Burlington Book Festival 2010

August 29th, 2010

On September 25, 1513, Vasco Nunez de Balboa became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean.   Now, only 497 years later, I will be appearing at the Burlington Book Festival, together with novelists Marc Estrin and Deborah Noyes, on a panel called “On the Shoulders of the Classics.”   Marc’s Insect Dreams: The Half Life of Gregor Samsa carries the hero of Kafka’s Metamorphosis through the New Deal, World War II and the dawn of the atomic era, and includes a detailed description of Charles Ives’ greatest (albeit unwritten) work.   Deborah Noyes’ Angel and Apostle follows Hester Prynne and her daughter, Pearl beyond the imaginings of Nathaniel Hawthorne.   If you don’t know what my To Join the Lost is about, go directly to the “Buy To Join the Lost” button on my home page and, well, buy To Join the Lost.   We’ll be at the Pickering Room in Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, talking with each other and you about what it’s like to give the kiss of life to cultural icons.

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