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What’s in store for your weekend? I’m headed to Cincinnati for Books by the Banks, a fantastic (and HUGE) literary festival held right downtown at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Come see me and 150 (!!) other authors from 10-4, and hear me speak at 1:30. These festivals are lots of fun and totally free.

More fun news: I’m once again teaming up with Page 1 Books to offer a Winter Bundle for the Modern Mrs Darcy Book Club. The bundle includes our December – February book selections, plus bookish goodies. Our previous Book Club bundles have sold out so if you want one for yourself or a loved one, don’t wait!

My favorite finds from around the web:

Favorite Instagram:

I took some DON’T OVERTHINK IT pics a couple of months ago (really) and never got around to editing them (because life) so here you go. She’s pretty, isn’t she? Follow me on Instagram @annebogel.

On the blog:

One year ago: 10 things I learned on book tour. Keeping this in mind as we start to plan book tour for Don’t Overthink It.

Two years ago: 9 October favorites. I love looking back on posts like this—so many of these are so relevant today!

Three years ago: What I’m wearing every day this fall. Anyone else look forward to fall clothing?

Four years ago: 8 favorite memoirs I keep coming back to.

Five years ago: Classic cult: 5 favorite Jane Austen-inspired romantic comedies. I want to watch one of these right now…

On What Should I Read Next:

This week’s guest decided it was time to branch out from her comfort zone of nonfiction and introduce more novels into her rotation, she took action again… by reaching out to WSIRN for help. We discuss parenthood, complex family stories, and the tricky task of avoiding book hangovers. 

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Biz says:

    Hi Anne! I’ve been a Books by the Banks volunteer for the past few years, and I’m working in the Author Pavilion tomorrow–I hope our paths will cross at some point!

  2. Anu says:

    Agree that Tanya Heath is a treasure, but wish she weren’t necessary at all! It’s about time theaters realized that women need proportionally more bathrooms than men and figured out ways to retrofit even old theaters to achieve that. Or failing that, would it kill them to allow five more minutes for the intermission so this didn’t have to be such a stressful experience?

    • Anne says:

      And it’s not just Hamilton, of course. This is always discussed at great length in my town during Derby season, when Churchill Downs’s lines for women’s rooms are notoriously long and men’s are easy breezy …

      • Carrie says:

        Hi Anne. You need to read Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. It’s just won a prestigious science prize here in the UK. It’s all about how women are discriminated against in all kinds of ways, simply because we live in a world built by & for men. There exists a huge data gap when it comes planning everything from public toilets to snow clearance to treatment of heart attacks. Eye-opening stuff.

  3. Nanette says:

    I ran into the Hamilton bathroom line in Chicago a couple years ago. The ushers there were incredible “stay in line, stay off your phones…” We have the same issue in Minneapolis – an old theater with inadequate bathrooms and no room to add more. An affiliated restaurant next to the theater encourages people to run in over intermission which does help.

  4. Caroline K says:

    HI Anne! I know the owner of Interabang Books and drove very close to the storefront this week on my way to work. The destruction in Dallas is overwhelmingly awful. It’s amazing how tornadoes’ paths move and just raze everything they touch.

    – Caroline

  5. Jennifer Geisler says:

    Having just seen Hamilton in London, I eagerly read the article about the intermission bathroom issue. There’s a much simpler and less anxiety producing solution: extend the intermission by 10 minutes and make both bathrooms “all sex” bathrooms. I’m disgusted that this fix wasn’t implemented several years ago! A woman should be in charge of scheduling the show!

    • Carrie says:

      I agree with you up to a point. Longer intermission is the common sense answer in the show term while the larger issues are sorted out. But, there are all kinds of reasons why some women (and men for that matter) don’t want to / can’t use mixed sex public facilities. We need lots more ladies loos, and we also need single occupancy all gender & accessible loos too. The lack of queues for the men’s facilities probably means their provision is adequate. I think the Hamilton article is so frustrating because yes, Tanya Heath is awesome, but this really shouldn’t be necessary.

  6. Deborah Ball says:

    Okay, I have shared this with Shannan, but I will say it again, Don’t Overthink It needs a cute t shirt with daisies and the title for us to wear and promote you new bookish venture. I loaned my ARC to my beloved hairdresser and it rattled with book darts!!! Anne put somebody on this idea! I would definitely pay 20$ perhaps more to boost attention to this GEM!

  7. Sue says:

    I just want to say that I found NINE BRAND NEW copies of The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease at the Goodwill in Ellsworth, Maine yesterday. For 50c each!! And there are at least 8 copies still there….

  8. M says:

    Super excited about Station Eleven. I hope there isn’t unnecessary nudity and violence. That is some great casting, that’s exactly how I imagined them.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Great article about the Bathroom usher! They really do a great job, getting all the ladies through the line and back to their seats before the start of the second act.

  10. Susan says:

    Many years ago I took a tour of the Bass Performance Hall in Ft. Worth. Stalls for women go on and on. Love that someone had a clue.

    You’ve added to my TBR pile with the books about reading post. I’m so thankful both of my boys like to read. It was a fear that my children might not be readers.

  11. Kim Sims says:

    We have an independent bookstore in Breckenridge…almost at our 1 year anniversary. Next time you are in Colorado we would love for you to visit us at Breck Books! We also would love to carry your book.

    • Anne says:

      I would love to come visit! We have family in Colorado so we do get to visit quite a bit (lucky us!). And thanks for the kind words—all my books are available through Ingram.

  12. Emily Attaway says:

    We saw Hamilton in Chicago and an usher sent from heaven did this same thing and insured all of the ladies made it to the restroom and back before “What’d I Miss”. Imagine my disappointment when we saw it again in Dallas and I had to choose between using the bathroom and missing the first act because there were not enough women’s bathrooms and the men’s rooms were standing empty right next to us and the ushers wouldn’t let us use them. I’m still bitter about it. If there aren’t going to be sufficient facilities for women, then our tickets should be discounted accordingly. This was at Fair Park. Stupid patriarchy.

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