Slightly Peckish Tuesday and Penguin Bloggers’ Night

2 April, 2013

Umami Mart

So I went to New York a couple of weeks ago and am still suffering withdrawal symptoms. It was too short a trip and I want to go back! Check out the first of my posts on eating in New York at Umami Mart: Slightly Peckish. ‘Coz we ate. A lot.

In bookish news, last week I joined some fellow book bloggers at this year’s Penguin General Bloggers’ Night at Foyle’s where we heard eight authors reading from their books. Annabel has written about it and apart from hearing some fascinating snippets of new and forthcoming titles including Jonathan Coe’s Expo 58, James Robertson’s The Professor of Truth and Rhidian Brook’s The Aftermath, it was lovely to see everyone again. There was also a contingent of book vloggers which is really exciting as I’m way too shy and will probably mumble like an idiot if I tried it. But I’ll definitely be checking them out on youtube and I hope you do too.

Penguin Bloggers Night 2013

I came home with a lovely tote filled with Mohsin Hamid’s How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Catherine O’Flynn’s Mr. Lynch’s Holiday, Alicia Foster’s Warpaint and Suzanne Rindell’s The Other Typist. Thank you Penguin!

Although I wasn’t able to get copies, I’m also looking forward to reading Joanna Rossiter’s debut novel, The Sea Change intertwining two stories set in India in the ’70s and Britain after WWII and Bernadine Evaristo’s Mr. Loverman about Britain’s aging Carribean community which had us all laughing in our seats.

Isn’t it interesting how hearing an author read can change your perception of a book, just like its cover? Do you find that too?

12 Responses to “Slightly Peckish Tuesday and Penguin Bloggers’ Night”

  1. Simon T Says:

    Lovely to see you there, Sakura! I think seeing and hearing the authors makes a big difference when they’re unknowns. Although I still have loads of unread books from previous Penguin nights – BAD Simon!

  2. Iris Says:

    Here I am admitting to not being an expert: I have never heard an author read from his/her book. I guess I should find more bookish events to go to. But it’s difficult over here, where not many of the authors I am interested in visit, and especially not this part of the country.

    The Penguin event definitely sounds lovely. I saw some other write ups and the list of attending book bloggers sounds fantastic. I wish I could have met you all. Ah, well, maybe one day 🙂

    • sakura Says:

      I guess we are really spoilt in London and UK because there are so many events and all in English. I doubt I’d make much of an effort to travel far to see someone talk unless it’s Donna Tartt. Some people do combine holidays with events thought (I did that with the Galle Lit Fest in Sri Lanka).

      It would be lovely to meet up with you again Iris, especially with lots of other bloggers. One day!

  3. Bee Says:

    Screen-licking good photos of ramen! And Momofuku is a place on my bucket list. 🙂

  4. winstonsdad Says:

    the blogger event sounds great ,I love hear writers talk about there books so many books I would never imagine liking I ve found this way ,all the best stu

  5. shuhanlee Says:

    sounds like a lovely lovely event! I think this is so true, that often we can change our perceptions of a book after we learn about the author’s thoughts behind it. sounds liek you had a good time!

  6. I love book blogger events. They’re always a great chance to meet up with other bloggers, authors and publicists, as well as find out what’s on the horizon from the publishers. Sounds like you had a great time 🙂

    • sakura Says:

      Everyone I’ve met so far has been lovely so I always look forward to these events, especially since everyone’s so enthusiastic about books!

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