After 2 weeks off, worked my regular shift at the bookstore yesterday. Then spent the evening at a work shindig (a despedida!) which was sort of exactly what you expect when bookstore types hang out after work - lots of shop talk and reminiscing about making our own libraries as kids (yes, every single one of us. neeeerds!) Though just to remind you that we're not just bookstore types, we're hip indie bookstore types, later that night found some of us getting kicked out of a club downtown for fighting. (Not to worry, miss responsible here stayed out of trouble. Just got lots of cred with the new coworkers for designated driving and chick-fighter restraining. I've been informed that in the future they "have my back." Sweet.)
In actual book news
Whoa Eat Pray Love flying off the shelves even more than usual and everyone and their mother raving about it. Ok, ok, I'll read it already.
We've had some returns of the Harry Potter books from the first shipment that were defective and fell apart. Good times. Oh, and JKR is writing a detective novel.
I randomly picked up Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations...One School at a Time and couldn't put it down, even though my attention span in between customers is usually limited to Entertainment Weekly.
Speaking of EW, I was flipping through their fall movie preview and there's all kinds of crazy things coming out. Mostly 23423547 adaptations.Golden Compass of course (anti-catholicism edited out, blah. and starring nicole kidman AND the latest bond and bond girl. geez.) Brad Pitt as Jesse James, a special effects happy Harry Potter ripoff disguised as a Dark is Rising adaptation, Jerry Seinfeld's bee movie (titled, um, Bee Movie), The Kite Runner is a movie, the Coen Brothers do No Country for Old Men, Beowulf stars Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett plays Bob Dylan (??), a roaring 20s football movie with George Clooney and Renee Zellweger, Tim Burton does Sweeney Todd with Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, and Sacha Baron Cohen. Etc. Man, I've seen, err, 3 movies in theaters this year, but I may have to pick up the pace a bit.
Met the author of Farewell to Manzanar (which I've only read excerpts of, must rectify that.) She's local and awfully sweet and funny - she had just come from The Bourne Supremacy at the theater next door and was chatting with us about how she likes to go to movies by herself because her husband will only see "erudite" films.
Speaking of which we have some KILLER author events coming up this fall. Tom Brokaw, and some celebrity chefs - Anthony Bourdain (the guy who wrote Kitchen Confidential and has that tv show where he eats crazy things), Mollie Katzen (You probably own one of her vegetarian cookbooks - Enchanted Broccoli Forest? Moosewood?)