Wow! I went to Augusten Burroughs' book signing tonight in Boston, and I'm so glad I did!
The stage had a Charlie Brown Christmas tree and a podium with a mike, and that was it. The theater was packed - it must have held 200-300 people, all very appreciative. When he first came out, he took the mike and put a Red Bull on the podium. He spoke of past Christmases and the good and bad things that had happened, and his past 2 were bad because his dog got very sick, and then he said, and I have just split with my partner, Dennis. (There were "Oh no"s from audience members who hadn't heard) "So, let's go do a book tour! It's Christmas!"
So he addressed it immediately, which was good. He read an exerpt from the book, complete with character voices, and we all loved it. Before he took questions, he told us that journalists always ask him the same thing - are your stories really true? (he said he was glad no audience member had ever asked it) During the Q and A, he reminded me of FoTC, because he was able to think so quickly on his feet to make his answers witty and charming. Later at the book signing, I was near the end of the line (that's what comes with getting a good seat in the theater and having to file out to the signing across the street
). Even after lo so many signings and pics he still made time to say something special to each one of us. What a fun night, and it was so nice to meet such a talented writer. I didn't gush too much, either.
Come on over to Members Only Issues and I'll tell you what we spoke of.