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Subject: Authors you've met
Date Posted: 6/5/2008 10:28 AM ET
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I thought it would be fun to talk about experiences we've had meeting our favorite authors. They don't seem to come up to my neck of the woods, so I haven't gotten the chance to meet many. I've only met Michael Chabon. I got him to sign my copy of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.  He was the nicest guy. How about you?

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 10:34 AM ET
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Oh i WISH!!! NO authors ever come to Pittsburgh!! I've been trying to figure out a way to get some of my favorite books signed and wondered if I should take a chance on mailing it to the author/publisher with a postage return envelope in the hopes that I will get my wish!

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 11:58 AM ET
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In one week I met C.J. Box and Craig Johnson at the same uber-cool indy bookstore in Denver. I happened into a new Borders and saw Stephen White but didn't get a chance to meet him. I was going to go hear Elizabeth George a couple of weeks ago but life got in the way. Fortunately for me, a lot of authors come to Denver. :)
Date Posted: 6/5/2008 11:59 AM ET
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I've met Pat Conroy (I'm originally from Charleston and my father was at The Citadel at the same time as Conroy) and he was very nice. I also met Anne Rice at a signing in Charleston way back during the Vampire Lestat signing tour (1985 I think). The signing was very atmosphereic to say the least: dim lighting, lots of candles, she was dressed in head to toe black and velvet and arrived in a horse drawn carriage. She was nice but, not surprisingly, odd.

I've not met any others in person, but do have a semi-regular email exchage with a few (Jeff Strand, Jack Kerley & Cody McFadyen) who are quite funny and amazingly candid.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:01 PM ET
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The only author I've met is Anne Lamott...she did a reading in Columbus 12 years ago, and I went to see her and took my copy of Bird by Bird, which she signed for me. She's reserved, but pleasant and funny.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:25 PM ET
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Only fortunate to have met two, and talk about nothing in common! Scotty Moore, Elvis' first guitar player who wrote his story in That's Alright, Elvis and Mort Kunstler who did fantastic Civil War paintings.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 12:57 PM ET
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I met Wally Lamb before. He was very nice.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 1:06 PM ET
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Wait!!! I lied.

In college, they alwasy pick a book of the year.  I met Marie Arana and Naomi Shihab Nye

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 1:18 PM ET
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I went to college with Robert O'Connor (Buffalo Soldiers). We were in a writing class together. The only thing I remember about him was that he was really weird.

A couple of my professors were published but it was all non-fiction.

David Kirk (the Miss Spider books) is our neighbor and his daughter is in my son's class at school.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 2:04 PM ET
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I met Laura Zigman through one of these bookclub sites. Our bookclub lives near her, so we decided to meet her in Chili's. We read Animal Husbandry in the bookclub, and she stayed for 2 hours. A year later we read Peice of Work and she came back, this time at someon'e house.


Date Posted: 6/5/2008 2:09 PM ET
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I started out collecting autographed, first edition books and I planned on making it to  a lot of book signings, but it kind of fell to the wayside. Still time though. Joyce Meyers, one of my favorite authors, did a book signing here in Tacoma, Wa and I was very upset I didn't make it. Life got in the way. How do I find these book signings in advance?  I'm the type of person who needs to plan things ahead of time... Help?

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 2:11 PM ET
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Two ways I know of:

1) Check with the website of the publisher for signing tour dates when you know a new book is coming out

2) Check the indivdual author's website for their book signing tour dates.

I don't think there are many authors these days who don't have websites and they always list their book signing tour dates well in advance.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 4:35 PM ET
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I have met David Sedaris a couple of times after attending his readings.  He is in person like he is in his books.  He personalized an autograph in Barrel Fever for me and it said something funny... unfortunately, the book is with my ex-husband.  :-\


I have also met Russell Banks and Earnest Gaines, also following readings.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 5:38 PM ET
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I met John Grisham at several different signings of his first few books.  At that time, the lines were very short.  However, as he became more popular, the signatures became illegible. and the lines much longer.  I think that he still goes to about 6 independent bookstores.  These are the ones that gave him a signing before he was well-known.  He was very nice and personable.  My youngest daughter (now 26) was always disappointed because he teasingly said that he would write a book with a character that she could play in a movie.

At English conferences, I also met (at book signings) Avi, Lois Lowrey, Sara Holbrook and others (these are authors of YA lit or poetry).  All very friendly.  The only unfriendly author that I've met was Robert Newton Peck.  I'll always love his A Day No Pigs Would Die, but he was arrogant, rude, and a name dropper. 

