In my defense, I've been out doing--rather than in writing about it. San Francisco has had back-to-back festivals: Litquake for literature and the Bay Area Science Festival for, uh, science. There was some overlap. And as literature and science are two of my favorite things, I've been running around a lot!
These two interests overlapped up in Marin County about a week ago--though not technically a part of either festival. Now, I don't like to schlep out to the suburbs too often. There has to be good reason, if you get my drift. Donna Tartt, who publishes a novel about once every decade--and who consequently tours about once a decade--was a darn good reason for a road trip. Book Passage was hosting an unusual daytime event, but I guess you take Donna Tartt when you can get her, right? Despite the weekday timing, the bookstore was packed. (Oh, and while Donna Tartt was plenty inducement on her own, I couldn't believe my luck when I saw that geneticist/legend J. Craig Venter was speaking at the store that night! Look for that footage tomorrow.)
I so enjoyed this rare opportunity to hear Ms. Tartt speak, and hope that you do as well. And I'd like to thank Book Passage for bringing her to the Bay Area. One great way to thank them is to eschew that lousy audiobook and order a signed first edition from Book Passage. I know they'd be delighted to ship one right out!