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May 29, 2013

armchair bea: introduction
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There’s nothing that helps you jump back into blogging like participating in an event, and there’s nothing I’d like more than to start writing about books again. As such, I’ve decided to join the Armchair BEA. (The Book Expo of America is the publishing event of the year, reputedly filled with publishers handing booksellers as many free books as they’re willing to carry. Clearly this would be a dream event to attend in real life.) I’ll write here all week about books, possibly sometimes even more than once a day. (!!)

The first task? Answer five of the posed questions as an introduction:


Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?

I’m sprite, and I’ve been blogging here for eight years, although the last six months have been ridiculously light on posts. This space was a gift from my partner, who was tired of my saying that I was going to start writing and then not doing so. He figured if he created a blog for me I’d have to do a certain amount of writing, and he’s been correct. My blog is not book-specific, so it also includes chats about my community garden plot, knitting, politics, and life in general.

Where in the world are you blogging from? Tell a random fact or something special about your current location. Feel free to share pictures.

I’m blogging from Washington, D.C. While D.C. (those who live here hardly ever call the city “Washington;” it’s either the District or D.C.) is noted as the home of our government, it’s also been home to a number of writers, including Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones, a lifelong resident; mystery writer George Pelecanos; children’s author Frances Hodgson Burnett, who wrote her first novel while living in D.C.; Nobel Prize winner Sinclair Lewis, who wrote his most famous novels from his Dupont Circle home; and poet Ezra Pound, who was institutionalized in St. Elizabeths Hospital after pleading insanity to treason charges following World War II.

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2013?

I nearly always have several books going at once. I just finished Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, which was heart-wrenching and should be read by everyone who loves books featuring teen protagonists. I’m also working on My Ideal Bookshelf; Politics & Prose’s new local literary journal, District Lines; and two middle grade novels I chose for a fantasy reading challenge, Bliss and The Blue Shoe.

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?

My college used to throw “Dinner with 12 Camels,” so my literary feast would be with:

  • James Thurber, Bill Bryson, and Fannie Flagg, because the conversation would always be amusing with one of them present;
  • Meg Murray, Holden Caulfield, Anne Shirley, and Jo March, because what’s the point of having this event if I don’t get to meet some of my favorite teens from growing up?
  • Maisie Dobbs and Thursday Next, because a few resourceful women who can solve mysteries are always an asset;
  • Barbara Kingsolver and Elizabeth Bishop, because their work never grows old; and
  • Death, from The Book Thief, but we’d clearly have to establish some ground rules.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?

Jo Rowling’s The Burrow, home of the Weasleys. I christened our subterranean apartment The Burrow in their honor, because when we moved down here I hoped it would be just as full of love as their patchwork home was.

You can read other introductory posts here, and do stop back later in the week for my thoughts on other literary topics.

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