On November 2nd, my husband scoured the local bookstores (and I called a couple just outside of town) in search of Greg Rucka's Last Run. No one carried it. Anjin was disappointed. The one book he had been looking forward to for months was nowhere to be found. Sure, he could order it online or order it through the bookstores, but that meant waiting. And by then he wasn't exactly wanting to give them his business. I am sure many of you can relate.
Lucky for us, Greg Rucka was scheduled to make an appearance at our favorite independent bookstore in Westwood, California, a two hour drive (thanks to the traffic) into Los Angeles from where we live. We only had to wait until the 6th of November. It wasn't much of a hardship though, if you think I'm complaining--what better excuse to visit The Mystery Bookstore? And meeting Greg Rucka would be worth it.
Greg Rucka has written quite a number of books, including comic books. I've read just about all his novels, my favorites being the Queen and Country spy/espionage series, featuring Tara Chase. Last Run is the latest in the series.
Also on calendar for that hour was Michelle Gagnon, author of the Kelly Jones, FBI series. When I heard she was going to be there, I became even more excited. She was there to talk about her new book, the latest in her series, Kidnap and Ransom. I had heard about the author's books through Trish of Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? and it was on my list of series to try. I was excited to get the opportunity to meet Michelle Gagnon and to bring home a signed copy of the first book in her series, The Tunnels.
Greg Rucka and Michelle Gagnon were every bit as friendly as you might imagine--and quite funny. They played off each other well. The two authors took questions from the audience after talking a little bit about their recent releases. They discussed their research methods, where their story ideas came and about the surprising aspects of their books readers find to complain about. Everyone had a good time and Michelle Gagnon even did a bit of the Macarena for us!
You'll be happy to know I am not quite the same shy person I was a couple of years ago when approaching an author--no more hiding behind my husband, unable to say a word. I still get tongue-tied though, and why I told Michelle Trish was pregnant, I haven't a clue. That comment was totally out of the blue (didn't even mention my own condition)!
It was hard not to walk out of the store with an armload of books, especially given my current craving for crime fiction novels. Now I know how my husband must feel when I drag him to Dairy Queen (a pregnant woman's prerogative)--all those tempting choices before him, but, well, there's that darn diet to consider. I was good though. We bought only three books.
We followed our evening up with dinner at Jerry's Famous Deli before hitting the road for the long drive home. All in all, it was a pleasant afternoon and evening. The animals even forgave us for feeding them their own dinner three hours late.
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I'd love to attend an author signing, as it's always fun to meet them in person and hear about the views in their books and anything in general. Unfortunately we don't have too many of those here so I always enjoy reading posts about them from bookbloggers. :)ReplyDelete
Glad you and your husband had a great time!
What a fun evening! There is nothing quite as exciting as meeting an author you adore. And then buying books, and then having a little snack!ReplyDelete
That sounds like so much fun! I usually blurt out things totally off the wall too, so don't feel bad. I'm sure they're used to it.ReplyDelete
This sounds like it was a great day! I love meeting authors and always get so excited and gushy when I get the chance to meet an author I love. I say some pretty bizarre stuff too, so don't feel bad. So glad that you got the chance to attend this event, and thanks for sharing it with us!ReplyDelete
Sounds like so much fun! And to end the evening with Jerry's Deli? Yummy!ReplyDelete
This sounds like a fun time. I wish my husband wanted to meet authors and read as much as I do!!ReplyDelete
Sounds like you had a lovely day.ReplyDelete
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I'm glad to hear you had a good time, Wendy! And I'm also glad you're no longer so shy these days. Maybe that means there's hope for me in the future :PReplyDelete
It sounds like a fun mini-trip! This past weekend I drove 2.5-3 hours (each way!) to visit an Alpaca farm with my Mom so she could by some yarn. lolReplyDelete
Sounds like a fabulous day. I wish I had more chances to see authors around here, but I'm not that lucky.ReplyDelete
We had such a fun time. We don't go to author signings too often, but we always have fun when we do. Not to mention it's been way too long since we were last able to visit The Mystery Bookstore.ReplyDelete
Thank you all for your great comments!
What fun! I wish I was there...ReplyDelete
The most memorable bookish event I've attended was the Joan Hon Book Talk last month.
Sounds like a great day to me!ReplyDelete