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“You cannot open a book without learning something.” Confucius

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Last week, I attended a Times Premier subscriber exclusive event. It was a book launch and a conversation with Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, along with authors  Mary Higgins Clark, Francine Prose and Andrew Solomon. The event was an informal launch for BY THE BOOK: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life.  The book  is a compilation of uncut Question and Answer interviews conducted by Pamela Paul, over the years, for the Sunday New York Times Book Review section; specifically for the weekly  By The Book segment.  The interviews are varied and engaging, and feature 65 well known writers and notables of other disciplines.

Each interviewee is asked a series of questions that give us glimpses into their inner lives, their work, interests, inspiration, irritants and literary recommendations.  Even though the book is 314 pages, it’s a delightful and easy read; some of the interviews will surprise you, while others will give you much to contemplate. Since, I want to encourage you to get the book and read it, I won’t offer any spoilers. However, I can assure you that each of the authors, listed on the book’s back cover above, will entertain you and teach you something new. I have my favorites but I’ll save that for another day.

Enlightening. Insightful. Genuinely Fascinating.  These are the adjectives that I would use to describe Pamela Paul’s  fantastic new book. So go “Buy the book!”

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“There’s so much more to a book than just the reading.” Maurice Sendak

BY THE BOOK: An Evening At The New York Times... Back Cover

BY THE BOOK: An Evening At The New York Times… Back Cover

BY THE BOOK: An Evening At The New York Times... Mary Higgins Clark signing my copy.

BY THE BOOK: An Evening At The New York Times… Mary Higgins Clark signing my copy.

What I enjoyed about the evening was the informal way the  authors discussed their writing interests, their observations about the process, and other literary matters. There was quite a bit of laughter about the world of writing, books, critics and readers. It was a joy to listen to Mary Higgins Clark share some of her experiences with the  audience; she is funny, wise and very generous with her advice. Towards the end of the event, the audience asked a few pertinent questions and, to wrap up, we all stood up and applauded. Each of us received a signed copy of the book and then we all headed off, signed copies in hand, to enjoy the cocktail hour.  According to one the elegantly dressed waiters, the fabulous food was catered by either Fallier International Food Design and Catering or International Caterers of Distinction.

The waiters, all dressed in elegant Nehru jackets and dark pants, served us the most exquisite hors d’oeuvres. My friend, Yvette, and I chatted with a few other attendees and had a great time sampling the food. At one point, I got up and went over to thank Mary Higgins Clark who had just walked into the room. She was so gracious that she even agreed to sign my copy of the book and pose for a picture with me. It was a wonderful evening and I invite you to take out a Times Premier subscription to the New York Times as they have lots of events planned for the rest of the year. If that is not within your means, you can take out a General Digital subscription or an Educator rate subscription. You won’t regret it.

Positive Motivation Tip: In By The Book, each author shares aspects of his/her life that are insightful and illuminating to the rest of us. Read. Enjoy!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet


94 Comments leave one →
  1. maggiesblog2 permalink
    21/01/2015 8:10 pm

    This looks like a wonderful coffee table book! Thanks for sharing!

  2. 22/01/2015 12:25 am

    Great to know you had a chance to attend Times Premier subscriber exclusive event for a book launch. With questions that give a glimpse of inner life, I think the interview should have been fun as well. Thanks for sharing.

  3. 22/01/2015 1:37 am

    how cool that is – i may have to buy this book! 😀

  4. Masshole Mommy permalink
    22/01/2015 2:34 am

    My husband would LOVE that book. He loves stuff like this and I think this might be perfect for him for Father’s Day!

  5. 22/01/2015 3:38 am

    Sounds like a fun event. I just put a sample of the book on my Kindle, so can check it out. Thanks.

  6. 22/01/2015 4:46 am

    What a memorable event–always want to attend these enticing programs. Thanks for you experiences and insights.

  7. loveforlacquer permalink
    22/01/2015 5:35 am

    What a great event to attend! I love Mary Higgins Clark!

  8. 22/01/2015 7:09 am

    Wow, that’s quite a line up of authors. Sounds like an amazing experience and what a gracious lady Mary Higgins Clark is.

  9. sklocinski permalink
    22/01/2015 7:15 am

    I am loving this book! This book would be a great gift for readers.

  10. 22/01/2015 8:11 am

    I love book launches! My favourite of course was for my husband’s book 🙂 Sounds like you had a great time!

