Thursday, October 11, 2007

Booking Through Thursday - Live and In-person

* Have you ever met one of your favorite authors? Gotten their autograph?
* How about an author you felt only so-so about, but got their autograph anyway? Like, say, at a book-signing a friend dragged you to?
* How about stumbling across a book signing or reading and being so captivated, you bought the book?

The quick answers: Sort of. Yes. No.

When I was in 9th grade (I think) I ran into Jennings Michael Burch (author of They Cage the Animals at Night) at a Chinese restaurant in Chappaqua, NY. I had just read (or was then reading) that moving book so the timing was really fortuitous. He inscribed my copy of the book in such a meaningful way that I really felt a connection with him. My short answer was "sort of" only because I'm not sure I'd consider Burch one of my favorite authors. They Cage the Animals at Night, however, is very good reading; I recommend it.

I got tons of books signed at BookExpo Canada this year (see this post) by authors I'd never heard of before. Some of the books look really fantastic and I plan to read them (if I haven't already), but others look only so-so.

Strangely enough, I don't think I've ever really stumbled across a reading or book signing. Or, if I have, I haven't really been paying attention. I tend to avoid crowds so maybe that's the reason.


  1. I also tend to avoid crowds. Happy BTT.

  2. Morning Karen. Last night I decided to download an RSS feed (yes because of Bookmooch) . Now I also added your blog so that was the first thing I read this morning.

    I still have to read that book, They Cage the Animals at night. I did read a bit and thought it was good.

    Anyways. I do have some signed books. Never visited a booksigning.
    Most of them were there because I bought them on Ebay? just by accident. (Lois Duncan HB, Who Killed my Daughter is one of them.
    There are some signed books I know the author who especially signed it for me. Diane Fanning for instance. Wilton Earle.

    I do think those books more special. Not going to release the signed ones ;)

  3. I too tend to avoid crords. I did go to a Vikram Seth reading but did not get his autograph.

    He is one good writer though.

  4. I'm anti-social and avoid crowds, so I didn't have a good answer for this one other than, "no." So, if I was going to miss a BTT week, I'm glad it was this one! Hopefully some of those books you got signed at the expo will turn out to be favorites.