It’s been entirely too long since I’ve updated you all…yet again. There’s so much to talk about! Biggest thing first: London was great. I love that city so much; it’s clean, it’s friendly, it’s full of delightful accents! The only downside is that the entire city shuts down way too early for this night owl. Where are my 24 hour subways? I mean, I might not ever actually stay out until 4 AM, but it’s comforting to know I could if I wanted to! But seriously, I think what I love about London is the mixture of old and new. Centuries old buildings on modern street, Gothic architecture and Canary Wharf. You feel so small and yet so connected.
The London Book Fair was really interesting. You can head over to NYU’s Publishing blog for my post about the fair. Here I’ll just give some highlights: I saw the Duchess of Cornwall, I attended a presentation about the beautiful new rebrands of the adult British Harry Potter books, and I got to work with an actual British butler who said “Cheerio.” The conference was really interesting, I really loved hearing the optimism about ebooks and learning a little about the difference between the British and American publishing industries. It was really interesting to compare the fair to BEA, which was a couple weeks ago. LBF is much more business to business oriented, while BEA seems more about marketing and promoting their list. I’m so glad I got to attend!
As for the touristy stuff, we had a very thorough cab tour of the city on our first day, which was nice. I can’t believe how much we saw in those 3 hours! I also got to spend some time with my favorite Brazilian, Marilia. We not only partied together at the very exclusive Kobo Party (which featured the world’s greatest cover band, no joke), but we spent my free day together shopping and touring the Globe, which is just as lovely and fascinating and inspiring as I remembered.
I also got to attend The Drowned Man, Punchdrunk’s latest production. In case you’re new here Punchdrunk is the theater company behind Sleep No More and Drowned Man is their newest show based on Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck and The Day of the Locust. The show is closing in July, and I was so lucky to see it. It’s been running since last summer, and I’d
long ago resigned myself to the fact I’d never get to go…but then this London trip happened and I was able to squeeze in two shows! I loved it so much; it was like Sleep No More cranked up to 11: everything was bigger and grander and a little more overwhelming. There was an entire DESERT on one floor, complete with sand! And the finale was nothing short
of spectacular. The big moments shone and the smaller, intimate moments were just as special. I was extra glad to be able to introduce my friend Alicia to the show; she is a dancer and I feel like she can appreciate the choreography much better than I can! It was really good to see her and even better to be able to share this art form I love so much! And while
it’s killing me there are still so many mysteries I didn’t get to solve, I’m honored I had the opportunity to visit Temple Studios for myself.
So that was London. A rush of books, friends, history, and mysteries. I’m going to leave you here, but I promise, I will have a blog post up next week. You can look forward to the GREAT BIG THEATER RECAP. Until then, cheerio!