Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Events

It is looking like a lot of authors are staying home to drink egg nog in the month of December.  Author visits in the Boston area are on the light side.  Don't fret!  I'll be coming your way with my annual 12 days of Books with lots of ideas for gifts this holiday season.  If I can get my act together I might start it early to include all the winter holidays and so you can get books in time for whatever day you plan on giving them.

Jessie and her finished product.

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!  My roomies are back and we celebrated with our own Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas tree decorating.  It is smelling mighty good in my apartment right about now!

December 6
Harvard Bookstore is having their Winter Warehouse sale! December 6 and 7, 10 am to 6 pm.  A perfect time to stock up on gifts!

December 7
Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked, will be at Porter Square Books promoting his new children's novel, Egg & Spoon, 5 pm

Zoë and R. W. Alley, author and illustrator of Enzo Races in the Rain present their new book, a collaboration with Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, at Wellesley Books, 2 pm

Friday, November 28, 2014

Back in Black Dance Friday

So here's a recap.  Yesterday I decided to revel in a solo Thanksgiving because it is my favorite thing to do.  Boston was my oyster and I chose to take a 3 hour walk through the chilly city and then settle in for an Audrey Hepburn marathon.  Soooooooo good.

Crossing the Charles River after my stroll
Dedications in front of benches and trees
on the Commonwealth Ave Mall

Even the Velveteen Rabbit made an appearance!

Now it is back to the regular old day off schedule.  I realized this morning it has been sometime since I posted a Dance Friday video. There was so much dancing in Funny Face, one of the movies I watched last night, that I thought clips from the movie would serve nicely as your inspiration on this Black Dance Friday.

One of the best scenes, in which Jo, Audrey's character, dances in a bohemian little cafe, was turned into a Gap commercial a few years back.  The song featured is Back in Black, and that goes along nicely with the fact that today is Black Friday. What I also like about the Gap folks turning this into a commercial is that you can see Audrey's dance moves a lot better than in the smokey joint in Paris in the movie.  However, nothing truly beats the real thing so if you want to see it, check out the link here.

Another of my favorite dance scenes in the movie is when Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson pretend to be a couple of beatniks to save Audrey from the likes of her beloved/notsobeloved professor.  Throwing this one in the Dance Friday mix as well.

Wanna hear something super cool?  Kay Thompson, who plays the glamorous magazine editor in this movie, is the author of the Eloise children's books!  Can you believe that!?  She was most famously known for writing these books but was also a vocal coach and choral arranger in Hollywood.  She was Judy Garland's vocal coach and subsequently became Liza Minelli's godmother.  It was Liza who is thought to have inspired the Eloise stories.  FOR REAL!!! 

 Have a great Dance Friday!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

My Thanksgiving

For many, Thanksgiving is about being with family, lots of food and laughter, and taking time to be grateful.  I love that we have a holiday in our country that celebrates all those things.

Can I tell you a secret, though? I love not celebrating Thanksgiving.  It first started on the day this blog got the name Alice, Ever After.  That year I was in Boston and didn't go home for Thanksgiving.  Instead, I had breakfast with some local friends and watched the Macy's Day parade. We brainstormed ideas for my future bookstore and the name Alice, Ever After was born.  Then I went back to my apartment and relaxed.  No turkeys, no stuffing. The following year, in LA, Nikolas got sick right before Thanksgiving and I decided not to leave him alone.  I cozied up in my apartment and read a whole lot of books.  The year after that I was determined to have a solo Thanksgiving and was ridiculously happy with the decision.

Last year, being back on the east coast and living with my sister, we knew we had to go home.  We braved a major winter storm to drive 8 hours back to Buffalo and the weekend was filled with all those Thanksgiving traditions - food, laughter, family.

This year, my sister and her boyfriend are with his family in Virginia.  This left me with a couple of possibilities but I will be honest, I pined for my solo Thanksgiving days of the past.  I told local family I would be joining them because they are just so damn lovely and I didn't want to hurt their feelings.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Events

Earlier this week the forecast said snow was in the works for the weekend.  Snow.  SNOW!!!??? Man I am not ready for that yet!  You know what I am ready for?  More great books and author events! November doesn't have a whole lot of events but they are big ones. 

Here's what's up for November!

November 2
Mo Willems will be at the Carle Museum!  It's sold out so unless you have a ticket (LIKE I DO!!) you can't go.  I'll let you know how it goes.

November 15
Did you miss the Madeline at 75 exhibit in NYC this summer?  Fear not!  The traveling exhibit will find its way into the Eric Carle museum.  Definitely worth every second.

November 16
Jeff Kinney, no joke, of Diary of a Wimpy Kid fame, will be at a ticketed event, limited to 800 people.  You must go to Brookline Booksmith, purchase a book, and that will get you up to 3 tickets.  Get em fast people!

November 21
Mockingjay Part I comes out!  Go see it!  See it with me!