I begged and pleaded with my husband a couple of weeks ago for us to attend this year's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. The last time we went was before my daughter was born. It was one of my favorite bookish events. I used to sign us up for every possible author panel we could fit into our schedule, often leaving very little time to actually peruse the booths. This year I knew there would be no panels. And I knew we wouldn't be able to attend both days of the festival. I figured we could go for a couple hours or so, look around, and then head home. I just wanted to take in the atmosphere. The event is free with the exception of parking. It would be worth it, I told him. And it was.
My three year old, husband and I all had a fun time. We took in a performance by the L.A. Opera at the Children's Stage and caught a demonstration of teen poetry slam (it was really awesome). Mouse met a young author who isn't much older than her (well, closer to her age than mine--I don't think the girl is a teenager yet). She also met Llama Llama, who was much taller in person than I imagined he'd be. I got to meet mystery author Kwei Quartey, who is just as nice as can be. He writes the Darko Dawson series set in West Africa. I also saw T. Jefferson Parker, Cara Black, Denise Hamilton, Marissa Meyer, and Sarah J. Maas, among others. Mouse was surprisingly patient. Or maybe it was just because her dad was really good at keeping her entertained. It might have involved a few tosses in the air, hanging upside down, and being chased around a tree several times.
I am glad we were able to go this year, and I hope I can drag my husband and daughter back again next year.
I finished Shanghai Girls by Lisa See just in time for my online book group discussion, which started yesterday. What a book it was! It took a lot of restraint not to dive straight into Dreams of Joy, Lisa See's sequel to Shanghai Girls. If there is any hope I can finish Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood before the end of the month as planned, however, I knew I needed to get started on that one. I may still start Dreams of Joy yet though. Who says I can't read more than one book at a time?
What are you reading at the moment? Is it something you would recommend?
Every Tuesday Diane from Bibliophile By the Sea hosts
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, where
participants share the first paragraph (or a few) of a
book they are reading or thinking about reading soon.
At the moment, I am working my way through Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, a novel my husband recommended to me years ago, but I am only just now getting to. It's already proving to be a quite complex read. Take a look at the first paragraph:
Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove her car off a bridge. The bridge was being repaired: she went right through the Danger sign. The care fell a hundred feet into the ravine, smashing through the treetops feathery with new leaves, then burst into flames and rolled down into the shallow creek at the bottom. Chunks of the bridge fell on top of it. Nothing much was left of her but charred smithereens.Would you continue reading?
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