We're there in spirit, right guys? I must admit I'm a bit jealous, and next year I'd really like to go. But for now I'm sitting in my armchair, pretending.
About the time I went to an author signing for Jennifer Weiner's book Best Friends Forever. That was the first author signing I'd been to and I didn't know quite what to expect. I wasn't disappointed.
She was a hoot, and I seriously felt like I was at a comedy club and should have paid an admission fee; that's how entertaining she was. She spoke for an hour, and I laughed so hard I cried. Raunchy is not even the word to describe her speaking manner.
Then, talk about contrast(!), last week I saw Laura Bush speak about her new book Spoken From the Heart. She was just as entertaining, but in a soft-spoken, polite, southern way.
I don't know if it's considered an author signing when the books are pre-signed, but I'm sure it had to do with security - and the sheer number of people. There were secret service and police scattered throughout the library where it was held. Still, I loved it, I loved her. She answered questions from the audience and was so down to earth. I wanted to be her friend. I'm reading her book now, and I love that I can hear her speaking voice through the words...like she's sitting next to me, telling me her story. The part about her childhood friend that was killed in an accident she caused is sad. And such a fluke the way it happened. I had no idea.
That's it as far as my experience with author signings. I can't wait for more. Richard Russo will be here next week, but I think I'll be at Lake of the Ozarks. Darn, that would have been great.
So Armchair BEA buddies, are you jealous you're not in New York or are you okay with your in-home, virtual journey? Do you plan to go next year if at all possible? With all the hoopla surrounding the event this year, I don't want to miss out again!