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beyond the dreams of avarice

I've just been listening to a piece on Radio 4's You and Yours about signed books, and apparently a signed first edition of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell is already worth a small fortune!

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Although I'd never, ever ask a famous actor or musician for their autographs, I have always asked writers whom I've met through work (either interviews or, as in Susanna Clarke's case, a fancy dinner thing) to sign books if I'm a fan, even though I know it's really unprofessional. I've aquired the John Hancocks of, among others, Jeffrey Eugenides, Sarah Waters, David Sedaris and Barbara Trapido, and I'll doubtless add more to this geeky collection in the future. Add this autograph hunting to my habit of blabbering on nervously when interviewing people I admire greatly (like Diana Wynne Jones, to give but one example, whom I interviewed over the phone - a situation which sadly prevented me whipping out my much-read copy of Charmed Life and forcing her to write on it), and you will see that, like poor old Rory Gilmore, I am not the model of a sophisticated journalist.


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May. 18th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
That is beyond fucking fantastic! I love that book.

Also - I love those shoes.
May. 18th, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah me too! The shoes are fab!
May. 18th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
They are merely slippers! I got them for about $5 in a little shop in Chinatown in New York.
May. 19th, 2005 11:02 am (UTC)
You could wear them to parties and no one would ever know. Everyone would be coming up to you and asking where you'd bought them and you could just reply "oh this little shop in New York that I know". And it would catch on and suddenly Fendi would be selling the equivalent for $750 and it all began with your photo of your autographed book.
May. 19th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
Hee, I actually wore them out once because they're so cute, but the soles are really, really thin. If I could rely ob being carried somewhere in a car and never having to step on the ground outside for more than a few steps, I might dare to don them again!
May. 18th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
I think it's my favourite signed book - although when I looked at my copy of Middlesex after the interview to see what Jeffrey Eugenides had written, I discovered 'To Anna, who didn't have to call this one up from the library", which I liked a lot - during the interview, I'd told him that I'd read the Virgin Suicides in installments when I was in first year of college, by calling the then-brand-new book up from college stacks.
May. 18th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
I do the same thing. I always ask authors to autograph books, but I never ask anyone else for autographs.
May. 18th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
I, eh, hear she's coming to a SF convention over here next March...
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