  11. 22/01/2015 9:54 am

    So many great names are on that list! Looks like an interesting read, for sure.

  12. 22/01/2015 11:44 am

    You lucky lady, getting that photo opp. She sounds like such a sweet gal!

  13. 22/01/2015 3:49 pm

    This sounds like an amazing event. I’m an avid reader, and I always love getting a peek at what makes an author tick, no matter what they write.

  14. alicia0795 permalink
    22/01/2015 4:12 pm

    This looks like a really cool book(: I love the books that interview people so you can see how that person really lives or what they think. Everyone has different views on things so it is cool to see what they think(:

  15. 22/01/2015 4:37 pm

    Looks like a fantastic book! What a cool evening to partake in.

  16. Nina Garcia Say permalink
    22/01/2015 5:10 pm

    I have always wanted to discuss writing with professional writers. There is nothing more inspiring.

  17. oschwab94 permalink
    22/01/2015 6:59 pm

    This looks like a great book! This also looked like a great event! I’m for sure going to have to find this book to have at my house!

  18. Ask Coach Donna permalink
    22/01/2015 7:29 pm

    Very impressively fun – Wow – you met the authors and attended a Times Premier subscriber exclusive event – does it get much better?

  19. Mystic_Kitchen permalink
    22/01/2015 8:54 pm

    Sounds like an awesome event! I bet you had a blast- thanks for sharing!

  20. 22/01/2015 8:59 pm

    I’ve never been able to attend one of these, and I so want to! I love to read and I’m getting a sample of this on my kindle to check it out

  21. 22/01/2015 9:47 pm

    This is really great post about this book event. Looks like a book launching. I really love this post.

  22. 22/01/2015 10:14 pm

    What a fabulous evening. I’ve added the book to my wish list as it hasn’t been released here yet.

  23. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    23/01/2015 4:40 am

    This sounds like it was an amazing event indeed. It must have been amazing to meet some of these authors. This book sounds interesting as well as inspirational and I will have to read it. Thanks for sharing.

  24. 23/01/2015 5:54 am

    Woah! That is so stinking awesome that you got to meet her and have her sign your copy. That is one heck of an incredible event.

  25. 23/01/2015 6:19 am

    What an awesome experience! Sometimes I am amazed at all of the opportunities blogging allows.

  26. 23/01/2015 6:44 am

    That many Authors under one roof must have made for a fantastic evening. Mary Higgins Clark is a favorite Author of mine. I would of been thrilled to have met her. By The Book sounds fantastic!

    • 23/01/2015 9:01 am

      It was a wonderful evening. Four authors and the editor hosted the conversations. The others were there in spirit only.;-)

  27. Kori (@just_anothermom) permalink
    23/01/2015 6:58 am

    That sounds like an amazing event. I would have loved to have attended that myself.

  28. Carol Nine permalink
    23/01/2015 7:45 am

    This looks like a great read. I will have to try to find this one.

  29. 23/01/2015 8:27 am

    Good for you. What a great opportunity. That is one thing that my bookworm husband would enjoy too. 🙂

  30. Sumi Go | The Purple Doll permalink
    23/01/2015 9:14 am

    I haven’t touched a good book for years! Will look for this on my trip to the bookstore tomorrow. Hopefully, we have copies here in Manila. Since I’ve been busy these past few weeks, a light read like this one will fit the bill.

  31. barbara langley permalink
    23/01/2015 9:34 am

    You cannot open a book without learning something,so true is it not. With all the tech for reading now, Kobo and other eReaders, its so much easier to pick up a book. Thank you from another book worm.

  32. 23/01/2015 9:48 am

    What a wonderful time you must have had Elizabeth! I would have given anything to attend. I am seriously going to look for this book. I can see several of my fave authors on there. It sounds fascinating!

  33. mrenkema79 permalink
    23/01/2015 11:11 am

    That sounds like a great evening!! I used to LOVE Mary Higgins Clark!!

  34. 23/01/2015 12:33 pm

    What a fun opportunity for you! I love reading interviews with authors and other creative minds, seeing their histories and what inspires them. I think I’d love this book.

  35. 23/01/2015 12:34 pm

    What a fun opportunity for you! I love reading interviews with authors or other creative minds – seeing their histories and what inspires them. I think I’d love this book.

  36. 23/01/2015 12:40 pm

    What a great event. That book looks pretty amazing. One I would like to read for sure.

