September, One Of The Most Bookish Times Of The Year


September has been a huge month for lots of wonderful bookish events.  So much so, that I have been virtually absent from Linus’s Blanket.  I managed to post a paltry four times this month, and only a few days remain in September.  I figure that I should take this opportunity to mention some of what has comprised the fabulously bookish month of September.

I read one book this month, and when you only read one book in a month, it had better be a good one.  Fortunately the book that I read was Come Sunday, by Isla Morley and I thought it was just fabulous.  Complex characters and food for thought are some of my favorite things to get out of a book, and Morley provided both.  I will definitely be on the lookout for what she does next.

The Brooklyn Book Festival coincided with the launch of not only the beginning of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, but also the beginning of my bocce season and the visit of friends Lenore (Presenting Lenore) and Daniel* (Daniel Jennewein) who were here to promote the release of Daniel’s children’s book Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

Brooklyn Book Festival, just before it started to rain.
Brooklyn Book Festival. Raining.
The Harper crew. Erica (The Olive Reader) has a captive audience.

I don’t know why these book festivals always seem to take place on rainy days, but I was glad that I braved the cold and the wet to to hear the authors speak.  I was fortunate to be able Farai Chedaya, Myla Goldberg, Reif LarsenDennis LehaneBernice L. McFaddenMarlon James, Per Petterson, Scott Spencer, Terese Svoboda.  Bernice McFadden read from Glorious, and the pages that she she read were so impressive that I immediately need to run out and get Glorious. I was also very interested in Kiss the Sky by Farai Chideya.  Also during the course of the day I was able to rope Allie (Hist-Fic Chick) into a bocce game and to meet Jamie (The Broke and the Bookish), Lori (The Next Best Book Club), and Mitali (Alley of Books).  Good times!

Bocce - Che Palle
Che Palle, goofing off at practice.

After the Brooklyn Book Festival, Allie, Daniel and I headed off to dinner at Apartment 138.  We were so rowdy that they put us in a room with cinder block walls.  Dinner was fun and delicious.  Best fish and chips I’ve had, except for maybe in Dublin.

L-R Allie, Nicole, Lenore at Apt. 138.

A few days later I joined Lenore in the quest for the perfect donut.  We traveled to Lower East Side to visit The Doughnut Plant. The doughnuts are quite simply insane, and maybe some of the richest things I have ever eaten in my life.  Definitely nothing that I could eat every day, but if you like doughnuts, it is so worth it to go at least once.

Lenore & Nicole at The Doughnut Plant.
Lenore just couldn't get enough. Best doughnuts ever!

That same week, Allie and I were lucky enough to meet up with Karen Essex, author of Dracula In Love, and an upcoming guest to be featured on The Underground Literary Society along with Anne Fortier (Juliet).  It was fun to chat with Karen about all things bookish, and to express to her how much I appreciated that Dracula in Love explored a bit of the greater world of events going on in greater London at the time.

L-R Karen Essex (author, Dracula In Love), Allie (Hist-Fic Chick), Nicole (Linus's Blanket) at 8th Street Wine Cellar.

Lurking, and the appropriateness and meaning of the term, struck a cord with readers, and I am happy to see it further explored under the guise of, Is Blog Lurking Really So Wrong on the Blogher Website.

This month on That’s How I Blog!, I have chatted with Danielle from There’s A Book, Kari from The Five Borough Book Review, and Erica from The Olive Reader.  You can check out their chats, and many others, on the That’s How I Blog! page on Blogtalk Radio.  And join me tonight as I chat with Vasilly from 1330v.

1DA652C2516038AE4D02F55645591F39 Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane

Phew!  And I still have to talk about The Baltimore Book Festival!

*Daniel Jennewein is a former client of Winsome Media Communications.

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  1. Now I want a donut. YOu know I used to work in a donut shop in high school? Gained twenty pounds, thank you very much. You have had a busy busy month girl. You actually made me feel better about how little I have read of printed books lately. I only have 2,000 books (or it feels like 2,000) sitting in front of me needing my attention, and I can’t seem to get through ONE.

    1. Well the guy who worked there said that he gained weight while working there. I would think it would be one of the occupational hazards. The donuts were so sweet and rich that I just wouldn’t be able to have that many of them. I felt a little ill the next day.

  2. Even though you didn’t post a lot nor read more than one book I think your September was fabulous!! You had the chance to meet with some great blogging buddies and eat with Karen Essex!! I loved Dracula in Love!! I had fun looking at your I want a doughnut!

  3. What a wonderful literary month you had – filled with great events and good friends.

    I hope October is just as entertaining!

  4. You’ve been so busy this month (well I guess now it’s October so it would be last month) but busy in such a great way! I’m so sorry I didn’t get to see you while you were here for the National Book Fest. Hopefully we’ll catch up (Online or in person) sometime soon. 🙂