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Buffy night last night featured pseudo-bruschetta with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, tomatoes, green onions, parsley, basil, and baked garlic. Mmmm, pseudo-bruschetta. I need to make me some more of that. The group here went through two whole loaves of sourdough. We didn't watch any Buffy, though, or I could dissect an earlier episode here.

Did pass out some of the stuff from the ABA. What I could find easily, anyway. I was very pleased when [livejournal.com profile] antigone921 took the extra copy of The Joy of Gay Sex. I wish I'd had the author sign it to "slash lovers everywhere," but I didn't want to deal with explaining slash if he didn't know what it was. Also, [livejournal.com profile] ryca borrowed my extra copy of the advance proof of The Amulet of Samarkand, and I'm planning on reading my own copy soon, so we'll see what people actually think of it. Reviewers have said that they expect it to be a blockbuster, like Harry Potter was -- young adult fiction that also appeals to adults. I mean, it's big. There was an actual, honest-to-god, bidding war over this book. So I want to see how it actually reads. The release date, btw, is next October. Yo, [livejournal.com profile] mlechan, you've got to come over, 'cause I've got Ranma 1/2 and a volume filled with new manga for next year for you.

On a random note: even though I know the lyrics to Tori Amos' "Some Horses" include "I got me some horses to ride on," I always hear "I got me samosas to ride on." I have pondered the meaning of "samosas to ride on." Sounds very profound.
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... in walking or even parcel-posting distance.

[livejournal.com profile] m_shell and I will be going to the American Bookseller's Association convention this weekend. (It's now the BookExpoAmerica! convention. Screamer included.)

We'll try to bring back books that people want, so long's you let us know what you want. But we make no promises: sometimes authors don't show up, or their books don't, or there are last minute cancellations and people reschedule.

We're leaving Thursday, so if you let us know before that, that'd be sweet. The autographing schedule is here.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
I'm trying to decide whether or not to go to "BookExpo America" (it used to be the ABA, American Bookseller's Association, convention, but five or six years ago they decided that wasn't cool enough) this year. It used to be much more book-oriented; now they've added booths for sidelines and for book cafe food. Now, it's very big-business, and they don't give as much stuff away.

The trouble is, it's going to be a couple weeks before finals: May 30th, 31st, June 1st. I'll be done with some of my work by then, but still... I have a second thesis due the week of June 7th.

But, but! I can get a three-day pass for only $65! And authors signing their books include Laurie King! And Neil Gaiman! Signing Coraline! And Aaron McGruder signing the best of the Boondocks! And Sherman Alexie (again. I don't think he ever doesn't go). And Matt Groening! And Felice Picano, author of the Joy of Gay Sex -- doesn't everyone want an autographed copy of the Joy of Gay Sex? Also two Lambda Award winners. Also some fab-looking new authors. Also Ray Bradbury, if you like that sort of thing.

I have until May 16th to decide; that's when the discounted tickets go away.

P.S.: I'm not very big business -- I take requests. I try to snake books other people want, so if I decide to go, y'all should look at the author and free books schedules and tell me what you want.

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