- I got to meet Wallace! She and I met at my favorite local coffee shop, JP Licks (it’s a small franchise in Boston but the one in my neighborhood is the best), and spent an hour or so chatting before I had to leave to go to work and she had to go be a Boston tourist. I love JP Licks’ coffee passionately, even if they’re better know for their ice cream, so I was more than happy to have an (excellent) excuse to start my day there.
- I spent three hours on Thursday listening to Dan Chaon’s mystery Await Your Reply; three hours I wish I could get back. I had previously tried to read the book in print, but I couldn’t get into it. I decided to give it a chance on audio just in case, but since the story didn’t get even vaguely interesting after three hours, I finally gave up for good. I then checked Goodreads to see what happened; somehow I was exactly right with my guess from the first twenty minutes of the story. Glad I didn’t end up wasting the full ten hours listening to that one!
- On Thursday I went to a reading hosted by the Brookline Booksmith by NPR journalist Michele Norris for her new memoir The Grace of Silence. It was really more of a conversation between her and Robin Young, a journalist for our local NPR channel, and it was seriously the best author event I’ve attended. Norris was so smart and funny and interesting and may or may not have made me tear up a couple of times.
- I knew absolutely nothing about Michele Norris when I bought tickets to see her speak about her new book The Grace of Silence. Okay, that’s not true: I bought the tickets because I knew she was a journalist for NPR, that she was going to be talking with Robin Young, and that the conversation was going to be taped for future broadcast on our local NPR affiliate. The tickets were only $5, and the last time Ethan and I went to an NPR taping (for the weekly “game show” Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!) we paid about ten times that for two tickets–so I figured why not. Best uniformed ticket purchase ever.
- Note: The Grace of Silence has quotes from Toni Morrison, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Tom Brokaw, among others. Gwen Ifill (whose book on race and politics, The Breakthrough, I really loved) and Melissa Harris-Lacewell (Princeton Professor and MSNBC contributor) have both endorsed the book as well. So I obviously bought the book. I’ll admit it: I SUCCUMBED TO PRESSURE FROM SMART PEOPLE I ADMIRE.
- You know what else was really bad for my TBR list? The September Indie Next list. I added 15 books from that mean flyer. FIFTEEN. That is 75% of the books listed! (It would have been 80% but I’ve already read I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman.)
- I really need to get cracking on The Plot Against America. It’s hard to read challenging books when you’re coughing and blowing your nose ever 2-3 minutes. Instead I listened to Myron Bolitar (the series by Harlan Coben) books. Ah, ear candy.
- Look! I actually have planned posts for the week. It’s ca-ca-ca-crazy. Also I actually took notes when I watched The Celluloid Closet! …Okay, I know most of you plan ahead and takes notes for posts on a regular basis, so I don’t feel TOO good about myself, but still! This is revolutionary in the world of Bonjour Cass. I’m trying to keep the blog from becoming Au Revoir, Cass. (Ha, ha. See what I did there? I am so clever )
Also, to the person who found my blog by searching “Which bookstore in Northampton, MA, sells Hello, Groin?” May I suggest Broadside Books? They should be able to get it for you.