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Midnight signing party for Turn Coat

Borders in Oak Brook had a midnight reading/signing party for Turn Coat, the eleventh Harry Dresden book. Author Jim Butcher was in sweet home Chicago for it.

I wandered over just in case Jim needed bums in seats, but it turned out he already had a great crowd. I gave my card to one of the Customer Service people and they brought me back and I chatted with Jim for a few minutes before he had to be on, so that was fun. Very nice, humble guy. I got the feeling he'd much rather spend 20 minutes talking about his son than his books. He did tell me a funny story about how the Codex Alera books were the result of an internet argument.

I didn't stay for the event. It was late, I'm not big on crowds and I already got my chat in with Jim. It's interesting to compare and contrast a Jim Butcher in store event with an E.E. Knight appearance:

Jim ButcherE.E. Knight
AttendanceSix hundred people, half in costume.
  • One reader (yay!)
  • a woman in the back who needs somewhere to sit while she reads text messages on her cellphone and cries
  • a guy who owes my dad a favor
  • a writer trying to pitch his photobook project of "lost pet" posters
ActivityHand cramps up from signing hardcovers.        Directs people to bathroom.
Frequently asked questionWhen is your next book coming out?        How much do you have to pay to get your books published?
Books soldOver a thousand.         Three, two to himself.

Comments

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eeknight
Apr. 7th, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Was it your fake Hollywood producer card, or did the E.E. Knight Author at Large work?

Visa. He bought something nice at Red Envelope before taking me back to see Jim.
jesshartley
Apr. 7th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Jim is one of the nicest people (let alone writers) that I've ever met. I'm glad you got a chance to meet him.

I would totally come to one of your signings too. :)
eeknight
Apr. 7th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
bladededge
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
I say ditto this on you signing, and I am sad I have not yet had the chance to meet Jim Butcher...as I want to, very much. :D
kwayera
Apr. 7th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't be so stuffy. If you came to Australia, I'd throw you a party! :p But nooooo, you have to stay in the continental US...
eeknight
Apr. 7th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Would you make me a Vegemite sandwich?
kwayera
Apr. 11th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
I'd even supply the Tim Tams.
n5red
Apr. 7th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
Hey! I have seven of The Vampire Earth books and four of The Age of Fire.
eeknight
Apr. 7th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
And my gratitude. Don't forget my gratitude.
darkchallenger
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'm going to Jim's signing in Roseville tomorrow. He was at Th Uncles a couple of years ago and I got to chat with him for quite a bit. Very nice man. This will put Jim at 2 signngs I've attended, while I believe you hold the lead with 3. The two of you at the same time would be a lot of fun.
eeknight
Apr. 7th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'd do it if Jim would agree. I could open up his books for him so he could sign faster.
ericavdg
Apr. 7th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
If you come to the Washington, DC, area I'll come to your signing. I promise not to cry. But I would invite you to dinner and bake you a cake. (Ask n5red about my cakes!)
eeknight
Apr. 7th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
I love. . . cake.

(if you get that reference I'll send you something!)
mpelegrimas
Apr. 7th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
I love....lamp?
ericavdg
Apr. 14th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Alas, I don't get the reference. But my curiosity is piqued (has been for days now, was out of town and didn't have time to reply); what is it?
rarelylynne
Apr. 7th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Shameless E.E. Promotion
I like signings with you so much I made my own! (Well, for my town)...

http://www.dkpl.org/servicesdis.asp
eeknight
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Shameless E.E. Promotion
Way to earn that bequest. Shake those databases, baby.
rarelylynne
Apr. 7th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Shameless E.E. Promotion
Aw, yeah. Sassy Librarian Databases FTW!
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eeknight
Apr. 7th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
It added a note of drama rare to an E.E. Knight event.
dracco37
Apr. 7th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
If I ever happen to back north during one of your signings, I'll bring my kindle and request you sign it EEK! Knight!!!

:-D
burger_eater
Apr. 8th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
I'm glad that my years of writing at Starbucks have given me a deft hand in directing people to bathrooms.
varjosusi
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Sadly, I live a bit far away to get to any signings by you :( Can't afford to drive from Oklahoma just for that :P
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