Presuming I have no scheduling conflicts, next year will be my tenth year of attending the National Book Festival. One of the side-effects of attending the Festival is that I add new books to my to-read list. Like all additions to this list, sometimes it takes me a while to get around to reading them. Enter list-making fun! I decided to make a list of books to read before the next National Book Festival, one book from each year I attended, more or less. Each book has to be by an author I saw at the Festival, and must be either the book that the author was promoting at the time, or a book that was published prior to that year of the Festival.
Without further ado, here is the list:
2013: Taylor Branch – Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63
2012: Nalo Hopkinson – Skin Folk and/or Raina Telgemeier‘s Smile.
2011: Isabel Wilkerson – The Warmth of Other Suns and/or Sarah Vowell‘s Unfamiliar Fishes, and/or Siddhartha Mukherjee‘s The Emperor of Maladies.
2010: Olga Grushin – The Dream Life of Sukhanov or Anchee Min‘s The Last Empress or Timothy Egan‘s The Big Burn.
2009: re-read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (this happened to be a year where I had already read books by the authors I went to see). Walls’ book is one of my favorite memoirs and she gave one of my favorite Festival talks.
2008: Immaculee Ilibagiza – Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
2007: Actually, I’m going to skip doing this year. Looking over the books by the authors I saw that year, I am not interested in reading or re-reading any of them. Sorry, authors from 2007!
2005: Nevada Barr – Endangered Species (Anna Pigeon #5). I was really into this series at one point in time – this will be a great reason to return to it and see if my tastes still run the same.
2004: Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason – The Rule of Four. My friend who has also gone to the Festival with me every time enjoyed this book.
Going through the older programs, it’s a little painful to realize some of the authors I missed simply because I didn’t know who they were at the time, namely Connie Willis. There were also big-name authors who I still haven’t read but would have been entertaining to see: George R.R. Martin, Diana Gabaldon, Terry Pratchett. Certainly being part of the book blogosphere has made me much more aware of authors. I scan over the author lists and bibliographies with a lot more familiarity now.
Have you read any of the books in my list?