Tonight I took a drive to Ann Arbor and saw Laurell K Hamilton. My husband, Ian and I all went down there and waited for three hours so she would sign my two books. You heard right, she is so popular, that they started handing out wrist bands at 9am this morning and they alternated colors instead of doing numbers. Ever 50 bands, they changed colors. When I got there at 5pm (she was due to start at 6pm), they were on their third set of colors and I heard there was a total of 5 colors given out. That means there were over 250 people who drove out in rainy weather (did I mention we were getting hit with rain all afternoon and evening), who took the time to wait in line, to see her. I have to say, I knew she was going to have a bit more of a crowd than Kim Harrison, but I definitely wasn’t expecting this kind of showing. I really shouldn’t be surprised, but I think Jesse was. After two hours of waiting aroudn with me (and Ian running around the store), they decided to use the portable DVD player for the first time and watched the Muppets out in the car.
Laurell was actually really open when it came to answering questions. She took questions for about 20 minutes before she started signing books, but about 2 hours in, she ended up having to ice her arm because it was starting to crap. Instead of waiting around with nothing to do, she took more questions and these were kind of interesting. I didn’t get there in time to catch the first Q&A session, but the second one was good. I ended up meeting someone there who was filming it and she said she would email me the video clips, do we’ll see if I can get them. I haven’t been able to find my camera cord, but once I do (and get the pics from my cousin), I’ll add them to the post.
Okay, now I’m just rambling and it’s time to go to bed. Ian was so tired that he went straight to bed without taking a bath. Needless to say, I had a blast at the Hamilton appearance and I would definitely do it again. I had her sign Blood Noir and Strange Candy, so now I’m excited to add those books to my library collection.
I love her books so much. I have almost all of them in hardback and most are first editions. She never comes down to the south (sheâ€™s terrified of flying) so Iâ€™ve never been to one of her signings :(
That is awesome!! Have you read Blood Noir yet? I have a copy on the way. I didn’t know she’s afraid of flying. Guess we won’t see her in Seattle then. Thanks for sharing your event w/us! ;)