Let the extravanga begin.
1) Study and annotate program. Mark down possibles. (48 events on first pass!)
2) Whittle down to manageable numbers by application of sophisticated selection criteria . Do not attend on days when there is only one event of interest. Remind self that can only attend one event at a time. Buy tickets only when interest factor is 8 or more. (18 events.)
3) Negotiate the obstacle course that is the online booking system. Actually this year was relatively painless. Tickets went on sale on a Saturday and so I was not stuck behind a corporate firewall unable to book early. And the process was relatively painless. It only took about an hour before I was able to logon. So well done, EIBF! Only one of my chosen authors had cancelled. (17 events).
4) Gather together the EIBF 2010 TBR. These may come from existing stock (the TBR), publisher contributions (thank you), a few impulse purchases and even the library.
From top down: Alex Capus – A Matter of Time, Marina Endicott – Good to A Fault, Philip Kerr – Berlin Noir, Najat El Hatchmi – The Last Patriarch, Marieke Van Der Pol – Bride Flight, Catherine O’Flynne – The News Where You Are, Lisa Moore – February, Maggie O’Farrell – The Hand That First Held Mine, Amy Sackville – The Still Point , Jon McGregor -Even The Dogs, Jim Crace – All That Follows, Salley Vickers – Dancing Backwards, Ronald Frame – Unwritten Secrets, Miguel Syjuco – Ilustrado, Robert McCrum – Globish, John Lanchester – Whoops!, Alberto Manguel – A Reader on Reading, James Shapiro – Contested Will, James Robertson – And The Land Lay Still, Carsten Jensen -We, The Drowned, David Mitchell – The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, Philip Kerr – If The Dead Rise Not.
5) Stand back, admire. Panic? That’s some amount of reading to be done in 5 weeks. Never mind speed-reading. Has anyone worked out how left and right eyes can read different books simultaneously?
6) Seriously consider a reading sabbatical – if it goes a little quiet around here between now and August 14, you know why. I’m reading!