The topic for today's virtual mixer is books. Give us your literary trivia and author tidbits, tell us what you're reading, or plug your own book. We could use a few summer recommendations.

Like we've done with the previous two Harry Potter installments, my wife and I ordered two copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which will arrive tomorrow. That doesn't leave me much time to polish off Then We Came To The End, a novel by Joshua Ferris about life at a Chicago ad agency. If you ever worked in advertising "“ or any company where layoffs were involved "“ I can't recommend this book highly enough. (Read the first few pages here; if they don't load right away, click 'Excerpt' on the left.)

Now go on. Chat. Start being all interesting and whatnot.