Wow. It's been forever since I last checked in here. To those of you who visit regularly, a thousand apologies.
The latest news is that a video of the American Library Association's Notable Books Breakfast is available for viewing. Note that you can watch the whole thing online here—including readings by Lisa Margonelli, Joyce Antler, Ron Carlson, Patrick Rothfuss, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and me—or download any segment in a format that'll play on your computer or iPod.
I've been busy with the September 23rd benefit at the Mark Twain House and Museum, "Writers Read for Twain." (Detailed coverage of the circumstances that led up to the house's plight has appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.)
Just so you know, here's the final line-up of writers—and the Twain selections we'll be reading.
Stewart O'Nan - from "The War Prayer," and a letter on Jane Austen
Philip Beard - from The Prince and the Pauper
David Gates - Love letters
Philip Lopate - from Life on the Mississippi
Jon Clinch from Huckleberry Finn, and "Concerning Tobacco"
Tasha Alexander - "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses"
Arthur Phillips - from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Amy MacKinnon - "Amended Obituaries"
Tom Perrotta - from Huckleberry Finn
Kristy Kiernan from "Eve's Diaries"
Robert Hicks - from "Adam's Diaries"
We've also gotten word that CBS Sunday Morning will be on hand to tape the event; I'll keep you posted as to when it'll be broadcast.
It's going to be a great evening. I hope you can make it. And if you can't, I hope you'll drop by the house's web site and make a donation to keep this great American landmark open to the public.
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