On Thursday, I went along to hear readings of books shortlisted for the Green Carnation prize.
The three authors reading were:
Unfortunately, two authors were not able to make it but we toasted them in their absence!
I enjoyed all the readings, although I have to mention that I laughed out loud and was rather charmed by Christopher Fowler’s self-depreciating style in his reading from Paperboy.
I have to also admit to being distracted by some amusingly titled books (one in particular about how to deal with being overly-well endowed!) on the shelves at venue. Gay’s The Word which counts Sarah Waters and Ali Smith amongst it’s supporters is a gem of an independent bookshop tucked away near Russell Square Tube. I was particularly impressed by it’s clever categorisation of books which makes it perfect for casual browsers to discover something new.
All in all I had a really enjoyable evening and will be very much looking forward to finding out who the final winner is!