Friday, April 27, 2007

Friday tidbits

Just one more PEN Festival event this morning (a last-minute add-on, as the incredible panel yesterday for high schoolers with Ishmeal Beah and Uzodinma Iweala was over capacity), and I'll be done for the week. But I'd just like to tell you:

- The New York Inquirer has published my blog post "In Defense of Author Events and the Conversation" on their website in response to Mik Awake's article against them. I wish I had time to go back and edit the piece now, as I've discovered Awake is a friend of a friend and we've emailed a bit, and I now think we're actually much more in agreement than it seems (I think we both agree that author events need to evolve from the staid read-from-the-book model, though I think in many cases they successfully have done so). In any case, you can read my piece on the Inquirer and chime in on the comments for the public record.

- The Litblog Co-Op now has all the content on Mark Binelli's SACCO AND VANZETTI MUST DIE!, including Ed Champion's exhaustive guide to historical references in the novel, Dan Wickett's print interview with Binelli, and Bat Segundo's podcast interview (which I haven't heard yet -- looking forward to playing it this afternoon). And the contest to win a copy of the book is open until the end of the day today -- don't forget to put in your entry with the best historical couple who'd make a great slapstick team for a chance to win a signed copy of the book and poster. Enjoy!