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text 2017-08-21 00:04
Edinburgh - Bookfest Mini-haul

As I know that some of you are awaiting an update from Edinburgh, I've spent much of yesterday and most of today at the Book Festival - because Simon Callow and Ali Smith. OK, mostly because of Ali Smith. You all know I love Ali Smith, so I don't need to go into that again. Except, that I will do exactly that ... but in a separate post.

 

Anyway, for those of you rolling their eyes already at my fangirling over Ms Smith, below is a picture of my (very restrained) efforts at the Book Festival this weekend. They are all signed by the authors, tho, so extra credit for that. (Tho, Thin Air and Unspeakable I managed to just pick up - no queueing for autographs.)

 

 

 

And, ahem, "Autumn" is a fantastic book. I've read it when it was released last year, but got it as a kindle version (because who can really wait for their favourite author's work to arrive by post?!). This new little treasure is just so I can love looking at it on my shelf at home.

 

"Unspeakable" looked really interesting: It is a novel based on a real event: the last person in Britain to be tried and executed for blasphemy. It is set right here in Edinburgh.

 

"Thin Air" is one I have read lots of reviews (rather mixed) about. It also is a ghost story, which means that I will have to re-shuffle my Halloween Bingo plans already. But as one of the local(ish) bards has proclaimed "The best-laid schemes o' mice an 'men 
Gang aft agley,"

 

Lastly, who can resist Simon Callow? This looked really interesting and Callow's talk at the Fest yesterday just meant I wanted to know more about Wagner. So, friends, prepare yourselves for some upcoming posts that may feature some pompous and extravagant musical accompaniments. :)

 

Other noteworthy sightings were Tracey Chevalier and Roger McGough, but I didn't get to see either of their events. :( I was booked to see a discussion with Jackie Kay and Margo Jefferson, but Ms Kay was not able to attend at the last minute.

Still, it has been a great trip. (Even for meeting Ms Smith again...but you might have already guessed that, right?).

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text 2017-05-14 23:59
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text 2016-08-13 21:34
Ed Book Fest - Ali Smith

So, this happened today at the Edinburgh Book Fest.....

 

 

Ali Smith read from her new - not-even-published-yet - book. She only finished "Autumn" recently and handed it to her publisher on Monday. Monday, people! This was the first EVER reading of it.

 

I mean, I would have loved anything she would have picked, but this was special. Not only was this the first time she shared her new work with an audience, but the parts we heard were excellent. She's trying something new with this novel - which will be the first of a cycle of four, all tied to a season. She said she wants them all to be standalone books (so it's not a series - thank goodness! - I'm not good with series) but they follow a common thread or theme.

But of course, this is Ali Smith. I would have been surprised if her new book was not experimental!

 

The other aspect that drew me and most of the audience in, was that she picked  discussions of a decidedly current nature to feature in the new book: storytelling as the act of welcoming people, Brexit, self-doubt and self-creation or the creation of other selves, the recurring story of plight, refuge, and, well, welcoming. All bound by the discussion of time and people being present in time.

 

I'm rambling.

 

Of course, without having read the new book this is just what I got from today's reading, but I am super excited. Ali Smith is one of the smartest, kindest, most sensitive and most intelligible writers I have read. She's also one of the funniest. The fun side, of course came out at today's reading, too, as the reading and interview was guided by her bestie Jackie Kay. For those not familiar with Jackie Kay, she is the current Makar (Scottish National Poet), and is an awesome writer in her own right. Check her out! 

 

I am also super excited still that there was a book signing after the reading. I must admit I had a bit of a lump in my throat when I got meet Ali, but the weirdest thing happened:

 

I had taken two books - my hardback first edition of Artful and a copy of Hotel World which I wanted to send to my friend. However, by coincidence - or fate? - my friend's name is the same as Ali's new novel, so when I asked if she could make this one out to someone called Autumn, she not only wrote a brilliant dedication but also gave me the cover page of the manuscript she read from earlier, so I can send it off together with my friend's copy of the book.

 

No need to add that I have been beside myself since.

 

 

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text 2015-10-04 15:43
Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Fest-What a Blast!

 

My friend Andi and I attended the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Fest

(#MVHBookFest) yesterday and we had a blast! We met Joe Hill, Brian Keene, Mary SanGiovanni, Bracken MacLeod and Kristin Dearborn among others. We had a blast!

 

I pretty much fangrrled over Joe Hill, who graciously signed all 3 of the books I brought. 

 

 

We attended a super cool panel on The Horror We Deserve. 

 

 

 

Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni were so gracious. This picture came out blurry, but I'm posting it anyway. What a nice couple they are. 

 

 

 

Bracken MacLeod was also a sweetheart. It was great to meet him. 

 

 

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review 2015-08-07 00:00
Find the Cutes, book 2: Festival Fun (seek and find books for kids, look and find books for boys and girls, fun look and find book)
Find the Cutes, book 2: Festival Fun (seek and find books for kids, look and find books for boys and girls, fun look and find book) - Celestial Noot,Vincent Noot This is honestly a awesome book. It is a find it book, and who doesn't love a find a it book.The book was actually written for kids 5 and up, which includes me I am a kid way over the age of 5 but I personally really enjoyed the book. The illustrations are very vibrant and fun. In the book The Cute's Family are celebrating different holidays. Some of the holidays I have never heard of, like Tomato Festival. This festival began in Spain and you literally throw squashed tomato's. I have never heard of this festival, but it did make me run straight to my go to search engine and find out more. I LOVE that!!! Each page of the book is about a different Holiday, festival, or celebration. There is a short blurb about each one and list of things to find in the picture. Some of the things may be a little hard for kids like a Buddhist Monk, simply because a 5 year old has no idea, but that is where PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT comes in!!! Oh Yes my favorite part. I love it when parent and child work together. Thanks to the Nook's this is included in their books. I think both of the Noot's have done a AWESOME job with this book. I also have their 1st book Find the Cutes book 1, Playtime .

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.
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