A whirlwind past few weeks. The same day I finished the residency at A Studio in the Woods — a final update is available here — was the day of the New Orleans Book Fair, which met and exceeded all expectations for a day spent celebrating writing and reading. There’s simply nothing quite like the sight of endless rows of tables of books, pamphlets, zines, and comics swarmed by a crowd that was so obviously enjoying itself — congratulations to the organizers for pulling off such an impressive feat, though next year it may be worth positioning the tables away from the power lines. Death from above; Magda and I found, to our surprise, that the pigeons decided to claim a book or two for themselves.
A few appearances over the next few weeks: first, on The Reading Life hosted by Susan Larson on WWNO, second, a post-Studio reading with Valentine Pierce at the Latter Library, and finally, I’ll join the crowd at the annual author extravaganza at Main Street Books in my hometown of Hattiesburg, MS in early December. Further details here.
In other news, the 17 Poets reading series will be going strong until the holidays, with Trembling Pillow Press sponsoring as well the inaugural Bob Kaufman Book Prize. Both Naomi Shihab Nye and John Jeremiah Sullivan will be in town this next week, and for those who couldn’t make it, Mark Folse at Toulouse Street has been diligently covering the Words and Music Festival — going above and beyond the call to record several sessions.
If you’ve never heard Sandy Denny ask the question, remedy that now.