I realized why I did not make any blog posts last year while the Festival was on going: there is just too much going on to be able to sit down and properly write one.
The con starts tomorrow or about 7 hours as I write this. The apartment is full now that C.B. has arrived.
I spent the last 2 days moving around the beautiful city of Lucca, playing tourist. I was able to revisit the art exhibition and will post pics in the next two weeks or so.
Tonight after dinner, we headed of to Simone Biannchi`s book signing/Q&A at Edison Books. What a great bokstoore!
The bookstore is in what was originally a bank. Huge cathedral ceilings with bright lighting. Tons of books. A nice spacious area to sit and relax. And a bar area where you get food and drinks. The bartender made for us the best screwdrivers I’ve ever tasted.
Simone’s book signing was a combo presentation/discussion/book signing/portfolio review. It lasted about 2 1/2 hours, ending at midnight, and packed the bookstore. We ended up celebrating at a bar nearby that is owned by Andrea Silvestri’s , Simone’s assistant, brother. Something called a Maxi Hot Dog was ordered by all. Basically it is a cheesy hot dog panini. In retrospect, this was not the best way to end the night!