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Buried In Print

I feel as though I was right there with you...except that I have no book to show for it. (Such a flourish on her signature: very nice!) I bet you'll be buying a new notebook to use for other similar events...

Danielle

It was fun--I hope there are more of these in the future! I imagine she must get a lot of practice signing her name--much more elegant than my handwriting has ever been! And, yes, I must learn to take notes next time--I was too caught up in her talk!

Jennie Fields

Danielle, I so enjoyed coming to Omaha for the first time, meeting all the wonderful people at the library, and answering the great questions from the audience. I only wish you'd told me that you're the writer of this blog! Do you know that I posted your blog entry about Omaha reads on my FB Author page? http://www.facebook.com/jennie.fields.author. Scroll down and you'll see it. And thank you for the lovely review! You see, I'm a fan of yours too!

Danielle

Hi Jennie--It was great meeting you and hearing more about your book. I was wondering where the FB mention came from (I think I am the only person who doesn't have an account, but I will look via my work account next week). OPL did a great job of organizing the event--it was nicely set up and attended--I'm so glad my reading of the book coincided with it as it made the reading experience so much richer. I'm looking forward to your next book. And many thanks for the kind words! :)

scriptorsenex

Having an author as a fan of your blog - can't be bad!!

Sounds like a super evening and the problem with taking notes is it can tend to distract a bit from really listening. A hard choice next time.

I have a Facebook page but never remember to go to it. There are so many other demands on one's time aren't there - and I don't even work nowadays.

You would have died for one of my grandmother's macaron (or macaroons as we called them). :-)

Regards,
John

Tiina

Seems it was a lovely meeting the author event. And now I'm very intrigued by this book! I've loved everything I've read by Wharton (which is not very much actually)and I do own a copy of Cynthia Griffin Wolff's acclaimed biography of Wharton. Just checked the index of it and did some browsing on the bits where Fullerton is mentioned. It seems the problems of her own life, even if disguised and altered for the purpose, found they way into both Ethan Frome and Summer.

Caroline

This sounds like you had such a great evening. I've only once been to a reading by an author and liked it a lot. I should do it more often.
I agree that the cover is very nice.
How wonderful to read Jennie's reactions to your blog. She sure is right. There is a lot to love here.

Kathy

What a lovely experience, and how awesome that she is a fan of your blog! I love little writerly connections like that.

Hearing about your experience makes me want to attend more author events (I've only attended a couple if my memory serves, both outstanding). We have a few author events around the Bay area every month, and I seem never to be able to get myself out of the house to attend the ones that sound interesting to me. I'll have to remedy that.

Fay

This summer I read Wharton's novella The Touchstone about a young man who sells his former lover's letters. This novel sounds like the perfect follow-up. And now I want a cookie.

Danielle

That was very nice indeed for her to visit! Yes, that is exactly the problem with note taking--I want to listen and not feel like I am in class! I can see why people--especially authors are part of FB--but like you I just don't have time--I can barely keep up with my emails (as you know how slow I am responding!). There are just too many ways to stay connected, but for me the blog is the best and most enjoyable way. I can say no to many types of sweets and indulgences (and I try very hard to say no to the vast majority of them), but I have to say I am a pushover for pretty cookies. Cookies in general are my downfall so I rarely buy them--these were quite a yummy treat!

Danielle

I really did enjoy it and hope to be able to go to more of them--Omaha is not generally a very big draw for authors but maybe my library is planning on doing more of them. I would love to read a bio of Edith Wharton sometime. I'm quite intrigued by this relationship she had with MF--he sounds like he was far too much of a playboy, but it must have given her some valuable life experience for her writing. I am very tempted to pick up one of her shorter works now--I have read both Ethan Frome and Summer, but they were more than 20 years ago and I remember nothing from either. Maybe I'll go dig out my copies!

Danielle

It was really nice of her to stop by--I'm always too in awe of authors to ask too many questions and was too shy to mention that I happen to blog, but it was just nice to listen and soak it all in. I hope next week's reading will be as good--it's only a pity that I won't have read the book before hand.

Danielle

It is fun feeling like you are part of the literary world! :) The actual one that is, not the virtual one. It's been too long since I have been to anything like this. Now I am going to make a point of keeping up on my library's events. I would love to live in a larger city that draws in more writers for speaking events. Let me know if you get to hear anyone exciting speak! :)

Danielle

That sounds really good and perfect as a companion read. I'll have to see if my library has it--or maybe it is online even. In the book she had just published The Fruit of the Tree, which I had never even heard of--I guess I am only familiar with her more famous books but should check out some of her other writings, too. I wish I had another macaron, too! :)

Margaret Powling

I confess to not having read any Edith Wharton, but even so this book appeals to me. I do have Wharton's book on interior decoration but none of her novels. Indeed, I attempted one once - and for the life of me I can't recall the title (about a spoilt young woman) and didn't care for it (was it The Custom of the Country, or something like that?) and have sent it to a charity shop, but there are others I can try and I have enjoyd some of the films of her books.
As for a pretty cover, like you I'm a sucker for one of those! Speaking of which, I am loving Charlotte Bett's latest, The Painter's Apprentice. Do put this on your List! And it has a very attractive cover, too!

