Thursday, June 14, 2007

BEA Treasure Trove

The stack has been on my desk for a couple weeks. It’s getting to be time to put the books away. But there is something so luxurious in a nice list. These are the books (advance copies and already published) that I snagged at BEA, in ascending order of size:
  1. an NYC moleskine for being a speaker
  2. a bunch of brochures from the PEN Center
  3. Lara Santoro’s Mercy about a European journalist based in Kenya came in the mail, as promised, from Other Press
  4. The Fire This Time, Randall Kenan’s homage to James Baldwin and attack on the Katrina aftermath and, following it, also from Hoboken’s own Melville House, my longed for copy of Sister Bernadette’s Barking Dog
  5. Alan Bennett’s The Uncommon Reader a novella about what might happen if Queen Elizabeth II became an avid reader
  6. Two Lives, a joint biography of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas by Janet Malcolm
  7. Robert Bolano’s Amulet which, I’m told, is the best one…
  8. David Leavitt’s forthcoming The Indian Clerk which I sought on Mark Sarvas’ recommendation and then, having snagged it, ran into Mark at the Bloomsbury booth,
  9. and, finally, out of character with the rest but very exciting in its own way America’s Best Lost Recipes from the Cook’s Magazine people.
Now, if only these generous publishers and publicists could find me a 25th hour in the day to get started on my reading…

5 comments:

Bud Parr said...

Your list looks a lot like mine - well, about half. Funny, since we weren't together on the floor. I thought it was funny when I wrote that I "only" brought home about 20 books (and of course the Moleskine, which I've already given away to a friend who has just moved here).

genevieve said...

Oh lovely. Second the wish about the 25 hours though (make it about 35 please.)

Mark Thwaite said...

Ooh, yes to Amulet! I wrote a very small capsule review over on The Book Depository website t'other day (http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/viewarticle.php?type=iandi&id=57). Compelling and strange: I'd recommend it. Can't say whether it is his best: it was my first!

Clarice said...

Hoboken's own Melville House Publishers has stickers advertising their books on subway turnstiles at the 14th Street-Union Square station. It would be nice if these New Jersey-based publishers would not vandalize the New York city subway system. If they wish to put their ads on subway posters or trains, they can pay for them as other publishers do. It is odd to see this kind of anti-environmental activity on behalf of a publisher with "progressive" credentials.

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