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Booktopia General Discussions > Booktopia: Manchester VT, April 20-22, 2012

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message 301: by Linda (new)

Linda | 1660 comments Mod
Eric wrote: "Well, two of our author friends, Madeline Miller and Susan Cain, are featured in this week's New York Times Book Review. Susan Cain wrote a piece on prepping for her TED Talk, and "The Song of Achi..."

I read the review of The Song of Achilles but missed the piece by Cain (I only scanned the review).

Thanks for the heads-up.


message 302: by Bobbi (new)

Bobbi | 153 comments ATTENTION: To the person who contributed Case Histories to Manchester's Yankee Swap: Thank you! The quick read I did when I unwrapped the book led me to believe I'd probably enjoy it, so I didn't swap it. That initial impression was correct; I've just finished it, and really enjoyed it. I didn't recognize the author's name, but later I realized I'd read another one of her books in the Jackson Brodie series. There are two more books in that series, so I plan to spend some lazy summer days reading those by the pool, out on the deck, or on the beach. I wish I could remember your name but, whoever you are, thank you soooo much!


message 303: by Chris (new)

Chris | 178 comments Bobbi wrote: "ATTENTION: To the person who contributed Case Histories to Manchester's Yankee Swap: Thank you! The quick read I did when I unwrapped the book led me to believe I'd probably enjoy it, so I didn't s..."

That was me, Bobbi! I'm SO glad you liked it! :-)) You've made me very happy, lately my book recommendations have been less than stellar (I love them but it turns out they are duds for my friends!) so you've made me feel like I've still got it! ;-) PBS did at least one show on him last fall. I didn't catch it, but I'm hoping to catch it on Netflix soon. Again, thanks for the shout out! :-)


message 304: by Kats (new)

Kats (Kathinka) | 131 comments So, after three days of Booktopian Bliss in Vermont and eleven days of sight-seeing, shopping and socialising in New York City and New Jersey, my family and I touched down in Zurich around noon today, and lo and behold when we got home, the local post office had my parcel from the Northshire Bookstore already waiting for me!!! Hooray!! I couldn't have asked for a better homecoming gift, it's been like Christmas here this afternoon!

I fear, however, that the Northshire will put a small disclaimer on their "free delivery" policy for Booktopia 2013 after sending me my 16 books to Switzerland - it will probably be "Please note that we offer free delivery within the USA only" ; whilst I spent a fair amount of money in the shop, the postage cost them in excess of $70, so I think I wasn't quite the customer they had in mind. Ooops.

Ironically, I have hardly read a thing since leaving Manchester, VT. Booktopia gave me "reader's block". :-)
Actually, it's probably more to do with dawn to dusk action in NYC and spending the week-end at our friends' house in NJ, but as soon as we're back into our nice, dull, Swiss routine here, I will tuck into my lovely new books.....

Thanks again to everyone, especially Ann & Michael, for such a wonderful, memorable week-end. I so hope I will be able to join you again in the future!


message 305: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jentwist) | 109 comments Chris wrote: "Bobbi wrote: "ATTENTION: To the person who contributed Case Histories to Manchester's Yankee Swap: Thank you! The quick read I did when I unwrapped the book led me to believe I'd probably enjoy it,..."

I watched the TV versions of Case Histories on PBS and they were a very good adaptation of the books (which I love). Definitely recommend.


message 306: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jentwist) | 109 comments Kats wrote: "So, after three days of Booktopian Bliss in Vermont and eleven days of sight-seeing, shopping and socialising in New York City and New Jersey, my family and I touched down in Zurich around noon tod..."

Glad to see that you had a great trip to NY & NJ. Kats. What a nice treat to come home to - a box of books! I just read DEFENDING JACOB and loved it. If it's in your stack, I recommend it as a way to get back into post vacation reading. And I hope we will see you at Booktopia again soon!!


message 307: by Bobbi (new)

Bobbi | 153 comments Kats wrote: "So, after three days of Booktopian Bliss in Vermont and eleven days of sight-seeing, shopping and socialising in New York City and New Jersey, my family and I touched down in Zurich around noon tod..."

