|Kazu Kibuishi, cartoonist and author, and GKHS student Athena at the Cavalcade of Authors West event|
Weather: Beautiful. It is supposed to be hot today. I must remember to water the clematis we planted a few weeks ago.
April was a literary month: I can't recall a month so full of literary events as this past April. I attended three evening or day long programs and I read lots of books---
|Frank Beddor, author of Looking Glass Wars|
- Billy Collins and Amy Mann at the Broadway Center in Tacoma. Billy Collins is one of my favorite poets. I've never been to a poetry reading of this nature before. Loved it.
- An evening with Sherman Alexie, the featured author of the annual Pierce County Reads event. Please open up the link to read more about this event and his books.
- The Cavalcade of Authors West, an all-day author YA event held at PLU yesterday. Nineteen students from my school attended along with 400+ other students from area schools. What a fun day for everyone who was there. See photo above of two authors, Frank Beddor and Kazu Kibiushi, signing their books.
- I participated in the Dewey 24 Readathon, which I modified. Instead of setting aside one 24 hour period to read, I attempted to read for 24 hours last weekend. I made it 21+ hours. I completed six books, started four others, two of them I set aside after deciding I really don't want to read them after all.
- Two bookclubs. SOTH read and discussed Sherman Alexie's books. See my note about this here. I hosted the RHS Gals book club here at our house. We discussed Girl Waits with Gun, which we all liked better after examining the details of the actual sisters' stories that provided the material for the novel.
- Read fourteen books, a record for a non-summer month.
- Three poetry books
- One memoir
- One nonfiction
- One classic
Currently reading: Lit Up by David Denby, The Bitter Side of Sweet (audiobook) by Tara Sullivan, and We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen
Prayers for: my father-in-law who has pneumonia and can't seem to shake it. At 84 this can be very serious.