I’m a book nerd. There is no doubt about it. I’m a groupie. Not that I’ve met that many authors. But given the chance, I’m going to do my best to get authographs. Usually, my best chance is to get authors who’ve written books in my field. Let’s face it, not a lot of mental health workers are standing in line with their copy of Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness, in hand for Jon Kabat-Zinn to sign. So I have my collection of signed “work books” that I’m very cautious about loaning to my co-workers.
I only have one non-work author autograph and it is a prize. A few years back I went to see David Sedaris in Madison. To quote Frankie Valli, “Oh what a night.” David Sedaris is the kind of person who is genuine and he just seems like he would be a great best friend. I even sent him a fan letter. Yes, I’m blushing right now. So how excited was I that I got a typewritten letter back. Not a printed letter off a computer, but a typewritten letter just like David Sedaris talks about in his stories. Okay, now I know I’ve gone over the edge. Still here is the evidence. My David Sedaris shadow box with the book he autographed and the letter he sent me.
No, he has not taken a restraining order out on me…yet. He’s coming back to Madison and I have tickets.
However, I now have the opportunity to
stalk meet other authors. Kathleen Kent author of The Heretic’s Daughter is coming to the Edgerton Book fair at the end of the month. Jojo Moyes author of Me Before You and The Girl Left Behind will be at the Madison Library in a few weeks. Ruth Ozeki author of A Tale for the Time Being is coming to the university in Madison in October. Oh and did I mention that David Sedaris author of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, is coming back to Madison? Oh the luscious author joy.
Of course this now means I need to read all of these books because I can’t possibly try to meet these authors and not have a cogent thought or comment to make. So my reading plan for the next month has taken a sharp turn to the left. In order, I will be reading The Heretic’s Daughter, Me Before You and A tale for the Time Being. I already own all these books so I’ll be prepared to get autographs. I’ll also be reading the book chosen by my lovely readers in the poll in my Contemplating August post. The winner is… The Wife, The Maid, and The Mistress by Ariel Lawhon.
I’ll be posting pictures of autographs and if lucky enough authors as they become available. Wish me luck!
A Geek in Chic’s clothing,