Wow . . . Your books have already arrived in Switzerland, and mine aren't here yet in South Carolina! :( Oh, well, it just gives me something to look forward to each day. Sounds like you had a wonderful, exhausting trip; I was so tired after the weekend in Manchester, I can't imagine another eleven days tacked onto the end of it . . . Whew!


message 308: by Kats (new)

Kats (Kathinka) | 131 comments Bobbi wrote: "Sounds like you had a wonderful, exhausting trip; I was so tired after the weekend in Manchester, I can't imagine another eleven days tacked onto the end of it . . . Whew! "

Exhausting it was.... but so much fun! It was our first visit to NYC (and to the States in general). We've been worried about the jet-lag effect, especially on the kids (they're grumpy little buggers at the best of times!), but they went to bed at 8:30 pm last night (Swiss time), and I had to wake them up at 10 am this morning.... over 13 hours' sleep. I think they've caught up! :-)

Hope your Northshire delivery arrives soon - it's so wonderful getting parcels, but especially when they contain BOOKS! Yay!


message 309: by Linda (new)

Linda | 1660 comments Mod
Bobbi wrote: "ATTENTION: To the person who contributed Case Histories to Manchester's Yankee Swap: Thank you! The quick read I did when I unwrapped the book led me to believe I'd probably enjoy it, so I didn't s..."

What a nice idea to comment about the book you'd received in the Yankee Swap. Hope your books arrive soon. Mine were here in Ohio by the middle of the week after that weekend. Fortunately, Husband never asked about the box or what was in side.

Kats wrote: "So, after three days of Booktopian Bliss in Vermont and eleven days of sight-seeing, shopping and socialising in New York City and New Jersey, my family and I touched down in Zurich around noon tod..."

Glad your family enjoyed your trip to the states, Kat. Hope to see you next year or soon.

I've just finished our library book sale (except for the clean-up). Because of the sale, I've hardly read anything - I still have 100 pages to finish on the book I had in Vermont and started the newest Mary Higgins Clark three days ago and have only gotten to page 10!

I'm planning to spend as much time in the library, but reading. Instead of preparing for a book sale, I hope to be preparing for a Booktopia - Oxford. (And getting to the rest of the Vermont books).


message 310: by Ann (new)

Ann (akingman) | 2055 comments Mod
Bobbi, give Northshire a call to see if they still have your books. This isn't sounding typical... you should have them by now.


message 311: by Eric (new)

Eric Kibler | 1017 comments Amy-Anne got one of the books she ordered (that wasn't in stock on Booktopia weekend). The other is being shipped from the UK, and understandably hasn't arrived yet.


message 312: by Joanne (new)

Joanne in Canada (inkling_jo) | 213 comments Re Yankee swap book: I was hoping to hang onto Swamplandia! but got an Anne Tyler book instead. Not a favourite author of mine, but a friend in my book club collects this author's works, so she was happy to get it. I am suggesting that our club do a Yankee swap at our July social, though we may rename it. Maybe a Canuck swap? *v*


message 313: by Callie (new)

Callie (calliekl) | 644 comments I just received another very important package from Booktopia- my new Inn at Manchester sheets! They were on back-order when I talked to Julie that Sunday, so I ordered a set and somehow completely forgot about it. Then, this past Friday I had a package delivered, and it was like Christmas! I have to say, I think a package full of books is only a little better than a package of super fabulous bedding! :)


message 314: by Janet (new)

Janet (JustJanet) | 613 comments So for those who attended Booktopia Vermont in both 2011 and 2012, how did the experiences compare? I heard so much hype after the first one and that is what caused me to want to join this group. If anyone has comments they don't want to share with the whole group, please message me.


message 315: by Earle (new)

Earle | 2 comments Janet wrote: "So for those who attended Booktopia Vermont in both 2011 and 2012, how did the experiences compare? I heard so much hype after the first one and that is what caused me to want to join this group. ..."

