28 August 2007

A Groupie’s Dream Weekend

For most of you, this Labor Day weekend will revolve around barbecues and boats and benders.

Not for me.

I’m spending the weekend hanging out in my neighborhood.



Writers both brilliant and banal will be at the Decatur Book Festival for readings, panel discussions, book signings — and to thrill my little bookwormed heart. Baby Got Books also has info on the weekend’s events.

If you love to read, why haven’t you visited Baby Got Books? The Tim formerly known as DJ Cayenne and the rest of his gang keep me up to date on the latest literary news — and their book reviews are quite good.


Here’s the schedule, with the wheres and whens. Map out your must-stops, and let’s plan a meet-up. I’ll have my cell for tracking purposes, if you have my digits.

Where can you find me?

Friday
8:00 p.m.: Kinky Friedman


Saturday
4:15 p.m.: Wesley Stace
5:30 p.m.: Sherman Alexie
7:00 p.m.: Wordsmiths Books panel* — with Baby Got Books’ Tim
8:00 p.m.: John Wesley Harding

*Not affiliated with the Decatur Book Festival, but it's happening in Decatur just around the corner from the bookish festivities.


Sunday
12:00 p.m.: Edmund White
1:00 p.m.: Hollis Gillespie and Roy Blount Jr. signings
1:15 p.m.: Karen Abbott or Robert Olen Butler
2:30 p.m.: Chuck Klosterman
3:45 p.m.: Hollis Gillespie or Peter Case
5:00 p.m.: Chuck Rosenthal + Aaron Petrovich
8:00 p.m.: Peter Case

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29 Comments:

At 8/28/2007 09:19:00 PM, Blogger chelene said...

Oh, I'm jealous. I would have been there for Chuck Klosterman definitely.

 
At 8/28/2007 09:35:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

Heh, nice label. I'm a whore for alliteration too.

 
At 8/28/2007 11:10:00 PM, Blogger Artful Dodger said...

You're having a book festival where your at? Awwww...I'm so envious. Pffft...the closest thing we have here is like poem groups that sometimes meet at Barnes & Nobles. I'm gonna have to plan a trip over there when one of those festivals are going on. I'm actually pouting cause I wanna go now and I can't. :(

 
At 8/29/2007 02:17:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I was jealous until I remembered that I'm going to the beach Saturday. Have fun. And I really am a little jealous.

 
At 8/29/2007 05:13:00 AM, Blogger Scrivener said...

I don't know how much of the festival I'll be going to, but I definitely want to be there for Alexie's reading and I'd really like to attend Frazier's thing, especially since I taught his most recent novel the last two semesters. And I taught Cold Mountain a while back too.

 
At 8/29/2007 07:30:00 AM, Blogger chez béz said...

I love John Wesley Harding. My wife and I saw Chuck Klosterman at a book reading on our anniversary a couple of years back.

I'm wishing I was in Decatur this weekend. Have a blast!

 
At 8/29/2007 09:30:00 AM, Anonymous HollyC said...

So glad you live in an neighborhood you love. This event sounds like "Beth's Nirvana", have a blast! We'll be watching the Dogs opener this Sat night

 
At 8/29/2007 09:56:00 AM, Anonymous Tim said...

Thanks for the shout out. Our little panel at Wordsmiths should be fun. There will be complimentary wine - how bad could it be? Bring a friend or 12.

 
At 8/29/2007 10:58:00 AM, Blogger Crusher said...

That sounds great.

Except for the whole "having to be in Georgia" part. That, not so much.

 
At 8/29/2007 01:26:00 PM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

Cool...
Oddly, our local book festival is coming up in two weeks and for the first time I'm going. I'm embarrassed to admit that I'd never made a point of going and supporting local writers, etc.

 
At 8/29/2007 02:21:00 PM, Blogger Doc said...

I'd love to see Chuck Klosterman and get his autograph. Flannery just bought his new book and I can't pry it away from her. Have loads of fun and be sure to try some of the wine. Looking forward to the recap.

Doc

 
At 8/29/2007 05:05:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

Perfect. Now I know exactly where to find you!

 
At 8/29/2007 06:53:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

My dad always told me books were only to be used for kindling and by Communists. I hope that you don't buy copies of any little red books, Comrade, and if the FBI stops you on your way home, please inform them any purchases you made were fuel for a bonfire.

 
At 8/29/2007 08:51:00 PM, Anonymous Glassmeow said...

Saturday looks great! We have to wait for Wordstock to see Wes again 'round here.

