For being the end of August, I will be very busy book-wise and for Katrina-versary.
Yes, it will be 3 years on Friday, since the levees drowned 80% of the homes in New Orleans and almost 100% of the homes in both St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes (we don't have counties in Louisiana). I am lucky that I still live in the 20% that didn't flood but I drive through the flooded areas (due to the miscalculations of the Corpses of Engineers and their contractors) on my way to work everyday.
I will pray (at home) for a family friend who drowned in her Gentilly home. I wish I could go to church, but I am angry at the Archdiocese of New Orleans right now. They have decided to close some churches that didn't get damaged. The old people are very sad and mad. My goodness, the oldsters have been through enough already; why close their houses of worship?
On Saturday, I will have a table at the New Orleans' Institute : New Orleans Speaks: We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For conference. It should be a positive conference.
I will represent both my website: NOLA Bookshops and One Book, One New Orleans (OBONO) and its selection, The City of Refuge by Tom Piazza.
I need to come up with some sort of little poster for my table. I am not strong in the design portion of things, but I am happy to learn something new.
In September and October, I will be participating in creating a discussion guide for OBONO and leading some discussion groups. I will be going to flooded neighborhoods that I haven't visited yet in New Orleans East and maybe the Lower 9th Ward. I am also co-organizing a conference tentatively called "Why St. Bernard Matters," to showcase the survival and revival of this area.
I am going to finish both the Russian Reading Challenge and the It's the End of the World as We Know it Challenge this week. Look for my reviews. I am still missing one book for What's in a Name and two books for Chunkster Challenge.
This fall promises to be very literary; two important festivals and two BIG READS events!(See word-ly events.)
And my book group will have Book Nomination Night in November. I have about 4 books to recommend. I can't wait to see what the other members, especially the new ones bring to the table.
I won a book from Reading Matters and received a new free book from Random House. I am currently reading a book that Random House sent me in 2006 that I just couldn't get in the mood to start until now. I love reading free books.
Well, there is a depression near the Gulf of Mexico right now. I haven't packed my books for evacuation reads and I hope that I don't have to.