Book Signings #BookBloggerHop #coffeeramblings

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.

Have you ever attended a book signing? If so, who was the author?

(submitted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writer)

I’ve gone to 3 live and in-person book signings: Patricia Cornwell, James Patterson, and Charles Frazier. James Patterson and Charles Frazier were brought to Charlotte by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system and Patricia Cornwell is an alum of Davidson College which is a small private college named after the town it is in and that I live in (Davison is near Charlotte). She came to the college to give a talk on Jack the Ripper and did a meet and greet after where she signed whatever books you brought. Patterson and Frazier talked about writing and their most recent books, then did a meet and greet where they signed whatever book you brought.

All three authors were very personable, especially Patterson. I could listen to him speak all day as he just has a gift for public speaking.

James Patterson

(From his website)

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. His enduring fictional characters and series include Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, Maximum Ride, Middle School, and Ali Cross, along with such acclaimed works of narrative nonfiction as Walk in My Combat Boots, E.R. Nurses, and his autobiography, James Patterson by James Patterson. Bill Clinton (The President Is Missing) and Dolly Parton (Run, Rose, Run) are among his notable literary collaborators. For his prodigious imagination and championship of literacy in America, Patterson was awarded the 2019 National Humanities Medal. The National Book Foundation presented him with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, and he is also the recipient of an Edgar Award and nine Emmy Awards. He lives in Florida with his family.

Patricia Cornwell

(From her website)

Patricia Cornwell has sold over 100 million books. She sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working as a computer analyst at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. Postmortem, was the first bona fide forensic thriller. It paved the way for an explosion of entertainment featuring in all things forensic across film, television and literature.

The transition to literary superstar was not easy. At her first signing, held during a lunch break from the morgue, Patricia sold no copies of Postmortem and fielded exactly one question – an elderly woman asked her where she could find the cookbooks

Postmortem would go on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure prize – the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year. To date, Cornwell’s books have sold some 100 million copies in thirty-six languages in over 120 countries. She’s authored twenty-nine New York Times bestsellers.

Patricia’s novels center primarily on medical examiner Kay Scarpetta along with her tech-savvy niece Lucy and fellow investigator Pete Marino. Celebrating 25 years, these characters have grown into an international phenomenon, winning Cornwell the Sherlock Award for best detective created by an American author, the Gold Dagger Award, the RBA Thriller Award, and the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for her contributions to literary and artistic development.

Patricia’s literary career expands outside the realm of the Kay Scarpetta series – she’s authored a definitive account of Jack the Ripper’s identity, two cookbooks (Food to Die For and Scarpetta’s Winter Table), a children’s book (Life’s Little Fable), and a biography of Ruth Graham. She’s also developed two other series based on Win Garano, an upstart Boston detective, and Andy Brazil, an enterprising Charlotte reporter.

Though Cornwell now lives in Boston, she was born in Miami and grew up in Montreat, North Carolina.  After earning her degree in English from Davidson College in 1979, she began working at the Charlotte Observer, taking whatever stories came her way and rapidly advancing from listing television programs to covering the police beat. Cornwell received widespread attention and praise for her series of articles on prostitution and crime in downtown Charlotte. From the Charlotte Observer, Cornwell moved to a job with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia – a post she would later bestow upon the fictional Kay Scarpetta. It was during these years that Patricia penned Postmortem and began submitting it to major publishing houses in New York, without initial success.

When not writing from her Boston home, Patricia tirelessly researches cutting-edge forensic technologies to include in her work. Her interests span outside the literary: Patricia co-founded of the Conservation Scientist Chair at the Harvard University Art Museums. She appears as a forensic consultant on CNN and serves as a member of Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital’s National Council, where she advocates for psychiatric research. She’s helped fund the ICU at Cornell’s Animal Hospital, the scientific study of a Confederate submarine, the archaeological excavation of Jamestown, and a variety of law enforcement charities.  Patricia is also committed to funding scholarships and literacy programs. Her advice to aspiring authors: “Start writing. And don’t take no for an answer.”

Charles Frazier

(From Penguin Random House)

Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. Cold Mountain, his highly acclaimed first novel, was an international bestseller and won the National Book Award in 1997. His second novel, Thirteen Moons, was a New York Times bestseller and named a best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Have you been to any in-person book signings?

20 Replies to “Book Signings #BookBloggerHop #coffeeramblings”

  1. I haven’t been to a book signing but in a couple of weeks I am going to an author meet and greet. I belong to a group of writers called ”Creative Minds”. The writer who started the group up is doing an author meet and greet. She wrote ”Little Bones”, but will be talking about her future projects. In a couple of weeks I am going to my own play premier. It still feels weird to say it, but I am feeling a little nervous. I don’t really like being in front of the camera. I’d rather be writing my book.

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  2. I haven’t but I would love to, especially one of the Orenda Books on tour events, where there are multiple Orenda authors and they read a bit from their latest books. And there’s always cupcakes, made from scratch by Karen Sullivan herself 😄

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  3. I’ve been to so many I’ve lost count. A few are Victoria Schwab, C.J. Redwine, Emily St. John Mandel, David Bell, Henry Winkler, Angie Thomas, and Harlan Coben.

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      1. My youngest had gotten hooked on Happy Days episodes (he’s an old soul) and Winkler was here for a book festival. I can officially say I met Fonzie!

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  4. I wish more authors would come here but it’s rare. However, when I was working, I attended a private event where Bob Woodward was featured and got my book signed. He was rather unfriendly as there were lots of important, influential people there and I didn’t rank😏


    1. Oh, that does not leave a good impression! Your library system needs to get to work getting those authors in at least once per year. Charlotte used to do a big to do with many days of author visits one week per year but about 10 years or so ago, they really streamlined what they offered. Luckily the independent bookstore in my little town works with Charlotte libraries to bring people here once per year.

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      1. After I posted my answer, it got me thinking of how I could get this going. I had a face to face book club and could definitely work with my library to create an event where I could guarantee a minimum of people attending! This pandemic just squelches my creative thinking these days.

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  5. I have never been to a book signing but would like to one day. You have met some really great authors, well done!

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