Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Borders signing on the 8th of August...

Menachem again, i hate to keep sending the same question, but i think maybe you're other fans could use this advice as well, for me it is for religous reasons, but for others it may just be a I-Have-To-Meet-My-Favorite-Author thing.
so, anyway, as to the question: do you have any advice for how someone can make sure that they will see you at a signing? (in this case specificaly the Aug. 8th signing) and for me particularly, so that i can leave long before sundown re: the Sabbath.
Thank you so much,
Menachem Luchins
P.S. do you know when the doors open?

Well, the signing starts at 3.00pm. I'll probably start by reading WOLVES, and answer questions, which'll take about 20-40 minutes, mostly depending on how many people are waiting and can't hear, and how tightly people are packed and stuff, and then I'll start signing.

The best advice for anyone trying to pre-plan is to talk to the store and find out how they intend to do it (there is no guarantee you will reach someone who can answer that question corractly at any given store). There is normally someone there for the signing when the store opens in the morning, but most people won't start drifting in until 1:00 or 2:00ish. Some stores hand out "numbers" for people, as with a deli line (often old Far Side calendars are used for this -- "Will December get into line now?"), some don't.

The signing is at Borders Books, on August the 8th (Friday) starting at 3.00pm:
100 Broadway (at Wall St.)
New York, NY 10006

The store is located across the street from Trinity Church, and is accessible by the following subways:

1 (Fulton St.), 2,3 (Wall St.), 4,5 (Wall St.), N,R (Rector St.), J,M,Z, (Fulton St.), A,C,E (Fulton St).

And the sun sets in New York at 8.04pm on August the 8th. If you're there at midday you'll definitely be in the first wave of people and out by 5.00pm (and bear in mind it's a weekday, so lots of people who would want to be there will be working, or planning on swinging by when they get off work to see if I'm still scribbling away. And I'm sure I will be).

Did you know Coraline won the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award?

Which message weirdly came in about half an hour after I'd opened the official letter telling me that CORALINE was the judges' unanimous choice. Weirdly, because the letter was dated (and postmarked) May 16th, and had sat unopened at HarperCollins for several months before being forwarded to me. So, er, yes. I did. Cool, isn't it?

Hi Neil ... not a FAQ but a BIG *Thank You*.

'Telling Tales' arrived with me in the UK this morning ... courtesy of those super folk at Dreamhaven.

All splendid stuff ... *wonderfully* read ... 'The Wedding Present' was already a favourite 'cos I hadn't missed it in print :-) and 'In The End' is a REAL surprise delight.

I hope it sells well ... then we will be sure to get more such treasures!

Thanks again for all the joy ... from me, and my wife Sue, who says you can read bedtime stories to her *ANY TIME* :-)


Which I only posted because it made me very happy indeed. (It's the first reaction from anyone to Telling Tales.) The next one is already recorded -- I did enough for about 2 and a half CDs when I recorded Telling Tales. It should have art by Michael Zulli (hurrah!) and music by Adam Stemple. It'll have "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar" on it, for a start...

Hi Neil,my name is Coraline I'm 27 and I live in Italy ,actually I'm both french and Italian...i was sure till today that my name was unique!Since my name has always been a mystery to me I'd love to know why and how you choose this name...that's mine...!

Well, first of all I thought I made it up (I think it started as a typing error, when I was writing something to a Caroline, and I looked at it and thought it was a beautiful name. I loved the idea of being like coral -- beautiful, and underwater, and made of dead things, and strong.) Then, later, after I started writing the book, I was reading Casanova's Memoirs and met a girl called Coraline in 18th century Venice; and I realised it was a real name. I've now met two Coralines while signing books, and I've signed copies for several absent Coralines. So you are not alone. It's a French and Italian name, I believe....


Received an e-mail from China Mieville offering to get me a photocopy of Lucy Clifford's "Anyhow Stories", which made me very happy indeed. I've read two or three of them over the years, in Victorian fiction collections, and really want to read the rest of them.

Hi Neil,
What was the last piece of music you picked up that was really fresh, that really excited you?
Take care,

Thea Gilmore's Avalanche. Which arrived in the post this afternoon...