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Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by RichardX, Mar 4, 2014.
Wasn't that addressed in the "Things Stephen King will Not do thread?"
Holy crap! I used to drive through Havelock all the time on Hwy 7 - nifty! (I lived in Belleville Ontario when I was posted to Trenton). My parents lived in Orillia! Nice little town, I must say
I was born and raised in TO. But I've seemingly migrated further and further east over the years. And I know that's the first time I've heard the words Holy crap and nifty used in relation to Havelock.
Sorry Ms. Mod. I may have started something, but I just got carried away.
I used to drive by and wonder about that town - the way it seems to be all laid out along a railway track - of course this was back in the 80s and I am sure it has grown substantially since then.
I was born and raised in TO myself but then after being in the military and spending the first 10 years in Ontario at various bases the had to go and post us out West in Edmonton - quite a culture shock, it was
You'd be surprised at how little some of the towns along the number 7 have changed. The populations have remained static for decades. It's almost as if they are still just way-stations.
Awesome about the signing. He looked like he was having fun. He went old school, which is cool! ha!
Maybe there was way too much publicity over in Europe in Paris and Germany (although he enjoyed visiting the America base!) so I guess old school feels better now
He should come to Tillsonburg, Ontario!! They just renovated the Library here, it's a nice little community! When I read his books it always reminds me of growing up in my little town! Even the creepiness haha and like Stomping Tom said "Tillsonburg, my back still aches when I hear that word!"
Interesting thread about book signings. A few thoughts:
There is one other option for the signings not mentioned in the original post (King won't like this one): do like Howard Stern did when he did his first book signing and simply try to accommodate everyone. I'll have to look up old articles, but I believe he actually stayed for hours and signed thousands of books (I think it was said no one could really talk to him and he started to just initial stuff at some point).
Has Stephen King ever written a story about a book signing? I myself would like to write a story not so much about a book signing, but about waiting in line for a video-game console, except it wouldn't be a video-game console, it would be something sinister, perhaps never explained. Then again, that probably has already been done.
These days, I'm not really into meeting celebrities and getting autographs, the whole celebrity thing is starting to get a bit overrated (the real person I would love to celebrate someday is the person who comes up with cures for major diseases). That being said, I have always enjoyed and treasured the responses I got from Mr. King before he got really famous.
The one exception to what I just wrote is Dan Aykroyd; I would love to properly meet and hang out with him someday, hear some of his showbiz stories. I did get his autograph once at a signing for his vodka (and I'm a teetotaler), but it was a quick thing, which was fine. For various reasons, he is perhaps one of the coolest people on the planet (not as cool as the hypothetical cure-major-disease gal or guy, though).
Do you have the crystal (well glass, actually) skull with the vodka in it? I bought one of those but never did go get it autographed when he came to town.
I have never cracked it open but I suppose some day I may sample it - it cost 50 bucks!
Yes, I do have the crystal skull containing the vodka. It was pre-signed by Mr. Aykroyd (at least, I am pretty sure it is an actual signature and not a stamp, as I did not see him sign this; does yours have an autograph on the back, or is it clear?). He had signed the album sleeve of my copy of "Briefcase Full of Blues." Meeting him was a lot of fun, but I don't like crowds these days. It was a calm, convivial line, but I get anxious in the presence of large gatherings; doubt I would ever attend a King signing, especially since I have an autographed "The Tommyknockers" from the days when you could send a book to him. I wish I had also purchased the bottle of Dan Aykroyd wine since that has his name on it; I wonder if that is still sold. My vodka is also unopened.
I guess I will have to save it for a very special occasion!
Mine does not have the autograph - I just liked the look of the bottle and also it was only 50 bucks which did not seem too outrageous of a price for a good sized bottle of vodka in a very unique bottle.
Wow - lucky you to have an autographed book - it must be worth a lot to you! That is something I do not have but who knows? Perhaps one day I will run across a used book with a signature in it - it's unlikely but still possible. I will keep my fingers crossed
Yes that book does mean a lot to me. It was personalized to me with a little message about being wary of the Tommyknockers. And it was the actual copy I used to read the book, which makes it really cool.
Ms. Mod (Moderator) do you think he might do something like selling signed copies through Barnes & Noble? I know Anne Rice did it for her new book that comes out in Oct. John Sandford did it as well. I purchased a copy of both.
Has he ever been to sweden? I'm not usually big on book signings but I might make an exceptiom for SK. I do have some books by Jack Vance that are signed and that i treasure. Not anyones of his because i was rather young when I met him but he must have thought I was a likeable child because a month later there come with the mail three books that he thought i would enjpy while growing up. One was "The Wind in the Willows" and the other two was two Oz-books. That will give you a rough idea in just how young I was.
I'm lucky enough to have been to many signings, but only one meet-and-greet. It was in Manchester Vermont, and it was a fundraiser for a school that John Irving and his wife supported. The 'Cocktail Hour' event was an hour before the main event where Steve talked for a bit, and read a passage from Lisey's Story. We were told there would be no book signings at the cocktail hour event, and I forgot to pack my 'just-in-case' books (DT1, Bachman paperback). When Steve entered the room and said "Hello" he then started signing anything and everything people had, and posing for pictures. It was great to see his casually, people asking questions, him making comments, as he patiently posed for pics and signed things.
Although my conversation with him that day was probably no longer than the 15 second 'conversations' I've had with him at traditional book signings, it was great to see him in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Oh, a local bookstore was selling King books in the back of the hall where he gave his talk. They were *all* signed by Steve and delivered in person by him in his truck when he drove down from Maine for the event. How often can you get 5-6 different signed books in one transaction! I would have bought more, but didn't want my credit card to get rejected!
Larryo that sounds like the best book signing ever! I hope he lines something up for next year! I had a fantastic time getting to meet my favorite author! I too want a copy of Mr Mercedes signed. I loved it!!! SK recommended another one of my favorite books = the Poet by Michael Connelly. He turned me into a crime novel fan too!!!
I hope we get a book signing sooooooooon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!