Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Birthday Plans for Next Year (Note to Self)

I love to make plans. In the micro, minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour (sometimes day to day) level, my ADHD makes me the most disorganized and scattered person in the universe. I also dread having a routine or planning my day ahead of time, but as far as planning things weeks, months or years ahead are concern, I take great joy in careful planning and in anticipation of the event I'm looking forward to.

So... I've mentioned this event in my dissertation and I've always wanted to attend.   The last time I went to a Book Fair (Bienal do Livro in São Paulo), I was in grade school (high school, maybe?) or... maybe in college already. An item in my "bucket list*" is to go to the Bologna Book Fair (the main one in the world for children's literature) and/or another prestigious one such as the Paris Book Fair. Of course, the most useful one for my research would be the Bienal do Livro of São Paulo -- Hey! I will actually BE in Brazil on the last weekend of this!! too bad we have to fly back... maybe we can push our flight back to Monday?!

FLIP (Paraty's International Literary "Feast") is the "coolest" literary event in Brazil (next year the most recent "darling" of U.S. literature is coming -- Jonathan Franzen), so it should be a nice event to go to. I don't know how much research and networking I could actually do there, but that doesn't really matter, does it? (And, after all, the possibilities are endless, no?).

So, should I try to find a friend (or friends) who could/would go with me while I celebrate my birthday attending FLIP? I'd love to leave the kids with my parents and go for a couple of days. Too bad that it must be pretty expensive to stay there in Paraty, not to mention the fact that I can't stand crowds -- but one can't have a fair without a crowd, right?

Food for thought. Now, as for the "biennial" in São Paulo? I will have to find a way to go to that, no matter what or how!

*I'm so "out of it" that I'd never heard of this term until my Brazilian-Canadian blogging friend G pointed it out to me in a comment in this blog.


M said...

It sounds like lots of fun! I hope you get to go.

Anonymous said...

I love book fairs, there's one in Toronto each September. But the one in Paris..ahhh that is one I'd like to go to...I'll put it on my bucket list! I don't know where that term was coined, other than the movie with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, have you seen it?