Yeay !  As the nights start to draw in (eep) the gull turns her attention to the local lit scene.  A really impressive lineup for the first festival.  Going for the Crime and Horror in true zen fashion…

Enjoyed Her Fearful Symmetry and love the graphic novels.  Here’s Audrey Niffenegger’s take on the digital debate;

I am not opposed to the existence of e-books; I know lots of people are wildly enthusiastic about them. But I have spent my life working with books as an art form and I am devoted to physical books. E-books in their current incarnations are still imperfect and they threaten the arts of book design and typography. As a book conservator I am also nervous about the digitization of books: will they be readable one hundred years from now? Or will thousands of books simply vanish as platforms and programs change?

E-books have certain advantages (they are searchable) and disadvantages (they are not beautiful objects in themselves and don’t display images very well). I’m sure they will improve over time, though. I don’t know when or if my books will become e-books. Writing me hostile e-mail about this will not hasten my desire.