Booktopia Manchester Vermont 2011 and 2012 – For the record no hype just a wonderful reality, both were wonderful! I loved the eclectic group of authors and so very much enjoyed the time with authors and readers at formal and informal gatherings. It was so much fun to be in a place filled with lovers of books and the written word. Everyone made this event so special. It is always hard to leave our utopian - Booktopia world. I always have withdrawal symptoms – missing all the wonderful conversations and magical moments.


message 316: by Marly (new)

Marly | 148 comments Callie I also ordered the sheets and mine arrived just as yours did - unexpectedly on Friday. What a great surprise, they are wonderful sheets. As a few of us commented on at breakfast, everything is better in Vermont, the sheets are softer, the pancakes are yummier, and on and on.


message 317: by Linda (new)

Linda | 1660 comments Mod
Callie wrote: "I just received another very important package from Booktopia- my new Inn at Manchester sheets! They were on back-order when I talked to Julie that Sunday, so I ordered a set and somehow completely..."

Envy, envy, envy!


message 318: by Linda (new)

Linda | 1660 comments Mod
Janet wrote: "So for those who attended Booktopia Vermont in both 2011 and 2012, how did the experiences compare? I heard so much hype after the first one and that is what caused me to want to join this group. ..."

This year I felt that I got to concentrate on people more since I knew what was going to happen, where it was going to happen, etc.

Friday afternoon someone was checking in to the Inn and we greeted each other as old friends with the highly excited, "Hiii!" and hugs. But as I hugged her I said, "I remember your face, but not your name."

Now I know it was Jennifer. I don't think I'll forget Callie, Joanne, Earle, Chris, Cherylann, Bill, Eric, Amy-Ann, Bobbi, (I'm going to quit while I'm ahead) and so many more. Now I can put faces to names and commenters on GoodReads.

This year was a reunion after our previous year of schooling.


message 319: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jentwist) | 109 comments It WAS like a reunion, Linda! It really felt like reconnecting with old friends. And I love being able to stay connected online in between Booktopias.

Linda - am I right that I'll see you again at Oxford in June?


message 320: by Linda (new)

Linda | 1660 comments Mod
Jennifer wrote: "It WAS like a reunion, Linda! It really felt like reconnecting with old friends. And I love being able to stay connected online in between Booktopias.

Linda - am I right that I'll see you agai..."


Yes, ma'am!


message 321: by Chris (new)

Chris | 178 comments Janet wrote: "So for those who attended Booktopia Vermont in both 2011 and 2012, how did the experiences compare? I heard so much hype after the first one and that is what caused me to want to join this group. ..."

Janet, I wouldn't call it "hype" following last year's Booktopia, more excitement. Excitement over meeting everyone, meeting authors, meeting our own rock stars, Ann and Michael! This year it was a reunion, meeting up with old friends and making new friends. It was old home week. I can't say enough about the experience.


message 322: by Chris (new)

Chris | 178 comments Callie wrote: "I just received another very important package from Booktopia- my new Inn at Manchester sheets! They were on back-order when I talked to Julie that Sunday, so I ordered a set and somehow completely..."

So next year, along with my book money, I'm thinking I need to order myself a set of those sheets, too! :-))


message 323: by Ann (new)

Ann (akingman) | 2055 comments Mod
I'm heading back to the Inn at Manchester in a few hours ... I'm going to need to lock up my credit card so I don't order a set of sheets!


message 324: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 43 comments Janet wrote: "So for those who attended Booktopia Vermont in both 2011 and 2012, how did the experiences compare? I heard so much hype after the first one and that is what caused me to want to join this group. ..."