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 6:44 PM ET
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Being a librarian who attends library conferences, I've met a lot of authors.  I've found all of them to be very nice people.  Let's see, the list includes:

M.E. Kerr (hilarious, dry wit!) ~ Gloria Whelan ~ Christopher Paul Curtis ~ Nancy Pearl ~ Laurie Halse Anderson ~ Chris Crutcher ~ Tomie de Paola ~ Tom Grace ~ Lev Raphael ~ Doug Allyn ~ Gretchen Laskas ~

Loren Estleman and his wife Deborah Morgan are friends, but I haven't seen them since I moved from Michigan to W.Va.  They are GREAT fun to hang with!!


Date Posted: 6/6/2008 12:35 AM ET
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I've met Eloisa James - I'm a member on her bulletin board and she had a get together in Chicago (she was at a conference there) for the BB members in her hotel suite.   There were about 10 or so of us there, we chatted, she gave away and signed books, took pictures, told stories of her "other" life as a professor at Fordham University.  She was incredibly gracious.

Lance Herdegen is an author who has written several books about the US Civil War, particularly the Iron Brigade. I took a course in Civil War Studies from him when I was in college.   He wasn't a professor - he actually worked in the PR department at my college - but they let him teach the course because he was published and quite an expert.  Now he has a whole department of Civil War studies at the college. 
I've "met" and chatted with many different authors in cyberspace -

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 9:08 AM ET
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I've met quite a few, from a previous job that involved dealing with visiting celebs, and at book fairs and bookstore signings.

  Some who stand out are Dave Barry, Ad Hudler, Carl Hiassen and Bob Morris, all three super-nice guys. I also met the late Walter Farley, who wrote the Black Stallion horse book series for young adults. He was one of the most charming people ever, not just limited to authors!

  One who was somewhat disappointing: Sharyn McCrumb (and I loved her ballad series). JImmy Buffett was also quite less than charming.

  And although it sounds like a stereotype, it really does tend to be true: The bigger authors who have real publishers, with national distribution (vs. self-published or limited/local pub) are far easier to deal with that the local /less famous authors.

  And (off-topic but I couldn't resist) although I was quite the little rock-and-roller, it's amazing to me how much nicer, and how better with their fans, country music stars are than rock stars. Even the biggest country names, people like Willie Nelson, happily have much more fan interaction than the rockers.

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Date Posted: 6/6/2008 12:33 PM ET
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I've met Diana Gabaldon at book signings several times.  She's really nice, very gracious, and rather petite.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 5:47 PM ET
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I met Philip Gulley at a book signing. He only lives about 50 miles from here. (In Indiana) Also, I went to high school with Dan Simmons. He was two years behind me and dated one of my best friends. They are still friends and have kept in touch, but I haven't seen him since about 1966.


Date Posted: 6/6/2008 6:10 PM ET
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Paul Fleischman, he helped present a huge book grant to our library and  then talked about the process of writing. He was great and I so loved his talk because I soooo got it and know it has helped my writing process.

Also know childrens author Carol Diggery Sheilds- Saturday night at the dinosaur stomp, I am a princess and my fave Food Fight!!  She helps with doing story times at various libraries in my county.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 8:22 PM ET
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DS and I met Brian Jacques (Redwall) at a book signing.  He was very funny, and sooo good with the little kids! He told us stories from his boyhood.  A very nice man!   :)

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 10:27 PM ET
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The only authors I've met are in my academic field (although it's still really exciting to meet someone who wrote a textbook or journal article that you absolutely loved!). :)

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Date Posted: 6/6/2008 10:28 PM ET
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Mary Kay Andrews/Kathy Hogan Trochek lives in my neighborhood and I met her once at a friend's house.  I occasionally see her at the post office or, just this week, hanging out at the pool, although I don't know her to speak to her.

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 10:48 PM ET
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I met Joe R. Lansdale a couple of years ago and he was great.  Funny, open, and approachable. 

I know Gabrielle Chabonnet, who co-authored Sundays at Tiffany's with James Patterson.  She's a very, very nice lady. 

I've met Mike Krzyzewski, who's mainly a basketball coach, but has written a couple of books.  I like him a lot despite the fact that he coaches the competition.   :)

Nicki, I hadn't thought about academic authors!  I've met a bunch of those.  Of course, I also have to include my husband in that crowd. 

Date Posted: 6/6/2008 11:27 PM ET
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I've met a few big-name historians, who most people probably haven't read. But I was super excited to meet the people whose books I had been reading in graduate school! :D

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