Bibliofeast is a moveable feast with authors. Let me explain. We meet at a local Italian restaurant (Maggiano's at South Park for those in the area) and have cocktails and dinner. We mill around chatting with drinks in our hand, meeting other book lovers and a few authors, before heading into dinner. We find seats at our tables and then one of nine authors joins each table. As the folks at the table eat, the author talks a little bit about his or her book and then answers questions and chats with those eating. After a predetermined amount of time, the author says goodbye and moves along to the next table and your table gets a new author with whom to chat. Yes, the authors are the moveable part of this moveable feast. And while you enjoy your salad, pasta, and dessert, you get to indulge in casual conversation with most, if not all, of the authors at the event. Now, here's why I love it above other book events. You don't have to worry about what you're going to say to the author. This is huge for me. There's a whole table of people to chat with him or her so if you are feeling particularly tongue-tied, you can just take it all in. But, if you want to speak or ask a question about the book or writing process or life, you can do it in a setting that just feels like dinner with friends. Because it really is dinner with friends. All the folks there are there because they love books and reading (and some of them love writing too). So they are automatically your people. Very cool, especially for those of us who are introverts. And the authors and books are fantastic too.
So now that I've made you jealous already, here's the list of the authors I'll eating dinner with on October 14:
NORA GASKIN, Time of Death and Until Proven | Lystra Books
But it doesn't have to just be me. If you are in the area, you too can come to this really fun event. Important details in case you want to attend:
Place: Maggiano's Little Italy at South Park Mall
Date and Time: Monday, October 14 at 6pm
Books will be sold before and after the event by local independent book store Park Road Books
Tickets available online here
I'd love to meet you if you come, so please find me and say hi. And for those of you who are too far away to join us, the WNBA is hosting quite a few other bookish events for the month. Find out what's going on near you here. Finally, do you know of any other book related events I should attend? Tell me about them in the comments.