My mother came down from Maine to join my sister Emily and me on the T ride to Copley to join in the festivities. We met my good friend Ezzy and began the morning by checking out the booths outside the Boston Public Library, then headed inside for our first session, "Steampunk"! I'm not really very knowledgeable about this genre, but the blurb in the program sounded interesting, so we grabbed 4 seats in the second row and got ready for some learnin'! The best quote from that panel of authors was that steampunk is "the future that never happened". I think that's the perfect way of describing it.
|and so it begins...|
After a quick lunch at Wendy's (we wanted something better, such as the bagel place down the street, but because of all the people it was too crowded), we ran back to the Library to make it to "Truth or Consequences"...but we were still too slow because we got stuck in the overflow room. Which was fine, except the camera was focused on the large BBF sign instead of the actual people who were speaking. And the moderator wasn't very good at tailoring her questions to cover the topic of truth and consequences. Suffice it to say, it wasn't my favorite part of the day. We actually left early, and went to stand in line for "Far Out Fiction" with Gregory Maguire.
|the man himself|
This session was fabulous. Along with Gregory, Karen Russell, Chuck Klosterman, and Kate Beaton shared excerpts from their stories (or comics, in the case of Kate) and all four of them were great behind the mike. We spent most of that hour and a half laughing. Highlights from the panel were Gregory's story of taking "Wicked" to Broadway (my theatre self definitely perked up there) and Kate's fun historical comics (and hello, historical self!). We left that church grinning.
|kneeler inside church|