This past week was big one for The Hypothetical Library. The Neil Gaiman posts received a great deal of attention from readers as well as other blogs. It was also the week of Book Expo America here in New York. During BEA, I had a chance to meet a lot of very nice people, in and around the publishing industry: small press folks, librarians, Tweeters, and big house publishers. I tried to go to as many events as possible and hand out my new promotional card which you can see below. I even met some people who already knew about the blog, which is always gratifying. There was a group of librarians at the NYC bar Tom and Jerry's who asked if I had an MLS. It took me a few moments to realize they meant a Masters of Library Science. The answer is "no" by the way, not even a hypothetical one.
I'm taking a little time off from posting new covers, but thought I would mention what some of some of the previous Hypothetical Library contributors have been up to...
Jennifer L. Knox has a poem in this weeks’ The New Yorker called Pimp My Ride.
Colum McCann's National Book Award winning novel Let The Great World Spin, is being brought to the big screen by Producer JJ Abrams, of Star Trek and Lost fame. You can read about it here.
David Lehman is in San Francisco reading from his books Yeshiva Boys, and A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs. if you live in the Bay area, try and catch his reading at Moe's Books 2476 Telegraph Avenue Berkeley, on June 2, 7:30
Gabrielle Bell continues with her wonderful comics blog Lucky and has a new travelogue in progress.
Over the past 3 months I've received several inquires about contributing ideas to this blog, and while I appreciate the offers (some of them very cool) I do have a rationale about who I select for these entries. I choose writers who have at least two but preferably three published works. This is mainly to help me. Since I am designing a book cover based on nothing more than a paragraph or two, I feel it's crucial that I have an informed sense of what the writers work is like. So while, I’m designing a specific cover for a specific premise I am guided by the tone and voice of the authors previous work. It just seems like the right way to do it. So while I appreciate all of the inquiries and ideas, I do have an established method that I feel I need to follow.
Next week: My break continues...