Our mailbox overfloweth this week. We're still digging our way through all of these wonderful notes and announcements. In the coming week you can expect two iPod author playlists, an LBC round up of titles, our March reading list, another Friend of the Happy Booker report, and coverage of one very cool new poetry chapbook that we're pretty damn excited about.
FotHB Report—Mary Kay Zuravleff reading, by Lisa Couturier
I am new to the life and work of Mary Kay Zuravleff, yet somehow I feel I've known her for years. She's got this way about her: free-spirited, honest, hilarious, generous and, need I even say it, a way-talented novelist. But perhaps you've been in Washington longer than me; and so it's indeed possible that many of you were at Olsson's downtown last night for the celebration of the paperback release of Mary Kay's brilliant and beautiful novel The Bowl Is Already Broken— a favorite of the Olsson's staff, who describe the book as: "A big rewarding novel about art, politics, family, terrrorism, courage, and happiness."
The event was so packed that Olsson's had to pull out extra seats. On top of that, ten bottles of champagne were empty by the end of the night; and we learned things about battles and intestinal sculptures in the Far East--in only the way that Mary Kay could deliver it: with humor, detail, empathy, and wit. And, oh, she was still signing after the doors were locked!