jason and I went down to The Bookloft to hear David Sedaris do a few readings, and then have him sign a couple of his books (well- our books actually; but he did write them, well not these ones by hand… you know what I mean). The readings were as good as expected- something very new as well as something already published… then some observations from his diary. Man he sure knows how to turn a phrase. A few questions, much humour; all outside in great weather under a full moon.
Then we waited for about three and a half hours to get the books signed, and have a short audience (not that he has any pretensions, just that the structure of that book store meant we had to wait in line, then enter the pre-chamber, before being allowed into his presence). He asked what we do; so I mentioned that I was eking out a living with CafePress and Unemployment Insurance after being laid off. He said he didn’t know what CP is (David, should you find this entry, check out my CP Shop).
He asked me about the last book signing I attended; in truth he had mentioned that earlier as a possible question, and since I had to think hard about it, I prompted him to ask me. It was Craig Russell signing his book “Craig Russell and His Ladies” for me in the Hudson Bay store in Toronto in 1979.
I would love to have stayed and chatted, but it was getting late and there were still dozens of people waiting. As I picked up our signed copies, he informed me that I would be hired on October 17 and told me the sun sign of that person. We shall see… I told him I would track him down and send him a suitable Reading Fee should it come to pass.