Recovering from a ten-hour drive through four states and two time zones is probably not the best time to start reflecting on this year’s International Medieval Congress, but I had such an exciting time that I’ll give it a go. I know I promised you a “book report,” and you shall have one…later…after I find my notes and put them in a semblance of order.
Now for the blogging royalty part of the show. I finally got to meet some of (you, hopefully) the bloggers who continue to inspire, challenge, and entertain me. Let me tell you, they are a great group of people! Jonathan Jarrett, of Tenth-century Europe fame, made a rare appearance across the pond and delivered a great paper on charters (surprise!), Visigothic law and its influence on Carolingian rule. Did I mention that he is also an incredibly nice person? His kind words of encouragement are very much appreciated!
I also got to meet the mysterious ADM, from whose blog I have learned much about the inner workings of academia. As reticent as I was at the blog meet, ADM made me feel welcome and a part of the community. A class act all the way around. I spent time with Dr. Nokes, he of the Wordhoard, a man who knows how to have fun ( and pull a good practical joke, eh Herr Doctor Allan?). Dr. Larry Swain also deserves my gratitude. I have had several email communications with him already, but it was a joy to meet him in person. I highly recommend that you read at least one of his several blogs! Truly a kind person. I would be remiss if I did not give a special shout out to Vaulting and Vellum! Now, you guys, get to work on a new post!!
So, on to other matters that are “bound” to get your attention, books. I’m only going to offer a couple of comments here. The longer post is, as I said, forthcoming.
I alluded in a previous post to the staggering array of books and sundries available at the zoo. This is still accurate, but the exhibit did seem smaller this year. I know that a couple of traditional exhibitors were forced to withdraw because of the volcano in Iceland. Dr. Catherine Cubitt was similarly delayed, and her thought-provoking paper was delivered by a pinch hitter. Powell’s books and OUP each had less stock than usual, and many people commented on the absence of the gentleman (I forget his name) who makes and sells the wax seal replicas. One hopes that both the volcano and the economy return to stability and all of these vendors can return.
Next time, “The Book Exhibit: Business Behind the Scenes!” Please stay tuned!