Modern history buffs should mark their calendars, historian Ellen Fitzpatrick will be at Bookpeople Wednesday at 7 pm to promote her latest book Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation. Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy Jaqueline Kennedy received over a million missives of condolence from all over the nation and all around the world. Fitzpatrick has published a sampling, 250, of the remaining letters from America for a broad yet deeply intimate look at the national grieving process. In Letters Fitzpatrick helps to illuminate the human, on the ground level of a seismic event in US history.
There will be no deficit of literate historical conversation on Wednesday. Tatiana Kuzmic, an assistant professor in the UT Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, will be giving a talk with a long title "From Mummies to Gypsies in Middlemarch: The English Heroine, the British Empire and the Polish Insurrections" at Garrison Hall 2.112. According to the University in question the talk will concern "the national dimensions of the love triangle by examining it against the political backdrop of the British Reform Bills and the Polish Insurrections of the 1830s and the 1860s." Anyone who knows what that means should already be going, those who don't can attend for an enlightening experience.
The rest of this week in books will be full of more lighthearted fare. Anyone in need of further survival practice for the zombie apocalypse can attend BookPeople's first, hopefully of many, Zombie Field Day. At the Day, starting at 1 pm on Saturday, attendees can compete in zombie related sports, get zombie face-paint (to blend in better come the zombie-copalypse) and generally join in the gruesome revelry. For a special treat witty zombie high school author Stacey Jay will be entertaining on site.
In the vein of the teenaged and supernatural Claudia Gray, author of the vampire young adult series Evernight, will be at Bookpeople this Thursday at 6 pm promoting the latest installment Hourglass. Gray's series follows a young romance between two humans in a vampire academy.
Immediately following following the young adult event, at 7 pm, Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch will be reading excerpts from Ten Walks/Two Talks, an innovative walking guide to New York, including both the external reality in all of its sensory input, conversation between the authors and internal meditation on the place and its general and personal history.
For more Austin themed reading locals can turn to Next the latest Texas based novel by Austin resident Jim Hynes. Next, a la the Hynes oeuvre, follows a neurotic office worker with girlfriend troubles who finds himself confused and awakening in Austin. Hynes will be at Bookpeople to promote Next this Friday at 7pm.
Austin gourmets and slow foodies may want to spent this Sunday afternoon with Cathy Erway discussing The Art of Eating In. In Art Erway discusses the health, economic and environmental dangers of America's dependence on restaurant dining and the fun and healthy home cooking solutions. Erway will be at BookWoman this Sunday at 4 pm for an enlightening and appetizing conversation.