The Week Ahead: November 10 – 16, 2008

It’s actually a fairly quiet week, bookish and otherwise, on my calendar this week.  That’s a relief, because I can already feel the frenzy of the holiday season around the corner, and it will be nice to relax a bit and catch up on “things” around here!  Of course, now that I’ve said that, my week will likely fill up quickly!

Tuesday 11/11 – Veterans Day – (in the United States) a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I to honor U.S. veterans and victims of all wars.  Did you know, the holiday is commonly misprinted as Veteran’s Day or Veterans’ Day in calendars and advertisements.

It’s a school holiday, so the kids and I are taking a little field trip.  We’re meeting friends from Connecticut roughly midway for lunch at a spot I’ve been eyeing for years; it will be a future Spotlight on Bookstores post.

Tonight our neighborhood book group, Rev Road Readers on my calendar, meets to discuss Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road (reviewed here).  It’ll be interesting to compare and contrast the suburbia of Yates’ Revolutionary Road with our own.

It’s the day for Tuesday Thingers and Teaser Tuesdays (what’s next – Teaser Thingers?)

Wednesday 11/12 – Last day to join Joyce Hinnefeld (In Hovering Flight) in her Author Chat at LibraryThing.

Diana Spechler, author of Who By Fire, will give us a Spotlight on Bookstores post for a spot in Greenwich Village.

Thursday 11/13 – preschool story time this afternoon. Last week’s theme was dogs, I wonder what today will bring?

Friday 11/14 – Any fans of Wally Lamb should click on this link to find out how to get tickets to Lamb’s only scheduled Boston-area appearance to promote I Know This Much is True (oops!) The Hour I First Believed.  He’ll be at the Coolidge Corner Theater, sponsored by Brookline Booksmith.  I’m unable to make it :(   ; if you go, please tell us about the evening!

Today is the last day to enter my giveaway for a copy of Delaune Michel’s The Safety of Secrets.

Also the last day to join Christopher Meeks in his LibraryThing Author Chat.  Read my review of Months and Seasons, one of his short fiction collections.

Saturday 11/15 – Winner of The Safety of Secrets announced.

Our local Borders is having a Twilight movie release party tonight, and LW12 has indicated that she HAS TO be there; there will be a sneak peek at the movie, a quote contest, and character charades.  There may be one at the Borders near you, check their website.  Here’s a coupon for a free treat when you buy a 20 oz. drink.

Do you enjoy watching books-to-movie films?  Any favorites?  My general rule-of-thumb is to read the book first, then see the movie, do you follow this?

6 comments to The Week Ahead: November 10 – 16, 2008

  • I enjoy watching books-to-movie films sometimes. Favorites – Harry Potter of course! And The Bourne movies. Now I’ve read all the Potter books but none of the Bourne books. I guess I have no rule-of-thumb. Sometimes I like to read first and other times I don’t like to read the books at all because I don’t want it to ruin the movie. Such decisions.

  • I usually like to read the book before I see the movie, but there have definitely been movies that inspired me to read the book afterwards. Possession is one of those (I love Jeremy Northam).
    My favorite book-to-movie, though, is definitely Fried Green Tomatoes – both are amazing, and just different enough to keep you guessing.

  • Ti

    If I’ve enjoyed a book, then I look forward to it in movie form. However, a couple of weeks ago I saw Nights in Rodanthe and I had not read the book so I will be reading the book as part of the Fall Into Reading challenge. It will be interesting to see how the two differ because the movie was FAB.

  • Bree – “rules of thumb” aren’t set in stone. There have been times I’ve watched a movie not realizing it was based on a book. Other times (now that you’ve reminded me), I have seen the movie first (Bourne)

    Lana – I’m right with you on *Fried Green Tomatoes*. Any Fannie Flagg is a hit with me.

    Ti – I might have to see the movie first with *Nights in Rodanthe*; seems like it deserves to be seen on a big screen!

  • Wally Lamb is one of the first authors I’ll be reading when I’ve finally plowed through my stack of review copies! Have a great week, Dawn!

  • Shana – the event on Friday isn’t far from here, maybe 10-12 miles, but the traffic/parking on a Friday night would be a bear! I’m not even going to try to go to the reading, but I’ll look forward to reading *The Hour I First Believed* (like you, when I get thru some of these review books …. I’ll reward myself with a book purely for pleasure!)

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