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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Report from Book Expo: Day 2

So many books! Madam Mayo spent the whole day, from 9-5, at the Washington DC Convention Center, signing El Cielo de El Nido (translation by Agustin Cadena) at the Planeta booth, trolling the aisles... happy to find her other books, Sky Over El Nido and Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion, both nicely displayed... Hanging out with DC Poet-Publishers Robert Giron and Richard Peabody at the Gival Press/ Paycock Press table... Richard's new anthology, Enhanced Gravity: More Fiction by Washington Area Women, is ready to go, and the cover features, well, what else, the world on fire. Who's in it? Julia Slavin, Kate Blackwell, Liz Poliner, Julie Wakeman-Linn, Stephanie Allen, and Wendi Kaufman, Patricia Elam, Rose Solari, and more... Interesting chat with Paul Dry at Paul Dry Books about Gabriel Zaid's So Many Books: Reading and Publishing in an Age of Abundance and his upcoming take on the pursuit of literary fame (Zaid is Mexico's J.D. Salinger, as Dry put it). And in aisle 2700, or thereabouts, a very fun conversation about blogging with Kenneth Ackerman, author of Boss Tweed. Brain fried. Ciao for now. P.S.: For more about Book Expo, check out Sarah Browning and The Elegant Variation.