Markham. She also told us she spent fourteen years in foster care in California. She said she tired of making new friends, and decided librarians would be her only friends. She read voraciously, saying she read as if her life depended on it. She said it really did. She wasn't escaping into books. She was reaching. McLain was a fantastic speaker.
Garth Risk Hallberg is the author of City on Fire, the nine hundred page novel that was one of the hot books of BEA. He was also an excellent speaker.
Anthony Marra is the author of The Tsar of Love and Techno. His talk was funny.
Jason Gay read from his collection of stories, Little Victories, to end the breakfast program. Terrific start to a long day.
EarlyWord was the MC. She introduced actress and author Mary-Louise Parker (Dear Mr. You) first. The other authors were Annie Barrows (The Truth According to Us); Stephanie Clifford (Everybody Rise); Vu Tran (Dragonfish); Tama Janowitz (Scream), and Barry Moser (We Were Brothers). Moser, usually known as an award-winning artist and illustrator wrote a book about his relationship with his brother, trying to figure out how they turned out so differently. He brought many of us to tears. I have the feeling the book will do the same.
The afternoon was spent going through the exhibits while stopping back at Mystery Writers of America's booth to try to catch friends. I ran into Donna Andrews, Margery Flax, and Suzanne Epstein there. I finally circled back often enough to see Erin Mitchell, and caught John Valeri from the Hartford Book Examiner there as well.
|Erin Mitchell, John Valeri and myself|
And, before the afternoon was over, I caught Hilary Davidson at the MWA booth. It was only for a moment, but it's always great to see her.
It's always fun to see the books that are highlighted throughout the show. Here's a billboard, and two large posters for books by two of my favorite authors that were showcased. I just love seeing signs advertising books.
My Thursday night play was On the Town. It's another Tony nominated play, and the lead was very good, as was the dancing. But, it just didn't do much for me. There wasn't enough of a plot. Maybe I should have gone to a drama instead of a revival. Oh, well. More Broadway this week!