I'm in New York. We start filming tomorrow, gathering B-roll around the city before the Times Talk at 6:30.
Some choice bits:
A very special guest might participate in the NYC premiere. We interview him later this week. No promises, but still: could be cool. McNally Robinson is already promoting the event on its Home page. Go, McNally Robinson!
Had breakfast this morning with Will Schwalbe, Halberstam's editor, at Le Pain Quotidian, near Hyperion's office. Ate soft-boiled eggs. What is the etiquette-friendly way to crack and peel a soft-boiled egg, anyway? I'd never eaten one in public, so I watched Will crack his before starting mine.
After breakfast, Jimmy (the director, who edited the McEwan film) and I met up outside the Halberstams' apartment. We talked with Jean, David's widow, for a half-hour or so in her living room, getting to know each other, trading stories. She showed us his office: family photos, a wooden helicopter model, autographed baseballs, boxes of notes for The Coldest Winter.... Then Jean leashed up Sasha, their ten-year-old dog, and we set out on the route David took each morning through Central Park, past the Sheep Meadow and the bench that will soon be dedicated in his name.
Very excited to get started. Next time I have ten seconds I'll post again.
Editor's note: What's Out of the Book? In June, 54 bookstores around the country hosted a screening of our first short film, about Ian McEwan. Each host designed the event to suit its local resources and community by inviting local authors and experts to lead discussions, or musicians to perform, holding contests or serving food and drink. So far independent bookstores in 60 cities have signed up for round two. All events will occur between November 11 and December 16. We'll post a list in the coming weeks. In the meantime, have your favorite bookseller email April if they'd like to play along.
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Dave is the author of Out of the Book, Volume 3: State by State