Friday, July 26, 2013

Ian McEwan's First Love, Last Rights (Signed, first edition)

 A surprisingly busy summer of weddings and various travels has resulted in a slight pause in activity on this blog. Quickly, before I sneak out to the Colorado mountains for a week, I wanted to post a recent 'update' to the library.

Last Monday I attended a reading at the 92nd Street Y of Ian McEwan and Martin Amis. The evening was hosted by Salman Rushdie, who regaled the audience with stories of the good-old-days of the 1970s literary scene where the three writers first met. Amis read from Lionel Asbo (which I wasn't too keen on), and McEwan from Sweet Tooth (an interesting passage that summarized a short story by one of the novel's characters).

Afterwards, books were signed, and I was able to complete my library of signed, first editions by McEwan. Among a few other early, rare books, he graciously signed my copy of First Love, Last Rites (although grumbled a bit about how serious everyone was with their hardbacks):

The completist in me is very pleased.

See you in August!

Packed to read on vacation:
Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
All That Is by James Salter
The Yiddish Polceman's Union by Michael Chabon

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