The glam parties are no longer. Celeb authors holding court, Dommy P flowing in lit agent's hotel rooms? Nope. But the mood from Germany and the world's biggest book festival is a tad more upbeat. Why? Are more people reading--and reading more than brain junk food? No. They are giddy over e-books. They are scared about the facing the same "travails" faced by the music industry. Yes, you heard me. Check out the details here. Nothing of substance seems to have arisen. But least no more silly parties, eh? But Nat loves silly parties...
I'd heard it was only a bunch of agents working on foreign rights stuff, rather than sizeable deals--or "substantive" issues? There was an article in The Atlantic about how it was the last hurrah of the publishing industry.
I can't think of a reason to go to these things other than the silly parties. BTW, the Tiger Inn entry at Wikipedia doesn't have you as a notable alum. You need to correct that.
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