Having trekked to downtown Minneapolis in a furious wind and scurried around construction projects, I have just procured not one, but two brand new books! I haven’t gone book shopping in a long time (part of the recession, you know), so it was fun to go to Barnes and Noble and scope out the scene. They have a really odd selection of bargain books — I noted several on Jesus as management guru, at least one on cannibalism, and the usual variety of remainder books.
I had time to peruse the bargain section as I waited in line for John Sandford to autograph a copy of his latest book, Wicked Prey, which came out today and which is a perfect birthday present for my stepdad Bill. Fortunately for me, I’m not going to see Bill for two weeks, so I have plenty of time to preview the book for him. 🙂 Overheard in line while waiting: “He looks just like his picture.” Indeed.
I also managed to score a copy of my friend Sarah Prineas’s undoubtedly awesome new book, The Magic Thief: Lost. Sarah’s book website is here, and I have a link to her blog on my regular page, too. I was super excited when Sarah’s first book came out last summer — I had never known a real, live author before (I don’t count my professors in college who wrote books that no one needs to read). I bought copies for everyone I knew and got Sarah to personalize each of them. Once I plow my way through this one, I’ll write it up. Although the series is for young adults, I really enjoyed the first book and I am looking forward to reading the next one. And this time, I know to read the secret runes as I go along!
Sidenote on book signings: I’ve been to a few book signings before, each more interesting than the one today, which was uber efficient. One was with David Sedaris, who read at the University of Iowa my freshman year. I waited about an hour outside Prairie Lights after the reading to have a copy of Me Talk Pretty One Day. Finally, as I got to the table where Sedaris was chain smoking (he had brought a tiny ashtray), I saw a fishbowl filled with candy and a picture plastered on the side with a horrendous vision of dental hygiene gone awry. Above the photo was a sign that read: “F*ck your dentist.” Sedaris took time to ask me a little about myself; I think I must have told him something about wanting to work in politics someday. So, he inscribed, “Lauren – We need more people like you in Washington. David Sedaris.” Definitely memorable, and one more reason to keep re-reading David Sedaris.