Neil Gaiman reading & book signing!
|Illustrator/Author duo of Chu's Day|
Yes, I didn't do that.
Instead, I bought a copy of every day by David Levithan.
I read 35 pages as I shuffled in line. The novel caused four spontaneous discussions with strangers. Four. Not only did this say volumes about this particular book/author, it reminded me (a Nook user) of the power of books to connect people. And of the gravity of authors within an expanding universe.
|A compelling YA novel (that stirs conversations with strangers)|
Me? My back & legs cramped, but I was enjoying my new book.
The woman in front of me handed Neil and Adam Rex bottles of fine juice, which lifted spirits. Then as I approached, the owner of Books of Wonder, Peter Glassman, initiated a conversation about the non-Neil book I was carrying: "That's a great book!" So, I'm 10% blaming him for having nothing of import to offer Neil Gaiman when I stepped up. I had no fine juice. No personalized witticisms.
Only heavy admiration...
Sometimes words just suck.
As I watched him scribble "believe" in my book, I chuckled. Someday I will buy him a fine beer, I promised myself. Yes. Authors matter. Dead-tree-book-devices matter.
Whether they sleep inside dead trees, digital data, or our frayed neurons - stories, like the gods, need our warm blood & breath to live. I think what matters most is whether they guide us to improve ourselves. To be more human.
|(this is not a YA text)|