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Simon Pegg signing at Book People

Simon Pegg has a new book out, called Nerd Do Well.  Austin was very lucky to be one of the three cities that hosted a book signing in America, and I was very lucky to attend last night.

There were so many people in the Book People store last night.  I had to park on the roof of the parking garage for the first time ever.  It was really hot and stifling in the room, so Simon courteously didn’t give a long talk before starting the signing.  Unfortunately, that means I don’t have a lot to talk about.  Instead, I’ll share this video of Simon’s introduction that I found on the Book People Blog.

The only thing this video didn’t capture was the fact that Simon was wearing board shorts and flip flops.  Oooh I got to see his ankles, you guys!

Before the signing, Simon enjoyed some Texas BBQ.  I’m not sure where he got his food, but doesn’t it look delicious? 

Simon signed books for over four hours. There are still lots of signed books left, so if you want to buy one, go to Book People’s website and order one! They take orders over the internet.


A dreadful evening with Lemony Snicket

On the 13th of April, I had the misfortune of attending a book signing at Book People in Austin, Texas,  with Lemony Snicket.  Those of you who read his horrible books will know what a terrible evening this must have been.  Believe it or not, there were little children in attendance.  The children’s cruel parents were forcing them to read Mr. Snicket’s books.

Okay, enough of my trying to write like Lemony Snicket.  Let’s face it – the guy is the Edward Gorey of our time.

Daniel Handler, Lemony Snicket's representative, informed the crowd that Mr. Snicket would not make an appearance.

In addition to myself, a handful of goths and 200 children were eager to meet Lemony Snicket, who is the alter ego of Daniel Handler.  Of course, Mr. Handler said that Mr. Snicket would not be appearing at the book signing, but it was clear to even the smallest child that we were in the presence of the mysterious author himself.  His new book is called 13 Words, and is a picture book.  In case you feel you’re too old for a picture book, keep this in mind – Daniel Handler isn’t too old for a picture book.

Mr. Handler warned us all not to read any of the Lemony Snicket books.  He asked to see a little boy’s book, and then wouldn’t give it back.  As he was leaving to go up and sign books, he pretended he was going to hand the book to the child, did a fake-out and then ran up the stairs giggling.  This is when I knew I was in the presence of an evil genius.

I hope that none of these beautiful cakes were poisoned by the Count.

In his charming new book, a dog serves cakes to a despondent bird in order to cheer him up.  There were replicas of all the cakes at the signing, and everyone was served a piece after getting their books signed.  I had a piece of the white one with the purple flowers.  It was chocolate, and didn’t seem to be poisoned at all.  In fact, it was delicious!

The best part of the night (even better than the cake) was listening to Lemony Snicket talk to the children who were getting their books signed.  Here are some examples of things I overheard him say to small children:

“Do you have a nice house?  Are there lots of valuables in your room?  How do you sleep at night, are you a light sleeper or a heavy sleeper?”

To a girl wearing an elementary school tee shirt:

“You’re the last student left!  I heard there was a terrible fire at your school today.”

“How long have you two been married?  What?  You’re brother and sister?  OH MY GOD HE MARRIED HIS SISTER!”

“Do you have a nice mom or a mean mom?  Did you just say she was nice because she’s standing there?  Blink once if she’s really a mean mom.”

“Have you ever been kidnapped?  No?  Well you’re in for a treat tomorrow.”

I wish I could have recorded it.  It was comedy gold.  As someone who has a general disdain for children, I enjoyed this more than I should.  (Of course, my friend’s kids are all wonderful, it’s just those other ones that are horrid little beasts.)  I’m surprised that none of the kids cried, but I guess they are used to this sort of thing if they read his books.

If the 13th of the month rolls around and you have a chance to spend some time with Mr. Snicket and/or Mr. Handler, I highly recommend it.

What I’m Reading – Vol. 3 – 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth

What first comes to your mind when I say the word Oatmeal?

1.  A porridge usually eaten for breakfast

2.  The Quaker Oats dude

3.  Funny, absurdist comics that can be seen on the interwebs at theoatmeal.com

If you said #3, then you are correct.  The Oatmeal is my favorite comic website, along with Hark, a vagrant by Kate Beaton.  If you’re the type of person who saves their favorite web comics as a PDF (because the internet is not FOREVER), then this book is for you.  Yes, instead of managing hundreds of PDFs, you can keep them all in the convenient and portable dead tree format!

The Oatmeal is not a formless blob, he is a human being!

I had the good fortune to head out to Book People Wednesday night to attend an Oatmeal book signing.  Before he signed his books, he gave a 20 minute presentation.  I laughed in my usual manner (this means that I sounded like a cross between a braying donkey and a dying hyena).  I apologize to those seated near me at the time.

The Oatmeal is not a blobby fat guy with no pupils.  In reality, he’s a skinny, cute guy.  This may be upsetting to people who can’t face reality, so if you are that type, please stop reading.

I have a feeling that the presentation he gave will be the same information he’s going to present at SXSWi, so IN YOUR FACE!  I didn’t have to get a badge to enjoy a hilarious evening with one of the most popular bloggers in the blogosphere and beyond!  (I secretly am sad that I don’t have a badge and can’t get time off to enjoy SXSW.  Boo hoo being a responsible adult is a bitch!)

The Oatmeal was very gracious to everyone who waited in line to get their book signed.  The line moved very slowly because he took the time to speak with every single person, pose for pictures, and all sorts of other niceties.  His comics might be subversive and a little bit mean sometimes, but in person he is a DELIGHT.

I would recommend his book to anyone who needs a good laugh.  If you would rather be a mopey saddoe, then please go buy a Sylvia Plath book instead.