Readers, I have to admit that this post was composed in a bit of a hurry, as several members of the BookPage crew—including me—are about to hightail it to Little Rock for the Arkansas Literary Festival. We'll be interviewing Kyran Pittman about her memoir Planting Dandelions, interviewing some librarians and generally rubbing shoulders with a bunch of bookish folks. We couldn't be more excited! As such, my first link of the week is the Oxford American magazine's roundup of "sure bets" at the festival.
If you happen to be at the festival this weekend and you see a tall blonde with crazy-curly hair walking around . . . it might be me, so come say hello. Otherwise, I hope our adventures in festival-going inspire you to look up literary events in your town. Anyone doing anything book-related this weekend?
In other news, The Tournament of Books is officially over, and I was surprised by the results. I won't spoil the news for you, but read here if you're interested. I haven't yet read the winning book, but it definitely just moved up in my TBR.
We posted Tim Ferriss' trailer for The 4-Hour Body a while back, and I thought when I first saw the video that it was one of the most professionally produced, exciting book trailers I'd ever seen. Now I know why. In this fascinating behind-the-scenes post, Ferris explains how meticulous he was in the video's production . . . and how he spent $12,000 on getting it made.
Have you read any interesting blog posts or articles this week? Let us know in the comments.
Happy Friday! What are you reading this weekend?