Sunday, June 13, 2010

Pam Grier - An Icon is Coming

Pam Grier will be reading and signing her autobiography Foxy: My life In Three Acts at Borders Buckhead in Atlanta,GA. June 16th at 7:30pm. I loved Foxy and I am ready to fan gush.Which means all my words will be jumbled or I will forget how to speak all together. I always enjoying going to booksignings and working them. As a fan, I love getting a chance to meet authors whose work I enjoy. As a bookseller I get a thrill out of watching customers meet authors they like. For some its an event. They drove a long way and its the first signing they've ever been to. So its pretty cool to watch them leave happy with an autograph and a picture.

Three authors I loved meeting. Valarie Boyd, who wrote Wrapped in Rainbows. A biography on Zora Neale Hurston. Laura Lippman, a mystery author. I've been to two of her signings. Sarah Dessen a young adult author. All three were very nice and I was happy to be there.

I never had a bad experience with an author until a few months ago. I don't expect a conversation but a halfway decent hello would've been nice. It was a real let down. Their indifference was just plan ugly. In the end that's what really got me, they couldn't even bothered to fake it. I didn't want to keep the book and be reminded of that moment, so I gave it away about five blocks later.

Which authors did you love meeting?
Which authors did you not like meeting? Did you stop reading their books?


Cassy said...

Some years ago, I got to attend a presentation by Jonathan Kozol. He was great and his message stays with me in my work as a teacher and advocate. When his talk was over, I took my copy of "The Shame of the Nation" up to him, and asked if he'd sign it for me. Well, he took the time to ask me about ME! He asked me where I teach, who was in my classroom, what my kids were "dealing with"... and while we talked he dedicated my book to me... and drew a picture of me with a halo around my head. :) It's one of my most prized memories...

Doret said...

CasSy - That is so cool. Kozol is a pretty big deal. I always love hearing stories like this. Thank you for sharing. It made me smile

Anonymous said...

I haven't met too many authors, I usually get tongue-tie. Most if not all have been pleasant, even if not conversational.