmas cards (they have a nice cafe), which are now ready to be mailed. Last call for anyone else who wants a card!

While I was there I bought a book of course, Prophets of the Eternal Fjord, by Kim Leine, which is next month's selection of the Scandinavia House book club. Scandinavia House is a museum and cultural center in NYC and since I'm in the market for a new book club I thought I would give this one a shot. We'll see how it goes. It's a big book but arresting so far, full of myth and a rich sense of setting.

In between working on the tree today I'll be reading some more of Flood of Fire, of which I have five chapters left. One of these days I swear I will finish it.

A lot of folks are posting Best-of-2015 lists right now. I'll have one closer to the end of the year.

What are you doing today? Have a happy Sunday!