Any of you folks who've been dying to meet me will finally have your chance if you can get to Iowa City next weekend: I'll be giving a talk on reading and writing about books online at the inaugural Iowa City Book Festival next Saturday, July 18th, at 6 p.m. I can't promise genius--or, really, anything but enthusiastic amateurism--but I'll try to be relatively informative and entertaining nonetheless, and I guarantee you'll see at least one LOL Cat.
If you do come, please remember to restrict questions to my areas of expertise and/or obsession: Anthony Powell, Thomas Hardy, Roberto Bolano . . . um, Barbara Pym . . . or maybe you should just stick to Powell, in which case I'll be much more likely to buy you a drink in gratitude later.