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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Writers at a Soirée

In The Uncommon Reader, once the Queen gets involved in her new pastime of reading, she decides she would like to meet some of the authors she has read. At her request, her staff sets up a reception that her chief reading advisor, Norman, insists on calling a “soiree.”

The evening does not go as planned as the writers seemed “loud, gossipy and, though they laughed a great deal, not particularly funny” (p. 50). After ineffective attempts to express her admiration for their work, she concluded “authors … were probably best met with in the pages of their novels, and as much creatures of the reader’s imagination as the characters in their books.”

Do you think this is true? Have you been to readings or met authors face-to-face? Did they meet your expectations? Share your experience.

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