Sunday, September 2:
- Breakfast: The most important meal of the day.
- Noon: Michael Tisserand and Chris Rose kick things off with a discussion of New Orleans and New Orleanians post-Katrina. Rose celebrates the official publication of his book 1 Dead in the Attic. The Times-Picayune reporter self-publsished 60,000 copies before getting a publisher. It will be a tough call. Across the square Melinda Long will be reading from Pirates Don’t Change Diapers.
- 1:15: Do I skip lunch to see if someone dares to ask Robert Olen Butler about that train-wreck of an e-mail? I might. Karen Abbott, who I recently saw, will be reading at the same time.
- 2:00: Wren’s Nest Storytelling. Got to get my Brer Rabbit on.
- 2:30: I think that the Chuck Klosterman Q&A may be the most interesting thing on the Fest Agenda. Or not. I’ll be there to check.
- 3:45: Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch author Hollis Gillespie reads with Patti Callahan Henry. Peter Case plays at the same time. Decision time. My daughter and I spotted Gillespie at breakfast last week. I was going to whip out my phone and snap a picture for a quick Gawker Stalker-style post. I decided against it.
- 5:00: Way back when Wordsmiths Books was still theoretical, they hosted Brooklyn in Decatur, a group reading by writers with Brooklyn indie publishers. Aaron Petrovich gave one of the most impressive readings/performances I’ve ever seen. If my daughter and I have been able to make it to the end, we’ll see him again.
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