Sunday Salon 4/18: Get your Festival of Books tickets!

The Sunday
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

If you’re planning to be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (at UCLA) next weekend, don’t forget that tickets for the panels will be available at NOON TODAY! Tickets are $1.00 each (Ticketmaster processing fee), are limited to four per session/eight per person, and are required for the panel sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. Of course, there will also be plenty of exhibitors and vendors to visit too – what’s a book festival if you can’t buy books?

And what makes a book festival better than sharing it with other book bloggers? I recently e-mailed a list of regional bloggers about their FoB plans and interest in meeting up, and included a response form for ease of organization. If you didn’t get that e-mail or haven’t responded yet, you can go to that form now and reply (by this Wednesday, April 21, if at all possible, so we’re not scrambling to get plans together at the last minute!). I’ll only be there on Saturday, so if you’re only going on Sunday, I’ll miss you – but if you’re there on Saturday, I really hope I’ll get to hang out with you!

BTW, the Times‘ book blog, Jacket Copy, has been featuring some of the authors who will be speaking at the Festival.

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report

Book reviews posted since last report:
Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?: And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask, by Jancee Dunn

This One Is Mine: A Novel by Maria Semple (for the Everyday I Write the Book online book club, April 29)

New additions to TBR Purgatory:
None this week, but check back with me after the Festival next weekend!

New to the Wishlist:
The Forty Rules of Love, by Elif Shafak
Alexandra, Gone, by Anna McPartlin
Singled Out, by Virginia Nicholson
31 Bond Street, by Ellen Horan
A Fierce Radiance, by Lauren Belfer

BOOKMARKS: Reading-related Reading

Songs inspired by literature inspire a playlist to accompany reading; a review inspires someone to steal it (and it’s happened more than once, which is, as Lenore says, “SO not cool”)

Do certain locations seem more appropriate for certain types of books?

How do you refer to your favorite authors?

I’ve experienced this myself, and you probably have too: the order in which you choose what to read can affect your enjoyment of it

Would your TBR spreadsheet be easier to manage if you used a simple form to add books to it? Here’s how to build one!

International Incident of the Week: I’ve read the (lengthy) discussion in (many) comments, and it actually started out fairly civil and open-minded, but what was intended as a compare-and-contrast post regarding  cultural differences between UK and US book bloggers stirred up a lot of rancor and provoked an apology from the blogger. If you decide to read the post, please take the time to read the comments as well and get the whole picture.

My take: There are differences in approach among bloggers, period. They may be culturally-based. They may have to do with individual personalities. I think as readers, we gravitate toward bloggers whose voices appeal to us, and whose interests are (mostly) similar to our own – in that order. I don’t think, in general, we’re particularly motivated to root for the home team – that is, bloggers from our own locality – if those other factors aren’t there.

Somewhat related: are there certain “rules” you should be following if you call yourself a “book blogger”?

In closing, I usually include these bits in the Week-End Review on Fridays, but this one seemed to fit in better here:

“The Twilight Of Our Literacy” (via Not Always Right)

Bookstore | Exton, PA, USA
Me: “Hi, how can I help you today?”
Customer: “I’m going on a 25 hour plane ride, and I was just trying to find something to read.”
Me: “Okay, what kind of books do you read?”
Customer: “Young adult stuff, like romance stuff.  OH!  Or something with vampires.”
(I walk her over to the young adult section.  And show her a series with vampires. There are six books in the series and each book is quite small–not even 200 pages.)
Me: “Well, you might like this series. They’re easy books to read, but really good. I’ve read them.”
Customer: *flips through book* “It seems boring.”
Me: “Oh. Well, I can assure you it’s not.  They are quite action-packed.”
Customer: “I mean it looks wordy. Like, there’s a lot of words in it.”
Me: “Well, yeah…most books have words in them.”
Customer: “Hmm…I’ll think about it.”
(She ended up buying 3 teen magazines.)

Sigh. I’m glad to know not all teens are like this. Have a great reading week!

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