Many of the books on our bookshelves are signed because we either know the author or have met the author or have been forced to attend very awkward social gatherings with authors either due to work or school. My favourite ones based on story alone (as in, the story about the signing vs. the book--though I love their books too) are Jasper Fforde, Norton Juster, David Malouf, Paul Muldoon and then the two I am going to show today: David Sedaris and Mark Leyner.
(Ignore the fact that I tucked this copy of the book between a lot of Israeli fiction. Also ignore the fact that I seem to own copious amounts of A.B.Yehoshua)
We went to hear David Sedaris read from Me Talk Pretty One Day back in 2000. It was when Josh and I were engaged but not yet married. After the reading, I wanted to get my book signed, but Josh felt awkward about waiting around to talk to David Sedaris. We actually had a question about Sedaris's Baltimore reading the next day, but Josh felt shy asking it. So I busted up to the table after the crowd had cleared and asked the question for Josh.
I also asked him to sign my book and Sedaris asked me if I wanted anything specific beyond my name. I said, "can I choose anything?" And he said, "you can choose anything--I'll write it." So I said, "I want it to say, "to Melissa, the bravest woman in the world." He scrawled it across the page and handed the book back to me. Then he asked for my book again and added two words and handed it back again. This is what it now said:
He said even if it wasn't true, it made for a better story. And so it does.
The Mark Leyner reading was during college in Madison, Wisconsin at Canterbury's bookstore. He mentioned during the reading that he had stolen something from the hotel he had stayed in prior to Madison and planned on giving it to someone during the reading. After the reading, I went to get two books signed. He was about to sign the first one without looking at me, but then suddenly looked up and startled. He reached into his bag and pulled out a shoe horn.
"I'm so glad you came up to have your book signed. I wasn't sure if you had stuck around after the reading and I wanted to give this to you--the shoe horn I stole from the other hotel. I had noticed you in the second row."
Hence my first book is signed:
Afterwards, my friend and I got coffee in the cafe and he joined us at our table for a few minutes. I still have the shoe horn.
What are you showing today?
Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:
- Bloorb This!
- Lee's Things
- Worth it All
- Mixing it Up
- The Problem with Hope
- Who Shot My Stork?
- Age 30 - A Year of Books
- Busted Babymaker
- The Sweet Life
- Imagine Alyzabeth An
- Flutter of Hope
- Of Love and Loss
- Life After Infertility and Loss
- Slaying, Blogging, Whatever...
- Kore Chronicles
- Churp, Churp
- Weebles Wobblog
- Creating Motherhood
- Lupus Pie
- The Road Less Travelled
- One Hardy Swimmer
- Punch Drunk
- Baby, Borneo, or Bust
- Living with the Cards I was Dealt
- Bee Bangbage
- Working on It
- The Life and Times of Me
- It is Written in the Stars Above
- Mommy Sparklykatt
- Spuddy Buddy
- The Making of a Family
- What Wuz I Saying?
- Relaxing Doesn't Make Babies
- I'm a Smart One
- Hurry Up n Wait
- Stop the Train, I Wanna Get Off...
- Serenity Now!
- Fractured Rainbows
- I Won't Fear Love
- The Only Constant is Change
- Fertile Ramblings
- The Therapist is In
- Who's next? Anyone? Anyone? Don't be shy--just bring your item to the front of the room. I may be a little slow on moving people into the post, but don't worry--if you leave a comment with a link to your post, I will move it up during the day. Oh, and you're not late at all unless you're reading this Tuesday evening and then...well...yes, it is a bit late for this installment, but why don't you hold off and post it next weekend and add it then?
Want to bring something to Show and Tell?
- If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Sunday (or earlier in the weekend or on Monday if you can't do Sunday), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything--a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn't need to contain a picture if you can't get a picture--you can simply tell a story about a single item.
- Label your post "Show and Tell" each week and then come back here and add the permalink in the comments section below (make sure you don't just comment that you participated: add a link to your blog in your comment so people can click over). I post a new Show and Tell post every Saturday night or Sunday. I usually move people up into the body of the post every few hours.
- Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week.
- If you want it...
I've now placed a Show and Tell archive on the sidebar that will be updated each week in case you miss it. And click here for the icon code if you wish to have it for your blog. It links to the archives.