I don't go as much as I would like to. Even our local libraries hold meet the author events, but they are all in the evenings when it's a bit of a busy routine at home, getting the kids fed, bathed, ready for the next day, homework and bed. I've met some children's books authors at Book Festivals over the past years, but would love to meet a lot more.
I went to the midnight release of 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows'. J.K. Rowling wasn't there, but it was a big moment. I've also been to a film & comic convention that had an author's panel, and book signing. I met Meg Rosoff, who signed my copy of 'How I Live Now'
I've been to a couple. Given an opportunity to talk one on one with one of my favourite authors I tend to clam up and forget what I wanted to say or say something really dumb, so I prefer to just hear them talk about their work. It's fascinating to hear why they made certain decisions and how the book changed between the first draft and publication.
Yes, definitely. It's such a thrill to meet your favourite author, especially for kids. I have taken my girls to meet Dutch author Dick Bruna (the author of Miffy), Andy Griffiths, Richard Blackburn and John Green (whilst filming The Fault in our Stars in Amsterdam). Of course, it does not always necessarily turn out the way you would have liked (you only have to watch the movie The Fault in our Stars) but that is probably an exception.
The best opportunity you’ll ever have to meet one of your favourite authors is at the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF). Authors I met there are Anita Heiss, Ian Lowe and Witi Ihimaera (author of Whale Rider) to name just a few.
The Brisbane Writers Festival 2014 is held from 3 to 7 September, so grab the books from your bookcase or buy them at the State Library Bookshop and line up at the Book Signing where the authors will write a personal note just for you inside your favourite book.
And should you wish to get really up close and personal with the authors, volunteering at BWF is the way to do it! For more information, go to http://bwf.org.au/get-involved/volunteers/. Main program to be released soon.
I ran into an author doing a signing once at a local mall where I grew up. Her table was lined with her newest book but there was not a soul looking. The author looked bored and I can only assume that she was used to the lack of interest because she looked resigned to the lack of people. I checked the book out, it was a YA fantasy novel and it looked like a fun read. I bought two copies, one for me and one for my brother, who was a baby at the time. The author signed both copies. When my brother was old enough, my mom read it to him and they both loved it. Later my mom bought both my brother and I the sequel. They both loved the series, and weirdly enough, I have never read either. I don't know why I haven't read them, they still look like fun reads.
No. Well no-one famous. My friend & I attended a signing, & bought the little paperback book from the author who was my 'teacher' at a very small writing group I attended, a long time ago for about 1 month. I haven't read the book either, but she wrote a 2nd book shortly afterwards I think, & then not long after that she died. She was in her 80's when she wrote her 1st book.