April 23rd, 2008

books

I went to Comicon and all I got was a tshirt

I didn't expect Comicon to be quite as wearying as either BEA or LBF, but it was. I am only just now beginning to feel somewhat recovered. One of my friends has the idea that the Javits Center sucks energy out of you as she claims to feel less tired at the SD Comicon than the NYC one, even though the former is three times as large. Maybe that building just has bad feng shui.

With the official side-kick in tow, I headed down early on Friday and got a chance to walk a large portion of the publisher section of the floor. The show didn't open to the public until the afternoon, which meant Friday was a "quieter" day. Saturday was less so. If you want an idea of the mash-up, dianora2 has a picture in her entry. Friday evening, I escaped to the East Side with jimbutcher for dinner, and we had a relaxing time because we both anticipated Saturday being very busy as he had three signings and a panel to appear on to promote "The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle," the original comic book story serving as prologue to the Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1) adaptation (the graphic novel that I linked to will be out in October). Saturday evening, I hosted a little gathering for jimbutcher to celebrate the launch of the comic and the success Small Favor (The Dresden Files, Book 10) is enjoying. We had pizza and cupcakes and Jim told fun stories.

On Sunday, I did not make my way back to the convention center. Instead I saw Vienna Teng in the Park, and then headed to the LES for maryrobinette's puppet show version of Peter and the Wolf (where I wondered how many of the small tykes in the audience recognized the E.T. theme played during the opening musical section) and then maryrobinette, maryrobinette's husband, mcurry and I all traipsed off to grab dinner and chat.

Very full weekend and I didn't read a single page of manuscript submissions, which is very unusual. And somehow it's already Wednesday.
books

is reading fundamental?

Some people don't think so.

As reported in Publishers Weekly and elsewhere, President Bush's proposed 2009 budget eliminates all funding for RIF, which has provided more than 325 million books to underprivileged children since 1966.

I grew up in a reading family and it wasn't until high school that I realized how unusual that apparently was, and the privilege I enjoyed. I am sure I would not be the person I am today if I had not been a reader from a young age and I'm already encouraging the younger generation of my family to join the reading club, mostly by keeping them well supplied with books. I highly doubt I'd be a literary agent if my parents had minded that I "borrowed" their library books before they had the opportunity to read the books themselves. Or if I had not had access to a generous school library. Reading habits start young.

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