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And many mo-o-o-o-o-re...

Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!

I received an e-mail about an hour ago that made my day! And not in the Dirty Harry sense, either.

It was from my fave indie book store, Anderson's Bookshop, in Naperville, IL, and it was their monthly newsletter listing what authors are coming to town for signings.

I've been to several book signings in the past year, including David Sedaris, Ted Allen, and Anne Rice. Some were great (Sedaris), some were good (Allen), some were so-so (Rice).

This one is going to be ABSOLUTELY FRIGGIN' SPECTACULAR!!! Mark my words! I will guarantee it! Right here, right now! This book signing will go down in the annals of history as one of the best ever. The rest will pale in comparison (well, except Paul Davidson if he makes his way out to the Midwest for signings of The Lost Blogs).

Miscmoore1 It's one of my favorite authors, Christopher Moore, the man behind Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal. This is a book I've recommended God-only-knows how many times. I loaned my copy to someone who we lost touch with. I made sure to get back in touch with her because it was a cover that was out of print and I did not want to have to settle for the new cover. That's how much I love this novel. And he's going to be at Anderson's this Sunday at 2 p.m.

Having been to all those signings last year, I know how it works. You show up, pick up your book, get a number for the line, go eat some food, and come back and wait when the start time arrives.

Miscmoore2Since Christopher Moore is scheduled to start signing at 2, I called Anderson's to find out what time I could come in for a number. They said they now do "priority numbering" in which you can get a priority number in line if you come in and buy a book ahead of time. I didn't want to make the trek out to Naperville, but I would have if that was my only option.

Luckily, it was not. They took my order over the phone and are now reserving both his new novel, A Dirty Job, and my priority number. I have no idea what that number is and I'm sure there will be several ahead of me as he is an in-demand author (two N.Y. Times bestsellers, thus far; it might be three as I'm not sure how The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror fared) and I only found out about the signing today. I'm sure there was an announcement in the book section of The Chicago Tribune this past Sunday and I missed it.

Damn. But it will still be better than showing up on the day of and waiting for my number then.

And I will be there. I will gladly wait in line to meet him.

And my copy of Lamb will be signed!!!

I am so stoked!

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Chase

Oooooh, I'm quite thrilled for you! Actually, I hadn't heard of Moore until a few weeks ago when he was interviewed on NPR. Then, true to character, I promptly forgot his name and then all about the interview...until I read another blog last week singing his praises. I've now ordered Lamb, Dirty Job, and Fluke. YAY!

Belinda

I am envious in a way that only other people obsessed with books and out-of-print editions and signed first editions could possibly understand. I live in Arkansas, so as you can imagine, authors getting out here for signings are, well, rare. My most recent signed 1st is "Historian," and that came out almost a year ago. *sigh*

A recent hobby of mine is finding signed 1sts that are also first novels...and then waiting to see how they fare, and what sort of predictor of author success I am. Hey, some people bet on sports.

mikey

LOLOL I am still waiting for Anne Rice to sign my copy of "Queen of the Damned"

Kevin

Chase, I wasn't a huge fan of Fluke, but I loved Lamb and am looking forward to A Dirty Job. I've also read The Stupidest Angel (great Christmas read) and I'm about halfway through Bloodsucking Fiends right now. I've also got a copy of Island of the Sequined Love Nuns at home awaiting my reading.

Belinda, yeah, I'm a nut as well. I've got a signed first edition of Flight of the Intruder by Stephen Coonts (the book the movie was based on), paperback of Growing up Brady by Barry Williams, and a scriptbook of Clerks/Chasing Amy signed by Kevin Smith. Can't say I've done any speculative signature hunting, but it certainly sounds like it would be fun.

Mikey, are you waiting for her to come to you or did you send it to her and are waiting? I'm confused.

Dave2

I've met Anne Rice twice at signings, and both times she freaked me out. The first time, she took my book, looked up at me, then looked THROUGH me, signed my book, and said "thanks". Four or five years later, she took my book, DIDN'T look at me at all, but then said "good to see you again." I just kind of laughed to myself, and thought she said that to everybody... because there was no way she could possibly remember one guy years after a signing whom she only saw for a minute.

When I looked at the signature, she had inscribed it with my name... even though I never told it to her either signing.

Cue Twilight Zone music.

She HAD to have somehow overheard me talking to my friend... but still...

Christopher Moore is classic! If "Stupidest Angel" didn't hit the bestseller list, it certainly should have.

Dave2

Oh, and before I forget... the best reading/signing I have ever been to was Douglas Adams when he was signing his masterpiece "Last Chance to See" and reading from the final "Hitchhiker's" book.

So glad I got to meet him before he died (and have him sign my "Better Beezer Credit Application" from my "Bureaucracy" Infocom game that he wrote.

Carly

I totally love seeing this kind of passion about books. And not in a self-serving way, either... it's nice to know there's still people like us out there that get excited by the smell of a bookstore.

And they say print is dying. Feh!

Kevin

Dave... wait, wait, wait! You told me about your signings with Rice and that she was creepy. But I don't think you ever told me about the name thing. Okay, that's just weird. I'm going to have to go to another signing when she's back in town to test this out. "Stupidest Angel" was a funny one. Took me a while to get into it simply because the first time I tried to read it, I wasn't in a holiday mood (although this has about as much to do with the holidays as, say Bob Rivers). You're lucky to have met Douglas Adams.

Speaking of weird signings... my friend had Michael Moore sign the organ donor witness line on his driver's license since he had nothing else with him to sign.

Carly, print is far from dead in our house. Katie and I just can't really listen to audiobooks or do the whole read-on-computer thing. I prefer the feel of the pages and enjoy flipping them and looking at the spine on occasion to see how far I've progressed through the book. That kind of stuff.

We do own one audiobook and that's only because it was free in a cereal promotion (A Beautiful Mind) and we checked out all of Sedaris' audiobooks from the library because, after meeting him and having him recite some of his stories at his signing, we realized how much cooler his books are when he speaks them. But we still own all his books in print as well. I just gotta get off my lazy butt and finish reading them.

Karl Erikson

Hey there, Kevin. I'm new to your blog and just kinda sorting through it. I do have to chime in and say you're a lucky punk for having Christopher Moore come by your area. Man, I LOVED "Lamb" and, like you, I've lost copies of it when I loaned them out. (Yeah, I bought it twice.) I'm still in awe of how good that book is.

Kevin

Hey SouthernYank,

Welcome to the Borg! Sorry, bad Trekkie reference and I'm not even a Trekkie.

I loved my copy of Lamb way too much. It's the old cover with the nametag on it. And I was considering buying a new copy until I realized that all Moore's books had been put out in new editions with different covers. Now it's the cover with Josh and Biff walking off into the sunrise/sunset. I didn't want that one. So I made sure I got mine back.

And, yes, it's a spectacular book! This is one I could read way more times than is probably healthy.

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