Book Riot L.A. Meet Up and Salman Rushdie

It’s  been quite on the Bbliosa bookish front this month. I haven’t been reading much (Thank you school) but, it has  been a good month for events.

I attended Salman Rushdie’s ALOUD talk.( Podcast Link)   It was a full house,  and because it was Salman Rushdie, there was added security. I didn’t have to take my shoes off , but my bag was searched.  Rushdie doesn’t play.

By the way, if you guys are in L.A. you should check out ALOUD’s events. Sandra Cisneros will be there next month,  Lauren Groff  on the 30th of this month, and  Patti Smith in November. .  Check out their website for more  talks and info. Their events really are awesome, and best of all Free! (Well, Patti Smith isn’t, but  it’s like $ 20 bucks)

The talk itself was great. Héctor Tobar was the moderator. I’d heard of him before, but never read his books. Must do that pronto. Rushdie has a great sense of humor. He was there to promote Two Years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Days which I have not read, but will do so as soon as I surface from the massive pile of H.W. I’m stuck under. Have any of you read it?  It sounds whimsical which is just what I need after the dull dreariness of  journal articles and text books.

I didn’t want to take any pics or video because I’m super awkward,  and I kept getting paranoid that my phone would flash. Does anyone else do that? Even though you know your flash is off, when you’re  in places like museums,  galleries, or concerts,  and you’ve specifically been asked to not take pictures, you feel like you’ll get caught?Just me?  I did, however,  manage to sneak in this awkward shot of him signing.

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My future career as a paparazzi has promise.

 

Then I attended the very first Book Riot Book Group (Los Angeles Chapter.) I got to meet Sharifah  from S.Zainab Williams. Hello!! We’d chatted a bit online before, but everyone else was brand new to me. I’m terrible with names, but it was nice meeting you all!

We met at Stories, Books, and Café  in Echo Park, on the patio. I’d driven by there once, but I’d never been in. It is exactly what it sounds like: a bookstore and café that does not mess around with its plants. I had a party to get ready for, so I couldn’t stay and browse after our group chat, but if we meet there again next month, I will. Even though I probably should’t…

We talked about our latest reads, some good some bad. I mentioned Troika, the book I bought at Pages a few months ago. It was really great! One of those that stick with you for a bit. It’s definetly  going to be in my best of September post, so I’ll talk about it more there.

I got a copy of the Read Harder Challenge. I hadn’t been officially participating in it, but unofficially I’ve been rocking it! I’ve completed  13 out of 24 without knowing it.

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We chatted more books, t.v. shows, unprepared travelers, and the book adaptation  that just might finally earn Leo DiCaprio his Oscar. Despite the blistering heat, It was fun.  I don’t have many book lover friends outside of the internet, so being able to sit with people and talk books in real time was awesome.  The main reason I started blogging was to meet fellow book lovers, and I’d always hoped that it would eventually lead me to people that I might be able to share this love with over coffee and drinks.  It felt surreal to actually be doing it. I’m excited for next month’s meeting!

September is almost over, and I hope with it goes this awful heat, so that the  beautiful fall can dazzle us all.

Have you guys been to interesting or fun events this month?

Thanks for reading, and I’ll talk to you soon 🙂

 

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Best of August

Whoa! August was an insanely busy month for me.  I had birthdays, starting grad school, events, people coming into town, me going of town, and simple daily mundane task all competing with my reading time, yet I some how managed to finish 11 books. Looking back, I don’t know how I managed it all. I still feel out of breath.

August was a decent reading month. I didn’t get to the really good stuff till the end of the month.

The first was Kindred by Octavia E.  Butler.

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If you’ve never read anything by Octavia E.  Butler, Blood Child and Other Stories is a great place to start, but if you want to jump right into her novels, Kindred is a great place too. Kindred got me really thinking about my life and how it has been shaped by my ancestors. Dana, the main character, is a writer from Los Angeles. She and her husband Kevin, who is also a writer, have recently moved into their new home.  They live a decent life, both glad to finally be doing what they love for a living. As the book begins, Dana is suddenly transported from a modern 1974 L.A., to the deep antebellum South.  What follows is terrifying portrayal of slavery and all of the  cruelty and brutally of that era. Dana quickly discovers her purpose for going back in time, and while she understands the importance of it, she can’t reconcile her participation in it.  The novel doesn’t hold back from much, and I found myself thinking about it  for a really long time. It’s  the best time travel book I’ve ever read.

My next pick will come as no surprise to anyone who is knee deep in these installments.

Saga 4

Saga volume 4 by Brain K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I have to be honest, this has been my least favorite so far, but it still had everything I love about this comic series. I can’t say much without giving away spoilers form the previous volumes, but if you are a Saga fan, you will still laugh and love your time with this crazy family.

Last but not least is Self-Portrait in Green by Marie Ndiaye.

Self_Potrait My last book comes straight out of TBR shelf. Good thing to since it was nearing its acquiring date. I already talked about this one in my Women in Translation Challenge post, so I don’t have much to say here. It’s a tiny book that takes you on an odd journey. I liked that it was a book written by a woman,  about women.  I’ve had a difficult time describing this one to people. All I can come up with is that it’s strange in the best way possible. You’re never quite sure of what’s going on, but you’re committed to it regardless.

And that was the best of my reading month.  I can’t believe September is already here! Fall is my favorite season (or what counts for fall here  Southern California). I’m trying to fight an impending reading slump by diving into Harry Potter. It’s always so good to be back in that world.

Fall is such an exciting month for publishing and events, and I might just be trying to kill myself with all the books I’m trying to squeeze into this month, but really what other way would I go out then by reading?  If I fall of the face of the inter webs, you all know why.

What were some of your  books this month? What are you most  looking forward to for Fall?

Happy Reading 🙂