I went to the Texas Book Festival last weekend and as always it was fun to be in the company of books…yes, with the accompanying authors and readers! If you ever get a chance to go to a book festival, no matter how big or small, you owe it to your self as a reader to go at least once! That is the reason I used last year to drag along my husband. He only reads current events and a very occasional an adventure fiction novel, but I said that qualified as a reader and he needed to go. This year, I didn’t need to prod or twist his arm, he made room in his calendar and in fact, he even scrutinized the schedule and marked the ones he planned on attending. I was amazed!
Gwen and I divided up the non-adventure reminders: Gwen picked the Young Adult tracks and of course George Duran, I got the rest! And so we were off to listen to authors talk about their books.
I’m not sure if there was a theme this year for picking books and authors, but I got the impression it was war. From the Civil War to Custer to World War I through WWII to the Iraq wars, there were books and authors covering it! And these sessions were usually standing-room only. I just missed getting to hear Jennet Conant talk about her book, THE IRREGULARS: Roald Dahl And The British Spy Ring In Wartime Washington. But we did squeeze into Jeremy Scahill‘s talk about BLACKWATER. A very thought provoking book about the out sourcing of our security including domestic security like natural diasters including Hurricane Katrina to mercanaries who are not accountable to any law or government entity.
But also learned how to be “posh” in a very practical manner! Robyn Moreno is an editor for Woman’s Day and a native Texan. her new book, PRACTICALLY POSH offers many great tips, suggestions and ideas about living a posh life style with a not-so-posh checking account.
All-in-all, it was a great weekend in sunny, beautiful Austin and we came home with bags of books and a much lighter checking account. Ah, well, that’s the way it goes with readers!
We twittered all weekend while attending the festival.