Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Week of Book Festivals. . .

It's a busy week. 

Tomorrow Ann and I will be in Kingston doing a breakfast Dewey Diva talk to the librarians, followed by a Book Lover's Lunch as part of the Kingston Writer's Festival that starts today.  Our event at one of the city's finest restaurants, Chez Piggy,  is sold out (yea!) and we're really looking forward to sharing our favourite reads with enthusiastic bibliophiles and book club members - we had a great time doing this last year. And yes, we'd be lying if we didn't say we're also looking forward to the lunch!  (I've posted my fall picks on the right hand side of this blog - my talk will pull a selection from those books).

Then this Sunday is Word on the Street. I've been working the Toronto portion of this annual street fair for more years than I care to remember, but I'm really excited about our booth this year. My colleagues and I are pairing up with Ben McNally Books and offering a really different book selection from what people usually encounter at these events. We wanted to focus on great books that don't get a lot of media attention from those awesome smaller presses that you know I love to blog about and recommend and - after two caffeinated lattes -  that I will be hand selling like crazy.  NYRB Classic groupies, come on down!  We'll have a huge selection as well as international literature from Melville House and Other Press. We'll have graphic novels, health and cookbooks, and stuff for kids too.  And all the books will be 20% off.  Also, you'll get the chance to meet Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians, the dynamic duo behind Melville House and MobyLives, who were responsible for bringing Hans Fallada to the English book world's attention - they love Canada!   And Avner Mandelman will also be stopping by to sign copies of his novel The Debba, which was just long listed for this year's Giller Prize.

Do come by and say hello.  It's Booth #329, on the west side of Queen's Park Circle, right at Hoskins Ave.

There will also be some great authors appearing at the Scotiabank Giller Prize Bestsellers Stage (schedule is here) and our Remarkable Reads Tent (schedule is here). Fingers crossed for good weather.

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