It’s time for another Bookish Confession: Authors are my Rockstars.
This realization first dawned on me when I attended a book signing for Rainbow Rowell in Toronto last year. Lined up for hours ahead of time in order to get a good seat, and cheering loudly amongst a huge group of fellow fans, it felt like I was at a rock concert instead of a standing in the middle of a bookstore!
I know what you are probably thinking. You can’t possibly imagine a book tour being as epic and electrifying as a Katy Perry concert. Well, you’ve obviously never been to a book signing before (especially a John Green one)! Sure, there may not be 15 different costume changes or elaborate dance routines, but getting to meet the author of a book that you love can be pretty darn thrilling! Not to mention the fact that you are surrounded by a group of people who have also read and loved this author’s work too!
I mean, everyone has heard Katy Perry’s song “Roar” on the radio at least a hundred times, but how many people do you know who have devoured Ami McKay’s novel The Birth House, or who own every single book ever written by Jenny Han? Being surrounded by fellow readers who have devoured and loved the same books as you is pretty rare, and it makes it that much more exiting!
Meeting an author can also be as nerve wracking as coming face to face with one of your favourite celebrities! Every time I go to a book signing I always try to plan what I’m going to say when it’s finally my turn at the front of the line. I imagine myself making some kind of smart and witty remark, or discussing the deep underlying themes of their work, but I always become so starstruck and tongue tied that the only thing that I manage to blurt out is “I LOVED YOUR BOOK!” before quickly dashing away.
Despite being flustered and nervous around authors that I adore, I’ll still go to a book signing whenever I have the chance! While I’ve already met several of my favourite authors (including Rainbow Rowell, Veronica Roth, Ami McKay, and Jay Asher), there are still several others who I would LOVE to meet in person, like Margaret Atwood, Brian K. Vaughan, Brandon Sanderson, and Joseph Boyden!
Have you ever been to a book signing before? What authors do you consider rockstars? Who would you like to meet? Share your thoughts/opinions in the comments below!