Thursday, October 11, 2007
Booking Through Thursday; Pat Jones OSU Football Coach
I said in August, when we talked about fan mail, that I planned on expanding that to live meetings when the time was right. Well, that time is now!
* Have you ever met one of your favorite authors? Gotten their autograph?
* How about an author you felt only so-so about, but got their autograph anyway? Like, say, at a book-signing a friend dragged you to?
* How about stumbling across a book signing or reading and being so captivated, you bought the book?
Ok, Here is one where 1-I had never read the author, 2-wouldn't recognize the author if you saw the person, 3-don't give a flip about what the author is writing about, and 4-am not even sure if you can remember the author's name. I was at Borders one night about 3 months ago with my elderly mother-in-law. I left her in the car (car was running but locked) and I ran in to purchase two known (as in I wasn't browsing) books. I was totally rushing trying to find the 'teen' section (don't ask) and I ran across a book signing that was taking place next to the teen section. What was amazing was that it was a group of people that you would not see in Borders on a weeknight. It was men from varying ages of retirement to my sons' age. They all were smiling, holding their books and listening to a very ordinary gentleman who looked like any other normal Oklahoman. He had on a plaid shirt and blue jeans, his arms were crossed and he was leaning back in his chair. I'm not sure if I can describe the looks on the 'fans' faces but I had to buy his book for this reason alone. He very kindly signed it with a "Merry Christmas" so I can give it as a gift if I'm so inclined. Mr. Jones is terribly charismatic and that sold me!