First, my apologies for the crappy camera picture as I am in badly need of a new cell phone.
But you know I am a nerd when I’d pull out my cell phone to take a picture of an author I have read and admire.
Yes that really is Joyce Carol Oates! She and her husband, a neuroscientist, were seated at the table next to us at the 9th annual Berkeley Public Library Authors Dinner. This annual event, which took place this past Saturday, honors local authors and raises money for the library.
This year my husband and his book American Taliban were recognized at the event. There was a 13-year-old boy into politics who sat at our table and was so excited to meet Markos — it was very cute. “My future intern!” my husband exclaimed.
I was equally star-struck at the event. I remember devouring Oates’s book, Blonde, a 700-page turner about Marilyn Monroe, and am in awe to have learned that she has not only written numerous short stories, poems and periodicals, but 50+ novels. Wow! She was very humble and scoured her table and swag bag for a book for me. Of course, they went quickly!
I also met Raj Patel, a progressive activist and author who has appeared on the Colbert Report. His wife Mini and I traded our husbands’ books. They were such a fun and lovely couple.
Who else was at the event? Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who I have met on other occasions. Also, author Peter Schrag who wrote Not Fit For Society: Immigration and Nativism in America. (Good read!)
Let’s just say this is my idea of a good time. LOL!
So what’s on your night table right now? I am reading Jeannette Walls’s memoir The Glass Castle. It is intense and I can’t put it down! Which reminds me that I’ve been meaning to google her to see what she is working on now. Literary nerds unite!