I started today totally pouting about not attending the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend (I wanted the damn tote bag, at least!). I had planned to go, it's just 3 hours south of me, but events involving irritating people kept me home.
So, we jumped in the car and headed up to Morro Bay and Cayucos for a little excursion. It was wonderful. Not as great as the Festival would have been, but I did discover a bookstore "Book Exchange" in Los Osos, which is unique in that it features tons of Henning Mankell and is owned by two cats. Yes, they own it but they do have a marvelous assistant, Joan, who helped me and the Mr. find some great books. I picked up Henning Mankell's The White Lioness, Missing by Karin Alvtegen, and The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo...all at great discounted prices. The Mr. found some Spanish titles he had been searching for. What was great was the mix of new and used books, stacked to the ceiling, in an environment I could have easily spent the day in.
Farmer's Market in Morro Bay was great and it was odd to discover that the woman selling amazing baked goods lived down our street, only eight houses away. We found blackberry-red pepper flavored vinegar, baked goods, and fresh fish. Heading home with that and stacks of books made for a nice day! No cute tote bag though....
On another note...back to the Scandinavian Reading Challenge. More entrants have made this really exciting. Would it bother anyone to let me know what country they are in? It would be neat to add a map of participants to show our worldwide devotion to Scandinvian writing...post a comment with your country in it if you have time! Regarding titles, keep in mind your choices DO NOT have to be crime, any genre is fine.
It's not Scandinavian, but I'm currently reading The Confessions of Noa Weber, winner of the best literary translation award for a novel. Hard to get into, but now I'm hooked.