This is the week I have been waiting for! Yeah, BEA was last week and it looks like it was a lot of fun, but this weekend a lucky select few of us will be in Oxford, Mississippi for BOOKTOPIA!
The festivities don’t begin until Friday but I will be leaving on Wednesday evening (with Lisa from Bluestalking) and heading to Memphis, Tennessee by train, then we’ll pick up a car and drive the 75 or so miles to Oxford. We will probably do some touristy things on the way, either in Memphis or further into Mississippi in Jackson (there’s a walking tour of sites from The Help I found online) but we’re playing it by ear.
So today I will start pre-packing. Booktopia is a casual thing, and the weather promises to be hot and humid, so it’s easy to decide on what clothes to bring. I’m even bringing workout clothes to keep up with my running training. The biggest issue for me will be to decide which books to take along.
I’m currently reading two books in anticipation of Booktopia: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier; and those will come with me because I’m pretty sure I won’t have GWTW finished before I leave and I’m going to have The Illumination signed. I am also bringing my copies of Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward and Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin to be signed. Aside from my nook, I don’t think I’ll be bringing any more books to read since I’ll be picking up a few at Square Books in Oxford.
However I must decide on a book to bring for the Yankee Swap, a sort-of book exchange. I have literally hundreds of books to choose from on my shelf. I want to select I book that I enjoyed, but in some cases I am not sure I want to sacrifice my copy even if I will be getting a new book (new to me) in return. Decisions, decisions.
Anyways I’m so excited for this trip, especially since it’s now only days away. Of course Booktopia is the main highlight; but I’m also looking forward to visiting Mississippi as I have never been to the “Deep South” and I think it will be a fun and informative experience. Books and travel — two of my favorite things!