CambridgeEditors has noticed that bookish Bostonians are lucky this season. Back in December, the Modern Language Association held its annual conference for academics and literati at the Hynes Convention Center and surrounding Copley Square Hotels. Representatives of University English and Foreign Language Departments were present–over 7,000 attendees. Among Academic and Trade presses, CambridgeEditors hosted an Exhibition Hall booth. Meanwhile, in just about a week’s time, The Associated Writing Programs annual Conference meets at the Hynes. The four day conference, featuring panels and readings by our foremost creative writers, boasts Seamus Heaney as its keynote speaker. Toward the end of this month, meanwhile, the NeMLA meets at Boston’s Hyatt Regency near the Commons; literature departments and presenters from across the North East Region will be present. At both the AWP and NeMLA conferences, booksellers are represented, including Cambridge’s Shakespeare and Company—The Grolier Bookshop at the AWP.
When the February 25th’s edition of The New Yorker half-flippantly defends (the now quite rich) Gerard Depardieu’s tax-evading flight from France to Belgium, the phrase emerges: “[Depardieu] was a Rabelaisian sensualist, not a Balzacian crook.” If your self-characterization falls in line with Depardieu’s, and you’ve chosen an artist’s or scholar’s path–no matter the pocketbook impact, at least at the outset—I urge you to wander these ballrooms and bookstalls, while they’re only a T Ride away.
~Dr. Harte Weiner, lead editor