I live in the lap of, well, literary luxury. This weekend Carmel-by-the-Sea is hosting the fourth annual Carmel Authors and Ideas Festival, a three-day event featuring lectures, talks, book signings and breakout small-group sessions with prominent authors and political figures.
To my great frustration and chagrin, I do not get to attend, and I am wearing black to show my sorrow. I live very close to Carmel and I write, two reasons in and of themselves to attend. I cannot attend because I'm a working stiff whose schedule does not permit attendance, especially as tickets are only available for the entire event, not for individual days.
I am very impressed with the effort of organizers to provide a TED-like arena in which ideas, literature and discussion are the center of all activities, and in which the attendees may meet face-to-face with seemingly inaccessible individuals like Condoleeza Rice.
There will be a "next year," as indicated by organizers who state they have lofty goals of inviting world-renowned leaders in politics and literature to the event, and that the event is actually growing each year. Keep it on your calendar for next year, and maybe I'll see you there.
Causes Christine Bottaro Supports
The Nature Conservancy, California State Parks, The United Way