If only I kept in touch with my 11th grade English teacher - she'd get a kick out of the fact that the past 2 years I've been to the book festival, the authors I went to see were the writers of books we read!!
At the 2010 NBF I went to see Isabel Allende!
In high school, I fell in love with Magic Realism because of Allende's The House of the Spirits. Awesome book - terrible movie. But isn't that too often the case? Joe and I saw her speak last year as well. She's a teenie tiny Latina with a big attitude and quite the feminist kick - I dug it.
This year was equally exciting...
DRUM ROLL PUH-LEEEEASE...
Toni Morrison, author of Beloved (among other things)
I went to see Morrison speak and was not let down at all. She was interviewed by a book reviewer from the Washington Post and she had the most interesting things to share about learning to read, attending Howard University in a segregated Washington, D.C., and teaching. I wish the interviewer had asked a little more about her inspiration, her characters, and writing. But overall, Ms. Morrison was gracious, had a wonderful sense of humor and at 80 years old - she's still got it.
I didn't wait in line to get her autograph in my worn copy of Beloved because I was getting another author's signature as a surprise for Big Ed. It's still a surprise...and he's reading...so let your imaginations run wild.
I like books. I love books! Can't wait for the book fest next year!!!