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Sandlynn



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:58 pm    Post subject: National Book Festival Reply with quote

The National Book Festival held on the National Mall in Washington, DC will be on September 22 and 23 this year. There usually isn't any representation by romance authors or, if any, there might be just one author from that genre. This year that appears to be the case. Apparently, Eloisa James will be giving a talk in the fiction and mystery tent on Sunday afternoon.

Here's the line-up for both days:
http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/schedule/


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I need to make a big sign to put on my bedroom door. I love watching c-span 2 or 3 or which ever has the book fair on all weekend.

I didn't realize romance wasn't represented at this event. Seems a little snobby, unless there is another more lodgical reason. I mean I enjoy all types of books so why would one genre be excluded?
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lois McMaster Bujold will also be speaking on Sunday afternoon. Wish I lived closer!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JulieR wrote:
Lois McMaster Bujold will also be speaking on Sunday afternoon. Wish I lived closer!



check your c-span programing they cover the speakers maybe not all but you have to look and you might find they are going to cover her. I have to remember today to look this up for myself, I love listening to authors speak about their books. Even the driest topics of economics, politics, education, I don't care a good speaker is a pleasure to listen too and can make topics I wouldn't normally have an interest in sound so interesting that I sometimes think I might actually read their book, but sadly on those topics the talk is enough to satisfy.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eloisa James was at the St. Louis County Library (Headquarters location) tonight!

Wow, now there's one interesting and articulate woman. Very entertaining and informative.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eloisa James is speaking at the National Book Fair on Sunday something like 3pm.

The cspan schedule for the end of Sept isn't posted yet but here is the page. http://www.booktv.org/Schedule.aspx
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Sandlynn



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judyblueeyes wrote:

I didn't realize romance wasn't represented at this event. Seems a little snobby, unless there is another more lodgical reason. I mean I enjoy all types of books so why would one genre be excluded?


No, you've got it. It's snobby. After all, two of the five or so tents they now have are labeled "Mystery and Fiction" and "Science Fiction and Fantasy." So, three other genres are worthy of singling out, but not Romance. When a romance author is featured, it's under another umbrella: Sandra Brown in Mystery, Diana Gabaldon in Fiction, Eloisa James in Fiction. I know this type of event is planned out way in advance, but I'm surprised they're not trying to ride the "50 Shades of Grey" popularity and feature romance fiction, even if it shares a tent with another genre. Maybe next year ... but I doubt it.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I followed her on Twitter when she was living in Italy with ther husband and family. She was very, very interesting. I can imagine that she would be a wonderful speaker.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xina wrote:
I followed her on Twitter when she was living in Italy with ther husband and family. She was very, very interesting. I can imagine that she would be a wonderful speaker.


Paris. I really enjoyed her book about living there for the year. She was so entertaining when writing about her kids failing classes except English and all their little dramas. She must have children like mine.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Judyblueeyes wrote:
xina wrote:
I followed her on Twitter when she was living in Italy with ther husband and family. She was very, very interesting. I can imagine that she would be a wonderful speaker.


Paris. I really enjoyed her book about living there for the year. She was so entertaining when writing about her kids failing classes except English and all their little dramas. She must have children like mine.



Right...Paris. I thought Italy because her husband is Italian. Anyway, her tweets were so much fun when she was living there.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was away for the weekend and was unable to read the Sunday paper until today. I noted that there's a "Book World" supplement for that day dedicated to the National Book Festival. The very first article is by Eloisa James and is a full page. It's titled, "A Shakespearean romance novelist plays many parts."

Here's a link to the article in the Washington Post Book World supplement: Eloisa James' article
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sandlynn wrote:
I was away for the weekend and was unable to read the Sunday paper until today. I noted that there's a "Book World" supplement for that day dedicated to the National Book Festival. The very first article is by Eloisa James and is a full page. It's titled, "A Shakespearean romance novelist plays many parts."

Here's a link to the article in the Washington Post Book World supplement: Eloisa James' article



Thank you for the link, what a nice message from Mary/Eloise. I feel for her on her big day, it is like being asked to speak was the greatest honour and the greatest moments of self doubt wrapped up in one. Funny to think someone with such great success could feel less worthy then others invited for the same honour.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

could you tell me please National book festival will hold this year in USA, it is a post of 2012 when i am not able to join any forums but now i know about forums .
so can you please tell me about this year. i like a lot books festivals. however you can contact me later when it will be held . thank you in advance. do you have any
interesting book link if you have please provide me.so i am waiting for this
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a link for this years event.
http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-047.html
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Sandlynn



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's the link to the information about the romance part of the festival. Apparently, the romance "pavilion" will be part of the evening program and feature a panel (?) of three romance authors, one of whom I don't know.

http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-123.html

Quote:
Featured pavilion authors Beverly Jenkins, Sarah MacLean and Paige Tyler will discuss their work. The programís emcee is NPRís Petra Mayer, an associate editor at NPR Books who focuses on genre fiction.


Frankly, I'm a little disappointed by this. I was so excited that the Festival was FINALLY including romance, as a genre, among its sub-groups of books, but relegating it to the evening and including only three authors does seem like a bit of a cheat. I originally thought romance would have its own pavilion during the day, which would allow it to have more authors speaking, one after the other. Pushing it to the evening means less authors *and* romance fans will have to stay at the festival so late in order to take part.

Last year, which was the first year they had evening programs, I seriously did not have the energy to stay for the later events. It's really tiring to stay into the evening. So, if you want to take in the romance program, you'll have to skip part of the day, or take some energy drinks and maybe a pillow so you can crash in the corner of the convention center for a little nap.

Honestly, I've been so p-o'd about this, but I've just been seething privately, because I guess I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. Grrrr.
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