Before we blather on about the rest of our BEA weekend, we would like to direct your attention to our good friend Lauren who is running what is possibly the coolest give-a-way contest we've seen in a long time. Go see. Don’t worry, we'll be right here where you left us, with our BEA party stories simmering on the back burner. Really, they'll keep.
Are you back? Okay, here goes:
We kicked off the BEA weekend on Thursday night with the Reading the World party at the French Embassy, courtesy of Dalkey Archives. We were thrilled to meet up with the lovely Lauren Cerand, which is always a pleasure. We also met the smart and stylish Tayari Jones, who was there for one last night on the town before she left for a writing colony in Canada. We also ran into NEA and Pen/Faulkner friends of friends, talked a little shop, and met a few of our fellow LBC'rs for the first time: Ed, Kassia and Mark. Mr. Happy Booker was also in attendance and urged us to try a madeleine, the classic French shell cookie, for a truly Proustian experience.
Off to the Hyperion Party at Busboys and Poets where Amy Goodman delivered quite an impassioned speech, and Andy Borowitz read. Walter Mosely and Maureen Dowd were in attendance, but we were most happy to cross paths with blog-favorite Richard McCann and to learn that his novel, Mother of Sorrows, will be released in paperback on June 6th.
Friday night brought the LBC party. From there it was a short walk down the block to the Bomb Magazine/ Melville House/ Small Beer Press/ A Public Space gathering, where we continued hanging out with much of the same people in the gorgeous Gold Room at the 18th Street Lounge.
Still hanging in there? Really, you don't want to miss what comes next: The Unbridled Books party on Saturday at Pour House. Lots of bloggers there as well, which gave us some time to catch up and compare notes with Mark and Ron and Kassia. We also spent time with local author Fredrick Reuss, discussing Mohr, his latest novel. There will be much more Mohr and Reuss in the coming weeks—watch this space!
Had enough yet? We did. We skipped the invitation only dance party at the 9:30 Club and headed back to the 'burbs. Next year: BEA in New York. We're planning on getting plenty of rest now.