Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Someone once told me he used to go to book launches for the sole purpose of scoring free food and wine. He was a student at the time, which made it excusable…almost. Not me, no siree. I go to book launches because there’s something exciting about being inside a bookshop after dark. And also because, when it comes to such solitary activities as reading, it’s pleasant to spend a night with fellow book-lovers. The social aspect (or lack thereof) of reading is not a new topic. The book blog, Just One More Page, hosted a meme on reading as a social or solitary activity late last year. Discussion from the many participatory bloggers revealed that, while in some cases, readers have found a way to reach out to each other in the non-virtual, real-life world through book clubs and the like, there are still many who are frustrated by the lack of face-to-face contact readers have with each other.
Now to the launch. (more…)