I think I loved it even more this year than the last. Looking at what other people said knowing how things worked, and people, made it an even more enjoyable experience. The authors were all wonderful and it's always a treat to talk to Ann and Michael in person. If you get the chance next year you MUST go!


message 325: by Janet (new)

Janet (JustJanet) | 613 comments I'm going to Santa Cruz. Hopefully it will be equally amazing. Thanks everyone for your critiques.


message 326: by Kats (new)

Kats (Kathinka) | 131 comments On a COMPLETELY UNRELATED note (sorry, I am just trying to reach as many people as possible, especially Americans), please have a look at this trailer for a documentary that a Swiss-American film team is putting together for US television. As I met most of the people at Booktopia Vermont, at least this is not entirely anonymous spamming, and you can reprimand me personally! :-)

I think the New Hampshire based team is running out of money and they are trying to raise a few thousand dollars to cover their final production costs, so if you have a few dollars to spare and would like to see the completed documentary on US TV in September, you may want to forfeit the next hardback purchase and donate $25 here. :-)

http://www.indiegogo.com/schoolsoutfilm

The documentary is actually being filmed in a Swiss forest school (which my feral five-year-old attends - he can be seen in his red jacket from time to time, e.g. at 2:20) and is meant to propagate the idea of outdoor schooling in the US (perhaps Manchester, VT would be the place to start this kind of Kindergarden!).

Anyway, you might find it interesting / shocking (Europeans have a slightly different attitude to safety standards in schools as you can see....), and sorry again to spam the group with a totally non-book post. Won't happen again!


message 327: by Kats (new)

Kats (Kathinka) | 131 comments Kats wrote: "I think the New Hampshire based team is running out of money and they are trying to raise a few thousand dollars to cover their final production costs t..."

SORRY - they are based in Connecticut! Probably as bad as confusing Spain and Portugal over here! I'm useless...


message 328: by Eric (new)

Eric Kibler | 1017 comments My wife is principal of a Montessori school and I know she'd be very sympatico with outdoor education. We use it a lot at our school, which is surrounded with acres of woods.


message 329: by Marly (new)

Marly | 148 comments It sounds heavenly. I would have loved a school like that. Im looking forward to watching it later.


message 330: by Kats (new)

Kats (Kathinka) | 131 comments Eric wrote: "My wife is principal of a Montessori school and I know she'd be very sympatico with outdoor education. We use it a lot at our school, which is surrounded with acres of woods."

Sounds like the perfect set-up, Eric. We have Montessori schools in Switzerland, too, but they are all private and therefore quite expensive (min. $2'000 / month per child).
This KG you see in the film trailer is a state school and therefore doesn't cost anything to attend. 2 teachers for 20 kids which is not a bad ratio for a state school (normally it's 1:20).
The main struggle the kids have later with moving to a normal, indoor school for grade 1 is to cope with the noise levels (indoors), and the infections (passed through door handles etc). At least that was our experience with our older son and his friends a couple of years ago.


message 331: by Linda (new)

Linda | 1660 comments Mod
Kats wrote: "On a COMPLETELY UNRELATED note (sorry, I am just trying to reach as many people as possible, especially Americans), please have a look at this trailer for a documentary that a Swiss-American film t..."

Once we know and love you can you actually spam the group?


message 332: by Eric (new)

Eric Kibler | 1017 comments Spam, spam, spam, spam, eggs, and spam.


message 333: by Ann (new)

Ann (akingman) | 2055 comments Mod
Not spam if we love you. Honestly. Of course, that's a tricky line to walk, but I do love Kats, so it's definitely not spam.

Linda, spam us with your writing. Please. More should read it.

Funny, some may say BOTNS is spam since Michael and I work for a pulisher...


message 334: by Linda (new)

Linda | 1660 comments Mod
Ann wrote: "Not spam if we love you. Honestly. Of course, that's a tricky line to walk, but I do love Kats, so it's definitely not spam.

Linda, spam us with your writing. Please. More should read it.

Funny,..."


Gosh, Ann...

I'm blogging on wordpress.com. I think you can find it thru my handle tcheer4life.
I wrote every night after Vermont's Booktopia, but the library book sale got in the way last week (rather exhaustion got in the way). Do you want me to start a thread and put the newest link in there?

