Attended the biggest outdoor book bash in Canada yesterday! What's that, you may be wondering - it's " The Word On The Street Book & Magazine Fair." which takes place annually just as the trees are starting to paint themselves in glorious shades of colour from the earth's palette in order to welcome the fall.
The highlight of the festival (for me) was being able to witness the first Transatlantic book-signing using "Long Pen", the machine devised by Margaret Atwood, which allows writers to sign books from virtually anywhere in the world! In this instance, she was in the Waterstones Bookstore, Edinburgh where she read from her new book "Moral Disorder" and then proceeded to sign books for fans. I like reading the grande dame of Canlit, but not enough to buy her book at $32 - I'll pick up a copy when I see it in soft cover. Other authors also using Long Pen at the festival were Kate Mosse of "The Labyrinth" fame and Thomas Cahill (although I am not sure of Thomas Cahill because I didn't stick around for his reading).
Please do check out Cereal Girl's blog - she's done some fantastic posts on the "Word On The Street" event with great video clips, mini-interviews and so on, she also has terrific posts on other things Canadian - it's well worth a visit, go now!
Read more about the Long Pen signing here and also check out Photo Junkie's
remarkable picture blog with Margaret Atwood at work with the Long Pen, here.