Having worked in bookstores and libraries for many years, I’ve had the chance to attend a lot of author events. I’ve also naturally gone to events that happen outside of my workplace, because as much as I’d like for every author whose books I enjoy to come to where I work, it’s simply not going to happen.
Jasper Fforde came to the Borders in Uptown when I worked there to sign stock. I had the opportunity to talk with him for quite awhile, and he was extremely generous with his time.
I saw David Sedaris yesterday at the State Theater. All of the pieces he performed were new, and I had an excellent time; many terrible, offensive, and funny jokes were told. And by the way, that’s a bear puppet crying tears of blood.
My library hosted Maggie Stiefvater this summer as part of the teen summer reading program. I’m not the teen librarian at our branch, but I am the one who suggested we get her for an event–mostly because I wanted to see her speak, it’s true. I think I got some recognition from Maggie for my contribution to the event.
I’ve seen friend and neighbor Kurtis Scaletta at the Red Balloon Bookshop twice now, and I own all of his books. This is my favorite inscription, simply because it’s the silliest. Lush Puppy was thrilled that he was mentioned.
I saw Emma Bull lo these many years ago at Minicon. (I think it was 37.) I’ve loved War for the Oaks ever since an evil and dear friend introduced me to it in college, so it was nice to get my original MMPB signed.
I saw Meg Cabot at PLA in 2008. She was the luncheon keynote speaker one day, and I quite enjoyed her talk. I’ve been fond of the Princess Diary series ever since it was published, so it was nice to get my copy signed. (Even though I’m pretty sure that’s what she wrote in all of the Princess Diary books she signed that day.)
My best friend in Germany attended a Neil Gaiman event at a car dealership (why it was at a car dealership I never have figured out) and got a copy of Stardust auf Deutsch signed for me. She how lives in New Zealand, so I’m trying to figure out when I can go visit her there. I’d also like to see the Ngaio Marsh House, it’s true.
ANd sometimes you just get lucky when buying something in a used book store.