Charlaine Harris Book Signing in PDX: Recap
The Charlaine Harris book signing took place last night at the McMenamin’s Bagdad Theater Pub in Portland, Oregon. Along with our ticket, we purchased a copy of her new Southern Vampire Mysteries book – Dead in the Family. This is the book series that the True Blood series is based on, btw. The books are focused primarily on Sookie Stackhouse, whereas the television series takes side character detours, and it’s awesome and refreshing to read content with a strong female lead.
LOADS of ladies in attendance. A few dudes too, but for the most part we were surrounded by women.
The signing started at 7pm, but I didn’t get to the line until 6pm, and by that time it was already halfway down the block. We still ended up with decent seats – there really isn’t a “bad” seat in the smallish auditorium. This was the first time I’ve been inside the Bagdad Theater…it’s like a fucking cave in there. Yes, the lighting is very Casablanca-noir…but people were seriously tripping over one another.
Loved that the signing took place in a brewpub. We got beer and pizza to munch on while being entertained by the lovely Charlaine. She is hilarious and sweetly Southern. There’s a lot to be said for that famed hospitality.
Took a lot of video – here’s the first one. Check the others listed under my WalrusGrdn YouTube tab:
Lots of great quotes – my favorites:
“If my Lafayette was like TV Lafayette, I would have let him live too.”
In response to a question about whether she would prefer sex with a vampire or shape-shifter – “depends on whether you like things hot or cold.”
Advice for the San Diego Comic Con – “Have a good time, wear comfortable shoes and drink lots of water.”
And no, I didn’t ask the last question.
And here’s a few pics of myself, Smalls and my lovely mother. We hung around and got a personalized book signing from Charlaine after the Q&A.
I was much more articulate in the face of celebrity than at Emerald Con. Stumptown improved my ability to banter with those I admire. Feeling pretty confident about not making an ass of myself in San Diego…but we shall see.
It was a lovely evening. Always great to meet and greet authors of a favorite book series – especially since it seems that we won’t be able to get much face time at Comic Con. While I’d like to stop by her booth, it will no doubt be crowded as sin. Just one more thing to tick off the list (leaving the schedule open for oodles of activities). Can’t wait to find a spare evening to open Dead in the Family. You can certainly look forward to a review.