Thursday, June 11, 2009

David Sedaris author signing

One of the joys of working in a bookstore is being on hand when authors come to talk about their books. Last week we were very excited about David Sedaris coming to the store. He did not disappoint, he was fabulous. As we all anticipated his talk was entertaining, funny and a tad risqué which was great fun. He read from new material and his diary entries which whetted our appetite and interest in reading his books. He was patient with the audience questions and handled them in his own magical manner. After the reading he was very patient signing and talking with his fans until close to midnight, never hurrying anyone and always funny and polite. Many people have probably read his clever pieces in the New Yorker, but last Thursday he did not throw out condoms, but talked about some of his favorite writers. I loved this. I’m always fascinated to hear what writers are reading, plus he mentioned one of my favorite authors, Tobias Wolff. The other two he passionately talked about were Adrian LeBlanc and Aleksandar Hemon. I just started Hemon’s new book of stories, Love and Obstacles. Each story is better than the preceding one, love to discover new authors. Sedaris is a charmer and a real pro at his author signing gig.

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