And I'm going to buy one while I'm out today.
Wish I'd posted this pre-Christmas but hey, isn't there that one bookish friend you haven't exchanged gifts with yet? Or the tradition of New Year's Eve gifts I think we should all start?
I thought so.
I don't keep very good track of all the book and literary-related articles I read through the year, nor the videos I watch, either. Maybe that would be a good 2012 resolution, since by the end of the year I've ingested so much great stuff I wish I could share the best of the best of it with you all. It's a busy, hectic, over-informed world out there; we're all bound to have missed some outrageously good stuff when we're off doing other things.
What I've collected here is no reflection on my 2011 book-related reading. I'm at a loss as to how to go about finding it all again. I suppose I can't, though, without trolling through my "history" on all the computers I've used.
Quick answer: That isn't going to happen.
So, alas and alack, a mere shadow of highlights from the literary world in 2011 is the best I can do. Hope you enjoy these bits.
One of my fave YouTube videos of 2011, from World Book Day:
Edinburgh International Book Festival, "The Book I Bought Today:"
Favorite laugh-out-loud book trailers of 2011:
Sebastian Barry, on On Canaan's Side and his nomination for the Booker:
Julian Barnes on winning the Man Booker Prize for The Sense of An Ending:
Téa Obreht on winning the Orange Prize for The Tiger's Wife:
Edna O'Brien, "I'm sorry books don't have the same cachet as a pair of jeans:"