That reminds me - gotta remind my pal Harmony (who is nuts over Sherman Alexie) that he's here on the 10th or so of Sept. We got skunked on his last reading. Got the venue mixed up and by the time we got to the right one (The Mothership - Powells) it was so jammed you couldn't get near it.

Debating whether or not to drive to Seattle for The Shins on Saturday.

 
At 8/29/2007 09:26:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

CHELENE: I’m quite excited about the Klosterman interview. I’m gonna beg him for a job as his assistant; wonder if I can use my blog as writing samples?

BECKEYE: Such as “Labeled with Love”?

ARTFUL DODGER: I love leaving you cute boys pouting.

DR. MONKEY: I’m not much of a beach girl, so I’m just feeling a twinge of jealousy about your vaca. But I’ll miss you.

SCRIVENER: I hope I see you at Sherman Alexie’s session.

 
At 8/29/2007 09:27:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

CHEZ BÉZ: It’s not that far from Nashville; throw the kids in the backseat and c’mon down. I’ve never seen John Wesley Harding in concert, so I’m looking forward to Saturday night.

HOLLYC: I learned something new today; I didn’t know the Dawgs were playing this weekend.

TIM: I’m trying to build up a crowd for the Wordsmiths panel. I plan to heckle you. (p.s. I miss “DJ Cayenne.”)

CRUSHER: Then it’s a good thing you haven’t been invited to Georgia.

CHANCELUCKY: I missed last year’s festival because I went to the lake, so this will be my maiden voyage. Can’t wait!!! Hope you post about your festival.

 
At 8/29/2007 09:27:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

DOC: I need to pick up the new Klosterman and the new Alexie tomorrow. If I get their autographs, I’ll be sure to post photos to taunt y’all. And, yes, I’ll be drinking wine all weekend long.

GRANT MILLER: I’ll be the one in jeans.

PISTOLS AT DAWN: It’s sweet of you to look out for me, Pistols.

GLASSMEOW: I missed Wesley Stace and John Wesley Harding last year, so I’m glad he’s coming back. If I get a chance to talk with Sherman Alexie, I’ll tell him to give y’all a reminder buzz when he hits Portland.

 
At 8/29/2007 11:08:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh sweet! That's way better than having a brew in the backyard! I be jealous.

 
At 8/30/2007 12:05:00 AM, Anonymous m said...

klosterman is a big wilco fan--and a really nice guy. have fun meeting him.

and by the way--rip hilly kristal.

 
At 8/30/2007 12:06:00 AM, Blogger New and Used Records said...

Oh man, Chuck Klosterman on sunday. Yeah, I am jealous. Sounds like fun - and a good way to spend a Labor Day. Oh, Peter Case, too ... that sound be be awesome!

Oh, and I wanted to mention that (nearly a year later) I have returned to my Byrds and I series. I am reposting the old ones this week and debuting new ones all next week.

 
At 8/30/2007 07:51:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BARBARA: The nice thing is, the festival is just a mile or two from my home, so I can have a brew in the back yard if I need it.

M: Wasn't that sad about Hilly? I read that yesterday.

NEW AND USED RECORDS: Peter Case is also doing an in-store at our neighborhood CD shop, but it's during Hollis Gillespie's gig. I have to get over there and read your Byrds posts; you know I love 'em.

 
At 8/30/2007 09:00:00 PM, Blogger Eebie said...

Eck-cellent that you are mixing in your milieu! I'm happy for ya and sending out good vibes!

 
At 8/31/2007 10:51:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"Sherman Alexie?"

I'll be right over, I hope the cats don't mind me putting them out (allergies) ; )

 
At 9/01/2007 12:04:00 AM, Blogger thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Now *that's* where I should be this weekend.

 
At 9/01/2007 02:41:00 PM, Blogger jewgirl said...

too bad I'm not in your hood, I'd love to hook up for cocktails and a literary feast. have the best time.

 
At 9/02/2007 11:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, did you have a good time at the Decatur Book Festival?

 
At 9/03/2007 08:50:00 PM, Anonymous gifted typist said...

Love hollis Gillespie. Did you see her?

 
At 9/04/2007 06:44:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

EEBIE: It was beyond fun. I love my 'hood.

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: The cats will probably throw you on the deck, doll. But it's quiet out there.

THIRD WORST POET: C'mon down! You can share the deck with Write Procrastinator.

JEWGIRL: I wish you were here, doll.

ANONYMOUS: The bestest time!

GIFTED TYPIST: Yes, I did — and loved every 45 minutes of it.

 
At 9/04/2007 10:10:00 PM, Blogger disgruntled world citizen said...

The Kinkster is/was at the book festival? Ah, I love the Kinkster! I have all his books, a good many signed. I'm jealous some more.

 

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