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Boston Book Festival

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I had a wonderful time at the Boston Book Fest on Saturday! I found out about the Writers’ Room (there’s an open house next month, I’m thinking of applying), got myself a subscription to The Writer magazine (half price! yay!), and sat in on three fascinating panel discussions—Americans Abroad, Historical Fiction: Imagining the Past, and Herstory: Women in History. All the panelists were very thoughtful and articulate, and I took a lot of notes.

 

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Poetry!

 

There were two best moments, and both happened at the exhibitors’ booths. I stopped by the Grub Street booth (I’ve been meaning to apply to teach there for four months already, so this was a good kick in the tush) and picked my “literary fate” from a jar of buttons.

Which did I choose?

Starving artist.

“No,” I said, and dropped it back in the jar. “I’m done with that.”

Someone at the booth replied, “Really? That was fast.” Someone else told me I could choose another one.

So I picked this one, which I could live with.

 

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The other best moment happened at the Small Beer Press booth, where I had the pleasure of meeting Susan Stinson.

 

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We chatted about how supportive librarians are, and she positively bubbled over as she told me how many people had turned out for her launch event (which was at a library). Here I captured her mid-laugh. I know that giddy feeling, and it was really fun to watch her enjoying the fruits of her accomplishment. I’m excited to read her novel!

 

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Trinity Church.

 

I left Copley Square that evening with the sense that I’ve only just begun to tap into the literary community here. I want to attend more readings and other fun events, and make more writer friends!

 

1 Comment to Boston Book Festival

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    October 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a really lovely day! What a great mid-laugh photo of Susan!

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.