Friday, February 22, 2013

Markus Zusak

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.


Rachel said...

How cool!

Carol said...

now you will have lots of people curious about that book. sounds like it was a fun evening.