Nancy Barber (nlbarber) wrote,
Nancy Barber
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Decatur Book Festival, day 2

Paperbackswap's Atlanta group had agreed to a pre-book-festival meeting at the Decatur Ruby Tuesday's, at 11 AM. I swung by and picked up Cheryl, who has no car and would otherwise have had to depend on MARTA's limited Sunday bus service. She lives right on my path, so it was no problem at all. Only 5 people ultimately showed up--Cheryl and me, Richard the PBS founder with his son, and Mike. The other 6 or 7 who'd said they'd come weren't there. Or maybe someone showed after I left at noon...

I left the others still eating to go hear Peter Beagle and Patrick Rothfuss, more cross-pollination from Dragon*Con. They wandered merrily and interestingly around their topic of fantasy in general, with helpings of anecdotes about their writing. I had read The Name of the Wind from the library a few months ago and really liked it, so I bought a copy and got it signed.

After that I moved to the Cook's Warehouse stage, located (duh) in Cook's Warehouse. Up was Martha Hall Foose, who has published a cookbook called Screen Doors and Sweet Tea: Recipes and Tales from a Southern Cook. She was very personable and knowledgeable as she prepared a blueberry cobbler and peach ice cream. The cobbler was made with a odd technique--she put berries in a pan, then a thick batter on top, then sprinkled more sugar on that, and finally poured boiling water over the top. It tasted OK, but the texture wasn't what I like in a cobbler crust.

That was my last event--the only other thing I was interested in was another cooking demo, but it didn't start for another hour and a half and I'd exhausted the delights of the booth exhibits. And had enough heat and humidity. That's one major drawback to a festival held partly outdoors over Labor Day weekend in Georgia--it's going to be hot.
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