I didn’t go to any sessions, seminars, presentations, panels--whatever you call them. So if that's what you want to hear about, you’ll have to ask someone else. I spent the entire time at the bookfair--at our table or looking at other tables. Dennis went to a reading by
Bookfair (and Books I Bought)
The bookfair was pretty solid. Last year, the convention center in
I spent more money buying books than buying booze this year. That's obviously not true, but you get the idea. Books I bought:
- Bone Pagoda by Susan Tichy (Ahsahta Press)
- Reliquaries by Eric Pankey (Ausable Press)
- Talk Shows by Monica de la Torre (Switchback Books)
- A bunch of chapbooks (Ocutpus Books)
I've read about half of Bone Pagoda so far. Susan was a teacher of ours at George Mason U, so I've been looking forward to her book coming out. Eric also was a teacher of ours, so that's another one I'm looking forward to reading.
I'm really interested in Talk Shows, because I'm excited about Switchback Books. When we met Brandi Homan in
The last thing I wanted to buy before I left was a chapbook by Jen and co-author Erika Howsare published by Octupus Books. I went to their table to buy it and came away with eight chapbooks instead. They all looked so good that I had to have them. Something I noticed at AWP (let’s call it a trend) is that a lot of people bought chapbooks. We had some of horse less press’ chapbooks on our table, and a few of Ivy’s and one of Jason’s—people were consistently drawn to them. I started seeing them everywhere. It made me wonder whether we should have been a chapbook publisher :)
More to come...
More to come...