Guess what's up? The BEA's list of author autographing
, that's what! In three parts, just to make it difficult -- for Traditional, Sunday, and In-Booth.
*peruses all sixty-plus pages happily* *reports findings more or less in order*
Barbara Boxer! Signing a novel "of political intrigue." Have you ever noticed that political novels are never about anything other
than "intrigue?" Isn't there another noun we could use?
*peruses more* *giggles* Donald L. Boisvert, Sanctity of Male Desire, A Gay Reading of Saints
"Explores the connection between devotion to saints and homo erotic desire." (m_shell
: Do you want that just because it has the word homoerotic in it? Me: Well, yes.)
Hey, a picture-book biography of Albert Einstein! Get your kids hooked on physics early. Also, many opportunities to draw a man with really poofy hair.
Bruce Coville's signing again ... I swear he hasn't been there in ten years. (I had him sign Aliens Ate My Homework
lo these many years ago.)
Laurent De Brunhoff is signing a Babar book. *wants* (Laurent is the de Brunhoff child that Jean and Cecile originally told the stories to. His dad Jean wrote and illustrated the first six Babar books, and Laurent took over when his dad died incredibly young -- 35 or something.)
Ooooh! Ooooh! Barbara Ehrenreich is signing her new book! Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
"Bestselling author of Nickel & Dimed
undercover again to do for middle class what she did for the working poor." In pre-press, yet. Doesn't come out until September. Wouldn't that make you feel special?
Neil Gaiman's gonna be signing an Anansi Boys
chapbook, and also Mirror Mask
. (Want to make your admission back three times over? Sell this on Ebay.)
Daniel Handler, signing the Twelfth Book in the Series of Unfortunate Events, which seems to be as yet untitled -- it's not out until October, so it really may have no title to date. (I take it back -- sell this
on Ebay. He only signs about once a year.)
Gregory Maguire signing the sequel to Wicked
-- Son of a Witch
. (Ha, ha.) Taking advantage of the musicals's popularity, I'd wager.
*snerk* "Fiction about Hank Williams' gay costume designer turned vampire." Called The Haunted Hillbilly
. (As m_shell
said, "the things that get published.") Also on the subject of "the things that get published," we have Dorm Room Feng Shui
. "Quick and innovative fixes designed to cure any student's troubles." (I wonder if they mention, say, studying?)
TAMORA PIERCE! Signing The Will of the Empress
. I shall squee any moment now. *bounces* Alanna was my childhood hero. I still have all of her books, even the Daine ones that nobody seems to like. (Also, the book's not coming out until NOVEMBER.)
TERRY PRATCHETT! The Ps are clearly a good letter here, because PTerry is signing Thud!
, which doesn't come out until October, and which features Commander Vimes again.
Kathy Reichs, who I will be amused to meet as she's a colleague of my (third) adviser -- she does forensic anth, and she writes
forensic anth, which puts her far ahead of the Patricia Cornwells of the world.
Hmmm, Robert Sabuda's doing a pop-up about dinosaurs. Innnnteresting... (Robert Sabuda does those faaaabulously complicated pop-up books.)
Jon Scieszka's gonna be there. He wrote the Stinky Cheese Man
and the True Story of the Three Little Pigs
. Remember those?
And Maurice Sendak! Signing Bears
. This is a kick-ass year for my childhood memories, obviously.
Oooh! Jonathan Stroud's signing the third book (Ptolemy's Gate
) in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. We have the first one (The Amulet of Samarkand
) signed from two years ago.
Gary Trudeau (Doonsebury) and Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug) and John McPherson (Close to Home). And other cartoonists that I don't much like, like Cathy Guisewite, who's there EVERY year.
Wynona Judd "reveals her heartbreaks and her triumphs in this no-holds-barred memoir." Which I'm sure
she wrote herself. Yeeesh. Spike Lee also has a memoir, but I bet he can actually write.
Heh. C.L. Lindsay, The College Student's Guide to the Law
. "Get a grade changed, keep your stuff private, throw a "police-free" party, and more!" Oh, if I had only had that book, I wouldn't have got into any ... wait. Actually, I never did get into any trouble. Oh well.
This actually sounds quite interesting: Betsy Burton, The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller
"The trials, triumphs and the complexities of staying afloat as an independent in the world of chains and superstores."
NANCY DREW GRAPHIC NOVELS? Oh, lord, the world is coming to an end.
Also: Orson Scott Card, signing something that seems to be more young-adulty than most of his books. Cornelia Funke, author of Inkheart
, signing the sequel Inkspell
. Kyle Baker and Frank Miller and Brad Meltzer and many other graphic novelists. Bill Griffiths signing a Zippy collection. Bob Gruen, who did a photo-book of Lennon in NYC. Many NYT bestsellers, few of whom I've heard of, which just goes to show. Carl Hiassen signing something published by Random House Children's Division - huh. George R.R. Martin signing excerpts of a book that's already out -- lame. (They call it "long-awaited," yet. No-one's still waiting, thanks.) A biography of Buster Keaton. Laura Numeroff's signing If You Give a Pig a Party
from her endless series of If You Give an X a Y
books. Joyce Carol Oates will be there. Also giggle-worthy, At Knit's End
-- meditations for the yarn-obsessed. R.A. Salvatore, but it's a book that's already out. And Debbie Stoller's signing SnB Nation
-- I expect long lines, man. Kevin J. Anderson, who's trying to out-Asimov Asimov, quantitatively speaking, is signing a Dune-based book. Tom Wolfe, writing about the university experience. Nick Hornby, who wrote About a Boy
. Timothy Leary! Signing a new edition of Start Your Own Relgion
-- now there's a blast from the past. Carl Reiner, doing a kids book about the 2000-year-old man.
You know you want to go, don't you? *tempts whole flist* And you can! It's in June! It's easy! All those books are FREE except for some standing in line after you pay the $70 to get in!