Sunday Salon 4/25: NOT the FoB Report

The Sunday
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Yes, I went yesterday. No, I haven’t had time to write up my experiences yet – I’m planning to have that post (with pictures) up on Tuesday.

It’s still going on today, so if you’re a Southern California bibliophile and you haven’t gotten over to UCLA for the Festival of Books yet, what are you waiting for? The weather is great, and admission is free (but parking is $10), so head over there!

BOOKKEEPING: The Reading Status Report

Book reviews posted since last report:
Get Lucky, by Katherine Center (TLC Book Tour)
In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey Into the Heart of the Episcopal Church, by Gina Welch (with additional discussion)

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

New additions to TBR Purgatory (not including books acquired at the Festival):
For me:
Honolulu, by Alan Brennert
First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life, by Eve Brown-Waite

For review:
The Summer We Read Gatsby: A Novel, by Danielle Ganek (via publicist Artemis Azima of Engelman & Company)

New to the Wishlist:
The Lake Shore Limited, by Sue Miller

BOOKMARKS: Reading-related Reading

Because sometimes we all need to remember why we’re here, a Book Blogger Manifesto! (What’s yours?). Also: personal and “opinion” blogging follow different rules – you may not be a “professional (paid) blogger,” but that’s no reason not to conduct your blogging professionally

Writing nonfiction, making up real-life stories

Advice offered to a first-time author on the eve of publication

A fantasy lover’s fantasy: not having to answer these questions!

Nicholas Sparks is less cool than he thinks he is, and writes movies that could send your Miley Cyrus-loving kids into therapy. On the other hand, Shakespeare is cool even after 400 years, as he (and his drunk associate) are interviewed on the occasion of his birthday

Have a great reading week!

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