The Week Ahead: October 19 – 26, 2008

Yes, my planning weeks usually run Monday – Sunday, but I have a busy week and wanted to get this posted early; this is an 8-day week (if someone figures out how to get a 25-hour day, let me know!).  Our town sponsors the Concord Festival of Authors, with events in Lowell and Concord from October 15 – November 2.  I missed the opening night with Roy Blount, Jr. last Wednesday, but have plenty of events highlighted for the next two weeks.

Sunday 10/19 – This afternoon I attended a reading at our local bookstore by Julia Glass, who is on tour promoting I See You EverywhereShe read a lengthy excerpt from the novel, and was very generous with her time in answering lots of questions from the audience.  I’ll have a full posting about this later in the week.

I stopped short of literally running into author Gregory Maguire who lives in town and was browsing in the shop and stayed for the reading.  I am a huge fan of his and am looking forward to reading his latest novel, A Lion Among Men.  I nearly ran into him as I walked into the store, realized who he was, issued a meek “Hi”, and fled to my seat.  I am such a book geek!

Monday 10/20 – David Ebershoff’s TLC Book Tour stops off at my blog today!  I’ll run a post about his novel The 19th Wife, give a quick review, add more info about his author event last month, and ask for your questions for an upcoming interview with him.  That’s right, it’s audience participation time!

I’m attending a program called A Cross-Cultural Love Story at our branch library.  Author Christina Thompson will be speaking on the experiences that led her to write Come on Shore and We Will Kill You and Eat You All.  I’ve just started the book, what an amazing tale!

Tuesday 10/21 – If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium, does anyone else remember this classic flick? (disclaimer:  I watched it on re-re-re-runs on an old black and white TV set when I was a kid!).  OK, If it’s Tuesday, it must be time for the Boston Bibliophile’s TuesdayThingers.  Check back to see what Marie asks us about our LibraryThing things.

Wednesday 10/22 – Spotlight on Bookstores runs on Wednesday … I’m not running a traditional Spotlight this week, but will offer pieces of my vacation experience, where I searched for a bookstore to spotlight!

Book Club Girl’s discussion of The Safety of Secrets and on-air interview with author Delaune Michel is tonight.  If you’ve read the book, call in to ask Delaune a question, or post it on the BCG website.

Thursday 10/23 – Tonight is another Festival event.  Literary critic James Wood will be discussing his philosophy of the novel, answering such questions as What makes a story a story?  What is style?  What’s the connection between realism and real life? 

Friday 10/24 – I host Patricia Mendez’s EZ Entertaining today.  This was a very fun book to review and “test-drive”.  I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.

Saturday 10/25 – I’ll squeeze in a few other book reviews this week.  Notably, Revolutionary Road is on my list, along with a few children’s books.

Sunday 10/26 – Another Festival event; this one hitches on me finding a babysitter though, so it’s not set in stone that I’ll attend :(     The branch library is hosting a program called New Literary Voices with three novelists reading from their current works.  They are: 

  • Amy MacKinnon – Tethered
  • Margaret Cesair-Thompson – The Pirate’s Daughter
  • Peter Clenott – Hunting the King

OK, I’m going to pour myself a glass of wine and have a nice quiet evening in preparation for this week (NOT!  Our four kids are running around on a sugar high from the candy LW6 brought home from a birthday party!).  It’s going to be a great week – cross your fingers that my husband gets home in time for “the changing of the guard” so I can do everything I have scheduled!

5 comments to The Week Ahead: October 19 – 26, 2008

  • I just finished The 19th Wife and thought it was great. I’ll be looking forward to your post tomorrow.

  • Ti

    Oh my goodness! You have a very busy week ahead of you but it sounds like a great time! So many book related events. I am so envious.

  • Kathy – David Ebershoff did a great job tying the two storylines together; I loved all the “documents” and “correspondence” he created for the novel.

    Ti – yes, a busy but FUN week. The Concord Festival of Authors has so many great events that are right here. Lowell, the other hosting town, is only about 15 miles away, but the highway “rush hour” traffic makes it over an hour’s drive :(

  • Dawn, okay, I am seriously envious of all these author events you’re attending :) Looks like a busy week. I always love reading your recaps and wish I was that organized!

  • Shana – these next few weeks have an abundance of events due to the Festival of Authors … it will slow down! And, once winter sets in and it’s dark at 4 in the afternoon, you’ll find me inside the house, not attending any readings. I’ll enjoy it while I can.

    The Week Ahead helps me to set a plan, even if I don’t always follow it!

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