Well, actually, there isn't much to tell. After getting back from Boston last Sunday, my parents went back to Indiana, my husband left on another business trip, and I spent the week getting caught up on things and getting ready for my SIBA trip to Charleston. The school had a big Grandparents Day celebration, for which I was a volunteer, and we also had our first day of golf for the season for my league. It was hot, but for someone who hasn't touched a club since May, the balls were flying straight and far.
I didn't really get alot of print reading done because I was spinning in circles for most of the time. I started "Dominance" by Will Lavender, which Swapna reviewed and convinced me I couldn't live without, but I couldn't make much headway. Next week, I swear. I did finish Michael Harvey's "We All Fall Down" on audio. I love this guy. Great Chicago action, great mysteries, and all in a small efficient package of 7 or 8 discs. I then started Nesbo's "The Snowman" which is narrated by Robin Sachs. Now, THIS is going to be fun!!!
So SIBA. Heather and I left Friday morning to drive up to Charleston. We had planned on listening to "The Last Werewolf" on the way up, but big shocker, we talked the whole way. You all knew this would happen. We met up with Kathy (Bermudaonion) and Swapna (S. Krishna's Books) and then off we went to a welcome reception, followed by an open house held in a featured author's Charleston home (she writes Southern cookbooks...biscuits were had, and I wanted to move into the house). We followed that up with dinner at 82 Queen. The whole city is having the Charleston version of Orlando's Magical Dining, so things were bustling.
Saturday was a full day. The schedule was packed from about 11:00am until 10:30pm. Our merry band of bloggers set up interviews with authors Jennifer Niven (who was drop dead gorgeous and extremely gracious) and Alma Katsu, author of "The Taker" (who was the most real, warmest, funniest person ever...you would want to have her over at your house for dinner). See photos of each author below.
I will certainly do a more in-depth recap of the SIBA event, but yesterday we accumulated between 30 and 40 signed books (which eventually will be placed on our Adult Literacy League auction after I've read them), and saw so many mind-blowing authors (AVI, Sandra Brown, Karen White, Ted Dekker, Kadir Nelson - object of my crushing, Wendy Wax, etc.) that I was on the verge of being over-stimulated. The organizer for the UCF Book Festival was also here recruiting for our Orlando event next year, so it is exciting to think that we may see some of these authors again.
Today, the publisher exhibits open, there is an author breakfast and lunch, and an auction where you can "buy" an author for dinner. There are so many I would love to buy...Tom Franklin, Amy Greene, Wendy Wax, Karen White...I'm hoping that maybe the bloggers can procure one!
I must say that this is an amazing event, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. We have all the best authors, but the venue is intimate and very organized. Stay tuned for more details to come.
As a parting note, I also wanted to tell you that I think this post marks my 1,000th (give or take one or two - it is confusing when I have pre-scheduled posts). I shake my head at this number. Who would have thought? I will also be coming up on my 3 year anniversary in October. What started out as a way to keep track of my books has turned into an effort that has become a way of life for me.
Hope you all have a wonderful relaxing Sunday. I'll be back to check up on you on Wednesday. What is up with you today?