Saturday, May 17, 2008

Meeting My Hero

One of my all-time favourite books is Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, a memoir of Alexandra Fuller's childhood in Zimbabwe. This is the only book I can recall reading where I really didn't want it to end; each night I wanted to keep reading and reading, but at the same time I also wanted to put it away so that I wouldn't reach the end so quickly. On May 14, Alexandra Fuller was at the Seattle Public Library to give a reading from her new book (The Legend of Colton H. Bryant), and I actually found about it in time to go see her! I even got to speak to her (heart pounding) as she signed a couple of books for me. The podcast of her talk will be posted here.


Samantha said...

Bill Bryson, one of my favorites (I loved Ms. Fuller's "Don't let's go to the dogs tonight" almost as much as you did, I think, so she'd be another favorite), gave a reading in Madison while I was there and I went to see him talk. I think I found out about it at the last minute so didn't have any books with me for him to sign, but mostly I think it was that I was too chicken to go up to him (my excuse was that there was a helluva long line too, and it had been a very long day for me and I hadn't gone home yet too). So, I just left after his talk. But I even had something to speak to him about--our cousin Dirk had invited him on that yacht trip and he'd written a nice letter back to him. I did quite regret not waiting to meet him later, so good for you.

Christine said...

Wonderful story Vieve.