Monday, September 26, 2005

Anansi Boys is here!

Just got a call from the library robot saying,
THIS is a message for Jerilynnsmithready. You have ONE item ready for pickup. It will be held until September THIRTIETH, two thousand and FIVE.
So I checked my account online to see which of my dozen requests had come in, and it's the new Neil Gaiman novel, Anansi Boys. I was psyched to read in this interview that it's more of a comedy than his previous works, because when Gaiman's funny, he's really funny.

Gaiman appeared at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC, this past weekend. A New York Times article looked at the political aspects of the Festival, which is run by first lady Laura Bush. Several attending authors declined the invitation to have breakfast with Mrs. Bush, citing differences with her husband's policies. From Gaiman's blog:
Some of the writers went, some of the writers elected not to go, and this particular writer was scheduled to be on a plane down from Boston while the breakfast was happening so was never able to even wonder whether he would go or not.
If I had been invited to the Festival and had a chance to have breakfast with Laura Bush, I'd have to say, "Sorry, I'm attending the Baltimore Book Festival. That's what you get for holding a competing book festival an hour away the same weekend. Don't let it happen again." And then I'd go "Hmph!" in a very indignant but cute manner, and she would feel bad, and I'd tell her she can make it up to me by teaching her husband to read.

But only if I were really really famous.


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