No need to send a thank-you note for this gift of information: A simple smile will suffice. We thought you should know, dear readers, Miss Manners is paying us a visit. As part of the 2010 Jewish Book Festival in Tampa, Martin, who writes the nationally syndicated Miss Manners column that appears in the St. Petersburg Times, will speak at a brunch today; see Book Talk for details. Martin will discuss her new book, Miss Manners' Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding; a signing will follow. We corresponded with Martin via e-mail as she vacationed in Venice, Italy.
What's on your nightstand?
Venice, Cita Excelentissima: Selections from the Rennaissance Diaries of Marin Sanudo, edited by Patricia H. Labalme and Laura Sanguineti White and translated by Linda L. Carroll.
How did you come to pick out this book?
True, these are only excerpts — from an effort that puts Samuel Pepys to shame — but this translation appeared miraculously before I could get my Venetian dialect up to reading all 58 volumes of juicy gossip.
Do you recommend it?
I would recommend it. I suppose you would have to be a Venetophile to relish it, but, then, I recommend that everyone succumb to Venetophilia.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer