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.
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).
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.
Since 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!