Here are 7 memories from the last 24 hours that transcend photos: 1) A man in a speedo riding a scooter. This opens a whole new avenue of fun on this trip: who can spot the speedo-wearer doing the most interesting thing? Last summer in Spain we saw a man in a speedo doing push-ups on the beach.…

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Well, let me amend my opinion of Lausanne. (And let me also say this: never write a blog entry about a place until you’ve walked both directions from your hotel.) We walked to the right this morning: not so impressive. But walk to the left: Wow! It’s a beautiful miles-long promenade along the water with…

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We landed in Geneva about 6 p.m. last night (Swiss time.) Took a train to Lausanne–remarkable smooth and easy, possibly because everyone here speaks better English than we do French–and got into town just in time for the the U.S.-Ghana World Cup match. I’m writing at the desk in our room at the Hotel Movenpick,…

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Well,  we head to Switzerland and France tomorrow for a two-week trip. I’ve never been to either. My husband is giving a presentation at the Hemingway conference in Lausanne, then we’ll head to Villefranche-sur-mer for a few nights, and then–the best part–a week in Paris! I’ll try to update regularly during the trip. I’ve actually…

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I had a reading and signing today at ColdWater Books in Tuscumbia, Alabama. It’s a really beautiful store–dark polished wood floors and banisters and high ceilings–with, I must say, an excellent coffee bar. One thing about writing books–and reading them in public–you become a connoisseur of bookstore beverages across the country. I rarely leave a…

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I’ve been thinking about vampires lately. Partly this is because I’m diving into the second season of True Blood.  I got into the series late—midway through the second season—so after we finished the first season on DVD, we had to wait for the second season to come out on DVD. Now, of course, we’re missing…

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A few weeks ago, I got a look at the German edition of The Well and the Mine, which has a pleasingly Children-of-the-Corn vibe. Here it is: The title transfers to When Night Is Falling, which I think is lovely. I do wonder a little bit if people will pick up this book and think it’s…

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