Don't worry, I won't deluge you with Book Festival events, which span from tomorrow through Sunday, to the exclusion of all the other exciting happenings around here.
Having said that, let's start with all the Book Festival goodies.
Constellation Books has partnered up with our friend and fellow book blogger Heather Johnson to give you tips on improving your book club. So join them at the Creative Cafe Tent at noon on Saturday for some advice on how to get the most from your discussions.
Also on Saturday, I'll be moderating a couple of panels at the CityLit Tent: the first, "Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading" with author Lizzie Skurnick and special guest Laura Lippman, will give everyone a chance to reminisce about all those lovely -- and sometimes horrifyingly bad -- YA titles you read back in the day.
The second, "An Assortment of Authors" will feature Elissa Weissman, ("Standing for Socks"); Mildred Muhammad, ("Scared Silent"); Ben Shaberman, ("The Vegan Monologues"); and Lia Purpura, ("King Baby"). Having met both Elissa and Ben at past events, I can tell you they are both funny AND full of great information. I've no doubt Mildred and Lia will prove to be just as entertaining.
That evening, starting at 6:30, The Occasional is hosting a bookish tweetup at The Owl Bar, a former speakeasy known and loved by both Fitzgerald and Mencken. For those of you who love books AND your Twitter friends, it's a win-win.
Sunday at noon, Lois Lowry of "The Giver" fame will be at the Children's Bookstore stage will talk about her new picture book, "Crow Call," which relates how she became reacquainted with her father after his return from World War II.
Those who are looking for a different scene, the National Book Festival will be held in D.C. on Saturday on the National Mall.
But you don't want to bother with festivals at all? You're in luck! Atomic Books is hosting it's Small Press Expo pre-party, SPX-PLOSION 2 Friday night at 7 p.m., with plenty of small press authors for all. And the Maryland Writers Association will meet at Ukazoo Books at 7 p.m. on Monday.
And you're looking for more?!? Have at it, at the Read Street calendar.