Law and Conversation

October 16, 2012

Marie’s trip to Europa Editions!

Filed under: Europa Challenge — Helen Gunnarsson @ 8:00 am
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Challenge ButtonBooklovers, go check out my blogger pal Marie’s post about her recent visit to the home office of Europa Editions, a publisher of mostly European titles in English translation, over at The Europa Challenge Blog. I love her photos of the offices and description of her visit!

While you’re there, I hope you’ll take a look at my reviews there as well. I’ve read quite a few more titles than I’ve posted reviews – in fact, I’ve actually made it to the Caffe Luongo level of 12 Europas this year, yay! – and hope to catch up by December 31. In fact, I have one draft that I’m almost ready to let go of, so do check back soon. And if you love Europa’s wonderful titles also, why not consider joining me and the other bloggers over there and posting some reviews?

UPDATE: I posted my review of Elena Ferrante’s “The Days Of Abandonment.”

October 11, 2012

Speaking trip to University of Illinois College of Law!

I had a great time today speaking on lawyer ethics and social media to students at my legal alma mater, the University of Illinois College of Law, and the East Central Women Attorneys’ Association. I focused on three areas where lawyers occasionally get into ethical trouble on social media: client confidentiality, false or misleading statements or conduct, and using other people. The turnout was good and the students and fellow lawyers were a great audience. I got to recommend two good books to them: “I Know Who You Are And I Saw What You Did,” by Lori Andrews, and “The No Asshole Rule,” by Bob Sutton, which I wrote about here.  As a bonus, I got to catch up with my moot court partner from law school, who invited and introduced me! After my talk, she provided me with encouragement to reread the first volume of Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, which I read with another bookloving friend in the legal profession a few years ago and, sad to say, found a bit of a slog.

Time to think about #fridayreads on Twitter, which I like to, but don’t always, participate in. I currently have two books going as rereads: the beautifully and honestly written “Minor Characters,” by Joyce Johnson, a memoir focusing on her relationship with Jack Kerouac, which I’ve reread several times but not for quite some time, and a title published by Europa Editions, “Clash of Civilizations Over An Elevator in Piazza Vittorio,” by the Algerian-Italian writer Amara Lakhous. The latter left me lukewarm the first time around, but after reading others’ more enthusiastic reviews on The Europa Challenge Blog as well as Lakhous’s more recently published “Divorce, Islamic Style,” which I loved, I’m eager to give his first one another chance.

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