  37. 23/01/2015 3:53 pm

    What a wonderful event 🙂 I tend to enjoy the local bookstores instore events when they invite the authors. I have collected a few signed copies of my fave books this way 🙂

  38. 23/01/2015 6:21 pm

    What a wonderful event. She sounds like she went out of her way to make it special for those attending, but I bet it was special for her too. 🙂

  39. klg1982 permalink
    23/01/2015 6:57 pm

    Awesome! I am going to add this to my list of books to read!

  40. 23/01/2015 8:03 pm

    What an exciting event to be invited to especially for us who live with words and stories. This will be a good book for my coffee table, I’ve always enjoyed reading Mary Higgins Clark thrillers and it’s absolutely wonderful that she autographed your copy.

  41. 23/01/2015 8:56 pm

    What a great opportunity. This looks awesome. This would be a great coffee table book. for sure.

  42. sikat101 permalink
    24/01/2015 4:48 am

    A lot of authors with books that I have read are on the list. This really looks like a wonderful and insightful event. Ang you are lucky to get that autograph. -katrina centeno

  43. 24/01/2015 6:14 am

    That seems like a good book having great authors! I better grab one and make cups of coffee! 😀

  44. John Lopez permalink
    24/01/2015 7:14 am

    Good thing. This is a great opportunity. I really love read books, this one looks interesting.

  45. 24/01/2015 8:47 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time and a great opportunity. Would love to do something like this myself. =)

  46. 24/01/2015 9:04 am

    This looks like an interesting book! I will check out Kinokuniya to see if it’s sold in Singapore. I don’t know the authors stated in the books, but I want to see what are the questions and the kind of answers they give to Pamela Paul!

  47. 24/01/2015 1:11 pm

    What an opportunity you had to attend that event! Did you snag some photos of you with any authors?

  48. Skinny B permalink
    24/01/2015 7:24 pm

    Wow. this looks like a great book.. is this available in the Philippines???

  49. Fernando permalink
    24/01/2015 7:49 pm

    A good book to learn something useful in your life. Well, this really an inspired piece to live with. Books are the hidden treasure of everyone’s life. Fernando Lachica

  50. leybain permalink
    24/01/2015 10:26 pm

    A must read for aspiring writers like me :). I will check out if it’s already available in here!

  51. franckxethee permalink
    25/01/2015 7:20 am

    This book can really boost you with stories from successful people. This would be a great read and a great motivator.

  52. Dalton Sweet permalink
    25/01/2015 10:59 am

    Looks like a great read! Thanks!

  53. 25/01/2015 11:05 am

    Looks like it was a fabulous event!!! My hubby would be all over a book like that! Totally his kinda thing

  54. 25/01/2015 5:56 pm

    It’s nice to be a part of that event to learn more things about something you’re interested in. You’re so lucky to have received a signed copy of the book. 🙂

  55. Nanda Reis permalink
    25/01/2015 10:17 pm

    This book looks very interesting! I haven’t heard of it before, I’m sure it will go on my pile of next books to read!

  56. 26/01/2015 1:19 am

    Now, that’s an interesting book! I’d love to have one.

    Love the quote from Confucius; “You cannot open a book without learning something.”

  57. 26/01/2015 6:16 am

    What an awesome opportunity you had – cool. I bet some of my friends who loves reading would love this.

  58. Vanessa permalink
    26/01/2015 9:45 am

    Wow, 65 well-known authors! This book must be a treasure full of wisdom! I love reading and I am sure all these uncut interviews will be great inspiration for me to read!

  59. 28/01/2015 12:31 pm

    Sounds like an amazing experience! And the book looks so good! I’m really intrigued by it!

  60. Nicol Wong (@yuk_lui) permalink
    30/01/2015 10:21 am

    ooo this is something i would like to read. sounds like a great event 🙂

  61. Onica {MommyFactor} permalink
    31/01/2015 5:27 pm

    How cool you got your copy live and in person by her. Seems like a great book to have in a collection.

  62. louisechelle permalink
    04/02/2015 7:17 am

    This is the kind of book I would enjoy. By just looking at the illustrations, it really looks like a great book. However, I don’t think it’s available here in our country.

  63. 14/02/2015 12:36 am

    Lots of interesting people to read about. I love reading all about them!

  64. ilovepaars permalink
    04/03/2015 2:47 pm

    this is an interesting book. maybe we still dont have it here yet in manila.

  65. Khushboo permalink
    20/03/2015 8:11 pm

    That is such a cool book! I love the illustrations. Will look forward to buying it myself. 🙂

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