Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m not really technically supposed to even be here at Armchair BEA. You see, while I’m not at the actual, real-life BEA festivities in New York, I will be at the Book Blogger Convention on Friday. So, I kind of feel like I’m betwixt and between two book blogging worlds this week. Hopefully you don’t mind an imposter crashing the Armchair BEA party. Besides, there’s enough room in this armchair for all of us, isn’t there?
Anyway, I’ve seen a few Armchair BEA posts with today’s suggested theme/posting prompt about attending book signings and a few people have daydreamed about attending such an author event with Beth Kephart. I was lucky enough to do exactly that in February 2009 when she did a talk at a local library.
In full groupie form, I brought along three of the Beth Kephart books I owned and promptly bought three more right on site at the event. Patiently, Beth not only signed all six of the books I had, but did so by adding a personal message to each one. (I hung around late enough that I thought Beth and I would be left to turn out the library’s lights.)
I thought that I’d re-publish that post for today (particularly since I can’t seem to finish the post-in-progress about the most recent signing I attended, that with writer Jonathan Mooney, author of The Short Bus).
Living Her Life (Reflections on Tuesday’s Talk by Beth Kephart), originally published on The Betty and Boo Chronicles, February 11, 2009
We came together last night, a collection of people knowing of our connections and yet unknowing the specific path that led each of us there. For some, the path was a church aisle, others a winding road, the long steps toward a dance hall, the fiber optics of cyberspace. Warm coffee and cake broke the ice among many of us strangers. Gathering by the display of books, we struck up conversations.
“How do you know Beth?”
I will do that, I promised.
And then we were treated to a slideshow of photographs, richly detailed and poignant photographs that elicted soft sighs and audible smiles throughout the audience. We heard excerpts from books and insights into their birth, and we asked about the state of publishing today, about the photographs, about the process. We learned more about one another, the passion some of us had for writing, the appreciation others had for those who do it well.
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