G-4 Summit

We had our G-4 Summit in Chicago in October. Fabulous in every way. From the storms we landed in on day one, to Lori’s Shoes, to our favorite restaurant, Shine, to hearing the Bears fans erupt in cheers on Lincoln Avenue, to seeing the unbelievable Connie Crothers tear up the keyboard Sunday night at the Hungry Brain. Eva’s EJS party at Dean Hines house, Brian, Ron and Steve’s gig at the VFW hall in Willmette, where I danced by myself as if no one was watching, which they weren’t, the Art Institute, which is so incredible, and the Performance Arts building, with its funky restaurant, Wagnerian star, darling bambino, and lovely used book store. The Villa D’Citta with its luxury and strange flakiness, a perfect place for G-4. Especially being able to host our friends for a little cocktail party, and snack late in the night. And the long nights of real conversation, the great laughing fits, hearing the core familiarity of my best friends’ voices as I lay with my eyes closed, feeling their unconditional love.

I love Chicago, I love them. Miss it, miss them.

The 2011 list so far:

37. Rachel Ray, Anthony Trollope
36. The Grey Fairy Book, Andrew Lang
35. A Single Shot, Matthew F. Jones
34. A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Eagan
33. A Concise History of Spain, William D. and Carla Rahn Phillips
323. The Innocent, Taylor Stevens
31. The Informationist, Taylor Stevens
30. The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall
28-29. Palladin of Souls, The Hallowed Hunt, Lois McMaster Bujold
26-27. The War of the Ring, Sauron Defeated, Christopher Tolkienn
25. Deed to Death, D.B. Henson
24. The Magicians, Lev Grossman
23. Blackbird House, Alice Hoffman
22. The Treason of Isengard, Christopher Tolkien
21. Bent Road, Lori Roy
20. Lord of Misrule, Jaimy Gordon
19. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
18. Mr Chartwell, Rebecca Hunt
17. Half-Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls
16. The Shadow of the Past, Christopher Tolkien
15. A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner
14. Protector of the Small, Squire, Tamora Pierce
11-13. The Thief, The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia,Megan Whalen Turner
10. Skippy Dies, Paul Murray
9. Lost Horizon, James Hilton
4-8. The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Demon King, The Exiled King Cinda Williams Chima
3. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly
2. Armadale, Wilkie Collins
1. The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, Jennifer Trafton

11-12. Doctor Thorne, Framley Parsonage, Anthony Trollope
10. The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
7-9 The Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien
5-6 The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
1-4 The Nine Tailors, Gaudy Night, Busman’s Honeymoon, Lord Peter, Dorothy L Sayers

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