Last week was more than a bit disrupted for me, and for any number of other people affected by the ice storm in the mid-atlantic. We were out of power for a mere 48 hours while some of our friends just got service restored last night and at least one family we know sees no end in sight (they have a generator which helps, but still I hope PECO gets to them soon).
Besides the power disruption, I have spent the last few days out of town as for family reasons*. All of this is a long-winded way of saying that I haven't posted the reviews I've been meaning to get to and the rest of the weeks literary doings will be posted tomorrow.
In the meantime, if you are looking for something book oriented to do this evening there are a couple of great ones.
At the Free Library there is a powerhouse double header: Rachel Kushner who's second novel, The Flamethrowers has been a huge success in literary and commercial terms will be appearing with Philipp Meyer who was also been high on the list of breakout writers last year with his novel The Son.
Free Library, Central Library
Free (free!! -- I'm always amazed that writers I think of as part of the world's elite are accessible for free)
But, while these two are likely to be thought provoking and interesting, I'm heading up to The Doylestown Bookshop to see Glen Duncan!
Duncan is the writer I voted least likely to enjoy reading based on author photo. I almost didn't read The Last Werewolf because I felt he looked to over the top. Well just as you can't judge a book by its cover, you shouldn't judge an author on a photo. As soon as I picked up and read the book I was hooked. I loved the first sequel, Talulla Rising and am very much looking forward to picking up my copy of By Blood We Live later this evening and getting it signed. I think this is his first US book tour and he's only appearing at this one venue on the east coast. I'm psyched!
The Doylestown Bookshop
Tickets are free, but registration is required.
*I might have visited Politics & Prose while in the DC area. It's reputation is well deserved, but I still love my hometown shops.
P.S. Heads up, tomorrow Matthew Quick will be launching his new book, The Good Luck of Right Now, at the Free Library. I saw him at Children's Book World when he appeared this fall in support of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and he's charming and as sweet and quirky as his books.