I had the coolest experience last night. If you know me at all, you know I love to read. You might even know that one of my most favorite books of all time is The Book Thief. Last night, a friend and I got to hear the author of The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, speak at a literary event.
I got there early so we had great seats on the third row. Zusak came onto the stage and was a delightful speaker. For the next hour the audience was captivated by his fantastic story-telling, his slight self-deprecating humor, and his warm and humble demeanor. I couldn't believe how quickly the hour passed. Then he took a few questions from the audience. As soon as the closing applause sounded, my friend and I jumped up and sped to the book signing area. We were about the 8th ones in line...not bad!
I had brought my paperback copy of The Book Thief, but my friend also generously surprised me with a hard copy. So I had the paperback inscribed to me and decided to have the hard copy inscribed to Ava. I figure it will be meaningful in a few years for me to share such a favorite book of mine with her, and how sweet that I can give her her own signed copy of it when I do!
The evening was just perfect. I can't describe what a treat it was for me to see one of my favorite authors in person and to get my books signed.