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Susanna Clarke Reads Tonight and Tomorrow

Susanna Clarke, author of “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell”, is reading tonight at 7 pm at the Bellevue Regional Library (Room #5) and tomorrow at Elliott Bay in Seattle. According to the library blurb:
This debut work of fiction has been hailed as a cross between Jane Austen and J.K. Rowling. Called “one of the finest fantasies ever written” by Kirkus, the story involves two rival magicians who save England from Napoleon. With a backdrop of the Regency era, but filled with magic that really works, Clarke has crafted an epic story with intriguing characters who come to life on the page. The program will be followed by a book signing.
The buzz has been pretty intense about this one. Anyone want to go check it out with me tonight or tomorrow?

UPDATE: scarlettina and I did check it out; the reading went smoothly and was well attended with roughly 200 people present. I was surprised by how many of the folks there were familiar as well, including evego. Chris, and the dapper Mr. Archer (he of the enviable BEA half-black, half-white edition of the book). Apparently the hardcover book itself is available in a black cover and a rather rarer white cover; they were selling both at the the signing, of course. The second and future printings will all be black cover, making some fans speculate that the white covers would fetch a pretty price on eBay.

Somehow, it was soothing to learn that Ms. Clarke spent the better part of 10 years writing the book.

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scarlettina
Sep. 29th, 2004 12:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'd like to go, depending upon the time. What's tonight's schedule and do we need tickets of any kind?
the_monkey_king
Sep. 29th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
The reading starts at 7; the rooms at Bellevue regional are moderately big, but it wouldn't hurt to get there early.

No tickets are required.
frabjousdave
Sep. 29th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
While it turns out I'll be staying one more night in Seattle, I won't spoil the charm of last night's Last Hurrah by showing up.
scarlettina
Sep. 29th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
YOu'd be more than welcome, Dave. And no kissing would be required, either. ::grin::
brainstormfront
Sep. 29th, 2004 10:43 pm (UTC)
Damn.

Wish I had the energy to attend....or the gas....or the money for the book.... Curse this semi-self-inflicted subconscious need to live out a life of the tortured/starving artist in order to consider oneself a writer! ;)

Suppose I could have just summed it up as: Sounds like you had fun. Bah humbug that I can't attend tomorrow in Elliott Bay.

That reminds me to put the book on my wish list at Amazon as a reminder, just in case I win 100 million on Friday. ;)

SES
who now undergoes a moratorium of 48 hours without internet or email to get back on writing instead of errands or other distractions
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