After one hell of a slow summer - truly, it was draaaaaggggggging there at the end - I'm uber-delighted to see that LA's bookish establishments have been busy wheeling and dealing with PR folk and the fruits of their labor have paid off: just have a quick looky-loo at the events column to the right. I haven't seen September & October this packed in a long time. Years. There's more to come - bookstores & bookish venues are still filling open dates on their calendars. It will be a very busy Fall and it's about damn time.
I suspect the real difficulty will be sorting out the physics involved in being at several readings at the same time. Why should one have to decide between Katherine Taylor & Lara Santoro? I shouldn't have to choose between Antoine Wilson & Porochista Khakpour (no matter that I'll be in Ireland then and so an entirely other brand of physics must be tapped for that), should I? Andrew Vachss vs. Ursula Hegi? Ann Packer vs. Junot Diaz? Alice Sebold vs. Tom Perrotta? Insanity! This week alone will push the laws of physics and space dynamics to the limits.
But I do feel oh so lucky that these are the difficult choices available to us, the terribly fortunate, oh so blessed residents of Los Angeles. It almost makes the traffic worth it, no?