Guide me, please.


message 336: by Callie (new)

Callie (calliekl) | 644 comments Congratulations to Madeleine Miller, winner of the Orange Prize! Couldn't have happened to a sweeter person!


message 337: by Joanne (new)

Joanne in Canada (inkling_jo) | 213 comments Woo hoo! And we knew her when...


message 338: by Eric (new)

Eric Kibler | 1017 comments I really enjoyed meeting her and her fiancé. Good people.


message 339: by Linda (new)

Linda | 1660 comments Mod
Ditto, ditto, ditto.


message 340: by Vera (new)

Vera (bvvcpa) | 58 comments Oh my gosh! Congrats to Madeline Miller on Song of Achilles winning the Orange Prize! I so enjoyed listening to her talk about her book and chatting with her afterward. So happy for her! We were so fortunate to have her at Booktopia!


message 341: by Ann (new)

Ann (akingman) | 2055 comments Mod
So, uh, not that we're keeping track, but since they were confirmed as Booktopia authors, we now have an Agatha Award winner (Sara Henry), an Orange Prize winner (Madeline Miller) and a National Book Award winner (Jesmyn Ward).

I'm pretty pleased with our choices this year :)

Which of our Booktopia authors will be next?


message 342: by Vera (new)

Vera (bvvcpa) | 58 comments Wow Ann! You and Michael can really pick 'em! Can you pick some lottery numbers for me???!


message 343: by Linda (new)

Linda | 1660 comments Mod
Vera wrote: "Wow Ann! You and Michael can really pick 'em! Can you pick some lottery numbers for me???!"

Like


message 344: by Carol (last edited Jun 17, 2012 12:21PM) (new)

Carol (CKubala) | 296 comments My sincere thanks to Anne, Michael and Alfred Knopf Publishers for the ARE's of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. The book goes on sale October 2012 and I will be talking it up to everyone I know. For those of us who love books and reading, for anyone who has experienced parental loss,or for anyone just looking for an inspiring read this is a must. I'll write a review but I doubt I will do it the justice it deserves.


message 345: by Lil (new)

Lil | 216 comments Wanted to mention that Audible.com has a sale right now and Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed is on sale for $5 for members. The audio version got great reviews.


message 346: by Lil (new)

Lil | 216 comments Carol wrote: "My sincere thanks to Anne, Michael and Alfred Knopf Publishers for the ARE's of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. The book goes on sale October 2012 and I will be talking it up to ev..."

Agree with Carol...this book blew me away. I will be gifting it and re-reading it myself multiple times.


message 347: by Ann (new)

Ann (akingman) | 2055 comments Mod
Lil wrote: "Carol wrote: "My sincere thanks to Anne, Michael and Alfred Knopf Publishers for the ARE's of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. The book goes on sale October 2012 and I will be talki..."

Thanks, Lil, Carol, and everyone. Special thanks to those of you who wrote Goodreads reviews and mentioned BOTNS or Booktopia. I saw Will Schwalbe at Book Expo last month and he was so grateful to all of you. He didn't know that we were giving the galley out, and didn't know what Booktopia was, until he saw all of your comments and reviews. He then looked into Booktopia and even orders a copy of LIVING IN BOOKTOPIA from Northshire!


message 348: by Chris (new)

Chris | 178 comments Ann wrote: "Lil wrote: "Carol wrote: "My sincere thanks to Anne, Michael and Alfred Knopf Publishers for the ARE's of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. The book goes on sale October 2012 and I w..."

A possible author for next year?! :-))


message 349: by Bobbi (new)

Bobbi | 153 comments Ann wrote: "Lil wrote: "Carol wrote: "My sincere thanks to Anne, Michael and Alfred Knopf Publishers for the ARE's of The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. The book goes on sale October 2012 and I w..."

I also met Will Schwalbe at Book Expo; I had the pleasure of sitting next to him at a "speed-dating authors" luncheon. He's a delightful man and was very gracious to all of us seated at the table. I haven't had a chance to read his book yet, but it's at the top of my TBR pile!


message 350: by Ann (new)

Ann (akingman) | 2055 comments Mod
A little follow-up, if anyone still follows this thread.

You all know how I gushed over Madeline Miller at Booktopia and wished that she could teach my kids.

Well, today my 10 y.o. daughter Ellie is going to have her first Latin lesson with Ms. Miller. Yes, Madeline is going to be tutoring Ellie in Latin (and then maybe Greek down the road)!

Ellie is very excited, but I think I might be even more so.


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