Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Today I'll be talking about a fun outing on Saturday, and some more birthday books which have found their way to me, courtesy of my brother - I think I've had 19 or 20 books for my birthday, which is more or less the same number as I've bought all year. Famine really does make you appreciate the feast.
But first - one of the nicest, and most unexpected, pleasures of blogging is meeting bloggers in person. I must have met at least 25 or 30 now (including 20+ at the UK meet-ups) and it's always been great fun. What's even better is when we can form some sort of welcoming party for those visiting from distant shores. So when Thomas (My Porch) put up an open invitation for UK bloggers to assemble in London and meet him, of course I was delighted and excited.
A group of us (Polly, Hannah, Claire, Hayley, Miranda, and Donna) met Thomas at the Persephone bookshop, then went for a fabulous afternoon tea at the British Museum...
Thomas, being the lovely guy that I suspected he would be, had brought us all books as presents - chosen to suit us, by careful examination of our blogs. I was so, so pleased to get Tepper Isn't Going Out by Calvin Trillin - it was in my Amazon wishlist ever since I saw Thomas call Tepper his favourite fictional character. Little did I suspect that I'd get the book from the man himself - always a bonus when a book has what the Bodleian calls 'notable provenance'.
And these are the lovely books my brother got me for my birthday - courtesy, once more, of that Amazon wishlist. Such a good idea:
- Exercises in Style - Raymond Queneau
- Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Girl - Jenny Wren
- Rereadings - ed. Anne Fadiman
- Beowulf on the Beach - Jack Murnighan