The second hand bookshop on Devonport Wharf had a couple of shelves of Frances Parkinson Keyes books - I've never seen so many at once since the days when my grandmother had an immense collection. For nostalgia's sake I purchased two.
However that day has not yet come so I am required to limit my ticket purchases and this year went to hear Camilla Lackberg and Alexander McCall Smith.
If equal affection cannot be
Let the more loving one be me.
Love made him weep his pints
Like you and me.
Watch out "Hard To Find Bookshop" I am coming and I expect you to have an anthology of Auden verse.
The convenor for the "Hour With Camilla Lackberg" was Jonathan Krebs, president of the NZ Law Society and well prepared he was too. His obvious experience at
Not being a 'Large Plan and Post-it' type, she is however obsessed with maintaining 5-10 pages of writing per day. She writes logically from the first page to the last, trying to maintain the progression that would happen in a real police investigation. And the final question was "do you prefer Kindle or a real book". Her reply - "anything that sells but personally I like turning the pages of a real book".
And a final item of trivia. Sitting in an audience at these functions one notices satorial aspects of both writers and convenors. Camilla had zebra print trousers and loads of bracelets and gladiator style skyscraper high sandals. Two years ago I remember being fascinated with Peter James' red silk socks. Well, Jonathan Krebs wins this year's Satorial Contest for his paisley shirt, dark suit and grey and black striped socks. Alexander's pink shirt shouldn't rate a mention.
So what did I learn from my day out?
- I don't like wandering around the city in the cold on my own (you are a NZ'er, wear merino girl!)
- I don't like super-convenient semi-intelligent transport tickets (get with it Margaret, this is the 21st century!)
- Second hand bookshops can absorb time very rapidly (you don't have to read it you can buy it!)
- I like Writers Festivals and two sessions are not enough (Broaden your horizon's next year book three!)
- I need a pair of grey and black striped socks like Jonathan's (well, in the winter I wear basic black daily!)