East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Book Fair and New Projects

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Yesterday I spent the morning playing tourist in Asti, and the afternoon at the Turin Book Fair, where I occupied a chair in the Acheron Books booth. With my brother we had decided to treat the day as a vacation, and it was like that. Granted, today I am voiceless and we had to take a quick jaunt to the triage unit of the local hospital, but that’s nothing serious, and we’ll survive and grow stronger.

The morning in Asti was fun and relaxing – it being market day the place was busy and yet relaxed. We got there at 8 am, and we enjoyed the center of town while most people was still sleeping.

The Book Fair has been great.
It’s good to spend a day interacting with readers and colleagues, and I also had the opportunity to talk to two of my publishers. As a result, I came home with three new projects for 2020.
Even better – or equally good – was the fact that, by spending long hours at the stand and in the restaurant afterwards with my fellows Acheron writers (Fabrizio Borgio, Massimo Spiga, Marco Cardone, Masa Facchini, Samuel Marolla, Mauro Longo, Livio Gambarini and beautiful Camilla Pelizzoli), and later on the drive home with Fabrizio (we both being country kids), I was able to put some order in two ideas I’ve been kicking around for a while, and that – time permitting – I’ll try and write in the next months.

I came home with only one book – Fabrizio’s Morte ad Asti, that he gave me as a gift and autographed for me.
A book I will spend the rest of the day reading, and that later I will review. I have this idea, about a new series for my Patreon page and later, maybe, for this blog, called Books You Cannot Read, in which I’ll review in English books by Italian authors available only on the Italian market.
Who knows, maybe someone is interested. Maybe should these review go public they might attract the attention of some English-language publisher?
What do you say, does it make any sense?

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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