Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Godmother


Not really.
I did wear a gray fedora and shades, but the only damage done to denizens of the Fair City was the hernia acquired by the porter when he lifted my book-stuffed suitcase unto the train for me.
Heh. Heh.

The first day we pillaged and ravaged the bookstores along Yonge.
The second we rode the dragon to rise from the subterannean caverns and fall upon the wind-fluttered pavilions of Word on the Street like Vikings and Visigoths, like Assyrians and locusts.
The subways still smell the same.

I have Magic in Medieval Manuscripts, Flowers and Medieval Warfare in same, and my own copy of The Lindisfarne Gospels, The Monstrous Middle Ages, and The Medieval Garden, assorted fantasies and SF (Moon, Modesitt and Norton) some detective mysteries, some military history and the odd romance.

We had dinner in delightful bistro, hot dogs at Queen's Park and High Tea at the Hyatt.
I had a lovely time.

23 comments:

Erik Ivan James said...

Welcome back!
Word On The Street, large attendence? Good exhibits?

S. W. Vaughn said...

Oh, how fabulous! A successful pillage! Sounds awesome, Bernita. It's a good feeling to have new books. :-)

Welcome back! So glad you had a great time!

Jaye Wells said...

So glad you had a nice time. And the new books! Oh I am so jealous. Some might find Medieval research books boring, but I love that stuff.

Robyn said...

Hope you're going to share the wealth in the coming weeks. Welcome back.

High tea. Hmm.

Come on. You danced on a tabletop at least once, right? ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey there, (oh dang, I'm not logged in! It's MissWrite) glad you had such a good time. We all need a little R&R every now and again. Your excursion sounds lovely.

kmfrontain said...

LOL @ S.W. about pillaging.

Welcome back, Bernita. Glad you had fun.

Faith said...

Oh, those books sound wonderful. I'd love to find bookstores like that around here.

Bernita said...

Yes and yes, Erik!

Pillage limited only to what I could transport home, Sonya.

Since I tolerate other's tastes, Jaye, I expect them not tolerate mine for "pichure books"!

Moi, Robyn? I was most discreet!

Yes, Tami, the mere sensory input of another setting can be remarkably beneficial.Don't know bout restful, exactly....

Thank you, for the welcome, Dear People.

Bernita said...

Thank you, Karen. I was an exhuberant Vandal and Hun.

I'll be fondling them for weeks, Faith. And they were cheap!

Bonnie Calhoun said...

Hey...stop drooling on all the new books...It sounds like you had a wonderful time...LOL...and added injury to another male

Those poor porters are going to start posting your picture in the station, so they can run when they see you coming!

Welcome home!

Carla said...

Welcome back, and I'm glad you had a good time. If you find the answer to your question about Judith in one of your new books, let me know? Tostig's Judith was William's aunt twice over as far as I can make out, but there may well have been another who would have been his sister-in-law as you mention.

EA Monroe said...

Welcome back, Bernita! You know how to pillage -- next time I'm going a-viking with you! ;-)

Gabriele C. said...

So, you came back with books and I with pictures. :)

There won't have been any sense in shopping for books in Trier and carry them to Göttingen; that's a job I let Amazon do most of the time. ;) The only one I got was a Guide to the Roman Remains in Trier.

Bernita said...

Now I have to catch up, Bonnie!
The poor porter....and they are always so nice.

Hi, Carla...for some reason had the idea Matilda has a sister Judith.
The thing that interests me is the family connections that complicate the politics.

We could have a lot of fun together, EA!

I'm greedy for those pictures, Gabriele.

anna said...

Welcome home!
I am jealous of every single
goddamn thing!

Carla said...

"The thing that interests me is the family connections that complicate the politics." Indeed - like did Judith encourage Tostig to invade in the North to draw Harold away while nephew William attacked in the south? And was that critical for the result of the Battle of Hastings? Now that would be a storyline worth playing with - real power-behind-the-throne stuff. I wonder if anyone's done it?

Bernita said...

A once a year thing, Anna. now I'm back in hibernation...

Not that I know of, Carla, but one wonders.

Lisa Hunter said...

Word on the Street sounds like such a great event. We don't have it here in Montreal (though Halifax and Vancouver do, I believe). One of these days I'll travel to Toronto for the fair.

Bernita said...

Lisa, you would enjoy it tremendously.

Jeff said...

Are you going to post a picture of yourself in the gray fedora and shades?
I'm glad you had a nice time. :)

Angel Feathers Tickle Me said...

Love to all.....

December Quinn said...

I am writing every one of those titles down to find and buy. They all sound so good.

So glad you're back! You were missed!

Bernita said...

Thank you, Jeff, had a lovely time...I don't think so...

Thank you, Angel. An attractive blog.

December, thank you.
The in Medieval Manuscripts were first published by the British Library, so you should be able to find them. North American rights by the University of Toronto Press.