First up, my haul for the weekend:
|Two of these were free and one's a gift and Allegiant has nothing|
to do with anything except that it was just released and I also got
it that weekend because yes, I stopped at a bookstore on my
way to a book festival. I might have issues.
Then I raced to the Capitol and slowly made my way through security to be slightly later for Peter Heller and Joan Silber (neither of whom I have read) talking about reading as writers, which is only vaguely what they actually talked about, but it was interesting nonetheless. I actually went into this weekend not intending to buy that many books, but rather to hear from authors (I know, what was I thinking?) but Heller nearly made me cry, so I bought The Dog Stars and told him that when he signed. Here's what he wrote:
|We agreed that the best ones always do.|
That was it for Saturday, other than the Lit Crawl in the evening, which included Nerd Jeopardy! Which was so nerdy that there was a sports question that only my husband knew the answer to. I was horribly embarrassed.
First thing Sunday morning, I saw Jess Walter, who was one of the only authors at the festival that I've read before, and he did not disappoint. He read a couple of section from Beautiful Ruins, which was great, partially because I was seeing/hearing the actual author read from a book I love and partially because while I remembered how good the writing and storytelling and characterization are, I'd forgotten how hilarious it is. It was hysterical, as was Jess Walter himself. He's quick and has great timing and delivery. Also, he spoke a lot about his writing coming from empathy for others, which was really interesting, especially because for the past few years, I've been crediting books for teaching me empathy. I like that circle. Oh, and he was really nice when I met him, which totally justified my decision to buy two of his books, including one I've already read (hmmm, why would I do such a thing?).
After Jess Walter, my husband dragged me to some boring political thing that does not bear mention, and finally we rounded out the weekend with a rather intellectual session covering the history of humanistic psychology in the United States (with Jessica Grogan) and famous voices (with Elena Passarello). Not narrative voices, as you might expect (I did), but actual physical voices. It was weird but interesting and intellectually stimulating. It made me miss school, actually. I don't think I would actually ever read either of the authors' books, but I enjoyed the dialogue.
It was a pretty full weekend and I'm already looking forward to next year's festival. But for now, it's time for my lovely readers to get a chance at the fun! I'm giving away a SIGNED copy of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment saying you want it and I'll pick a winner on Monday morning when I will also (hopefully) be posting a review of The Financial Lives of the Poets. Good luck!