Danielle

I don't think you would be missing anything by not having read any of her work in the case of Jennie Fields's book. The novel is much more about her personal life. She does mention of writing and the novels she was working on at the time-but the books mentioned aren't books I've read either. I think it is Undine Spragg that is the character you are talking about in Custom of the Country and I think she is not at all likable from what I've heard from other readers. You might like The Age of Innocence if you decide to give her a try some other time. The films made from her books are very lush and lovely, aren't they? I had to check out Charlotte Betts's book and yes, it sounds like something I would like. It's not yet released her (not until February I think), but I have added it to my wishlist. (I like the jacket design as well)!

LizF

Sounds like a good event and I am really glad that you got the well deserved confidence boost about your blogging!
Must get around to reading the Jennie Fields book that I have on my shelves!

I have copies of Ethan Frome and Summer somewhere....

Margaret Powling

You knew I would, didn't you? I've now ordered Jennie's book!
And yes, the films of EW novels are lush. I loved The Age of Innocence.

Danielle

I pulled out Ethan Frome, but now I am not sure when I will be able to properly start it! I have several other books I want to finish first--you know how that goes! It was really kind of the author to drop by and say such nice things. I am hoping to to to another signing later this week.

Danielle

Temptations! :) I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The author did a really great job of evoking Paris of the turn of the century--it makes me want to read more books set in Paris now, too. There was something very visual about the story.

LizF

It's the whole Belle Epoque thing isn't it really, it seems such a glamorous period for us now!
That is a gorgeous cover for the book though and I have been known to buy a book just for the cover!

Stefanie

It sounds like a wonderful event and evening capped off with macaroons! And how fun to hear about the genesis of the book too. I also find it interesting to hear about how an author got the idea for the book. I'll be going to see Michael Chabon at the library this Friday. Looking forward to that!

Danielle

I love this era--not to be shallow, but books about this period make for great costume dramas on the big (or even small) screen. The cover is quite enticing, isn't it?!

Danielle

How fun--I'd love to hear Michael Chabon speak. I only have read one of his books (the Kavalier and Clay one which I really liked). I hope my library has more of these sorts of events and I plan on going to the one this week.

Omaha Public Library

Danielle, we're so happy you attended this event!

All of us here at Omaha Public Library were smitten with Jennie Fields. She is lovely, and those of us who have read The Age of Desire loved it - we can't recommend it enough.

And those French macarons were mighty tasty, weren't they? The staff enjoyed a few of the leftovers (though there weren't many left).

Authors-wise, this has been a big month for Omaha and the Library. We hope the people of Omaha have come out to take advantage of these intimate meetings with great writers like C.J. Box, Shon Hopwood (last month). Francesca Segal, Andrea Cremer, and, of course, Jennie Fields.

We look forward to hopefully seeing you at Joslyn Castle Thursday - should be a nice event!

ErinLeeOBrien

Danielle:

I wish I had made it to this event! I will definitely check out Francesca Segal this Thursday - must take advantage of these author visits while we can! The first I had read about Francesca's book was in Vogue magazine several months ago.

And do you have an iPhone, or another phone that could record sound? Instead of worrying about writing during a reading or discussion, you could use your phone or a good old fashioned voice recorder. :)

Danielle

I really enjoyed this as well and was happy to see a nice group of people attending. Jennie was very nice and very gracious. I really enjoyed her book and am happy to recommend it to friends. I do plan on hearing Francesca Segal speak--I only wish I would have been able to read the book in advance, but I will buy a copy tomorrow night. You have had a good run of authors come speak--I do hope you might have more events like these planned--I am sure it takes a lot of work setting them up, but they are much appreciated by readers here locally! :) Thanks--and glad you guys got to partake of the treats, too.

Danielle

It was nicely planned and well attended--the first time I have heard an author speak at OPL. I'm looking forward to hearing Francesca Segal talk about her book now, too! I don't have an iphone, but will have to see if my cell phone has that capability--I hate to take notes when I just want to be able to listen. Hope you get to attend as well!

litlove

I don't often go to author events, but I always enjoy them when I do. And I feel for the authors so! You choose writing as a profession because you LIKE being alone in a room with a word processor and then the next thing you know you're stuck in a library or function room in front of a sea of strangers! I'm constantly amazed by what a good job they do in the alien environment and think they must be very brave.

Danielle

I can only imagine how difficult and overwhelming it must feel! Both women did wonderful jobs discussing their books and answering questions, however. I was quite impressed in both cases, but then I know Jennie's book was marvelous and I suspect Francesca's is going to be equally good.

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