Jodi Picoult in Melbourne

I don’t know which of Allen & Unwin (publisher) and Angus & Robertson (bookseller) is to blame. Arrived in line at Angus & Robertson in Melbourne (360 Bourke St) an hour early. Was informed that Ms Picoult would only be signing the new book, Change of Heart. None of us in queue was told this on the phone when we called, and we’d brought about two books each from home (we weren’t going to bring out the whole backlist; just our most favourites). So of course we all had to fork out for the newy (many thanks to my sister who bought it for me).

We were told to write our name on a Post-It to stick on the title page, so Ms Jodi would know how to spell our names. She even asked me what mine is short for. Bless our Aussie way of shortening names to as small amount of syllables as possible because we’re so lazy… πŸ˜‰

Anyway, we soon were told that we could line up again with any other books we’d brought and another photo. Which we did, because the line moved along really fast: no stopping to discuss her novels with her. But we’ve read her books, we swear! So theoretically we needn’t have bought the newy after all as she was cool enough to sign her backlist. Maybe Allen & Unwin or Angus & Robertson had overestimated the crowd numbers.

Nevertheless, the photo at the beginning of this entry is my photographic evidence. Ms Jodi has a better hairstyle than me, but mine’s a better colour (have never coloured it and don’t intend to in the near future) πŸ˜‰ We’re both leaning to the left, though I was probably supposed to lean inward…but we all know that I’m wonky/lopsided/imbalanced/unbalanced πŸ˜‰

So tell me about your book signing experiences. Is it normal that you have to buy the new book if you want something signed? Or is this just some weirdo Australian thing because rarely does an international author sign in Melbourne? Or was this just a one-off?

And now onto the rest of my day. I didn’t buy any more books, but I did photograph some so you have proof that your books are on Australian shelves. If yours isn’t in my photos, I most likely didn’t see it. I normally crop out as much of the background as I can, but this time I left some bits so you can see your shelf neighbours:

Angus & Robertson (Melbourne)
Gwen Hunter’s Shadow Valley

Borders (Melbourne Central)
Mario Acevedo’s The Nymphos of Rocky Flats and X-Rated Bloodsuckers and Jennifer Armintrout’s Possession
Jeanne C. Stein’s Blood Drive
Eve Kenin’s Driven
Jeaniene Frost’s Halfway to the Grave
Marianne Mancusi’s Moongazer
Liz Maverick’s Wired
Jennifer Armintrout’s Ashes to Ashes
Anya Bast’s Witch Fire

Feel free to share the photos with the authors; I couldn’t be bothered emailing the links. (It’s been a long day.)

Host of CBS’s Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson’s American on Purpose, about living the American dream as he journeys from a small town in Scotland to the entertainment capital of the world, stumbling long the way through several attempts to make his mark, written “in the hope that it will inspire other alcoholic punk rock drummers from Scotland to find their true place in US late night television,” to Michael Morrison at Harper, with David Hirshey editing, for publication in fall 2009, by Richard Abate at Endeavor (world English).

If you’re a Scottish musician, you move to Australia (Jimmy Barnes, part of AC/DC, that Colin guy from Men at Work, etc). And Scottish comedian Billy Connolly did marry an Aussie… Come on, Scots – you know you belong in Oz; not the US… πŸ˜‰

16 responses to “Jodi Picoult in Melbourne

  1. Very cool you got to meet Jodi Picoult! I think she’s an awesome writer. She does amazing amounts of research for her books that are just incredible.

    Great photo!

  2. I haven’t read as many of her books as I’d like to, because they never seem to be on shelf at the library. Mind you, I stopped going to the library during the past few months so I could catch up on reading the books I own πŸ˜‰

    I love that her novels make you think, which not many novels seem to make me do nowadays, unfortunately…

    Thanks for everything, and have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

  3. Becky LeJeune

    I’ve been to a few signing at different stores (in different states). Some stipulate that you have to buy the new book at their store in order to get anything signed there. Others just don’t care. One here has a total honors system in that the signings are upstairs and they trust that you’ll head back down to get it paid for if you haven’t already.

  4. Hey Becky. Haven’t seen you around here before, but you’re welcome here any time πŸ™‚

    Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

  5. When Stephenie Meyer came to Dallas we had to buy The Host in order to get her to sign anything. She would sign as many copies of The Host, but only 2 in the Twilight books. I also had to do this for Gregory Maguire. I don’t think it’s a common thing, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I understand why they have to do this.

  6. Hey Allie. Haven’t see you round here before, but you’re welcome back anytime – I’ve just added you to my LJ Friends πŸ™‚

    Thanks for everything, and have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

  7. Hey there

    Great picture and thanks for the story.

    I went to the Age/Dymocks speech tonight at RMIT and Jodi signed two books, but these were not limited to her new one which was on sale at the venue.

    All of her books were on sale there.
    However, the MC annuonced Jodi would only be writing dedications in Change of Heart.

    Seeing I only had one book that I brought from home, My Sisters Keeper, I wanted that dedicated. And she did.

    As for chatting to her, she did answer my question at her Q&A session on stage, but when I met her, no discussion was had. I did give her a piece of my writing though.

    I blogged about it –

  8. Becky LeJeune

    I came across your blog through shelfari and have been checking it out since!

  9. You look adorable!

  10. I sent Mario’s his.

  11. I thought the afternoon session would suit me better, and it probably did – though waiting in line for an hour sucked πŸ˜‰ At least my place was just inside the door, so I was shielded from the wind.

    Thanks for finding my blog, and have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

  12. Becky, what’s your Shelfari name, may I ask?

    Esri – wonky but endearing is me in a nutshell πŸ˜‰ Ta for passing on the goods to Mario. Still no sign of The Undead Kama Sutra in Oz.

    Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

  13. Becky LeJeune

    It’s BeckyL. I’ll send you a friend request.

  14. Hi Tez– it was fun to see Mario’s and my books on an Aussie shelf! I’d like to use them on my blog next week. Ans the one with you and Jodi. Do you mind?

    Here (Denver) the Tattered Cover is getting ready to host (no pun intended) Stephanie Meyer. Not only do you have to buy her new book (and that’s the only one she’s signing) but you have to pay for a ticket because they’re expecting such a HUGE crowd, they had to rent an auditorium!!!

    Must be nice, huh? πŸ™‚

    Best, Jeanne

  15. Ah yes – I couldn’t be bothered emailing all the authors, but Esri said she’d passed a note along to Mr Mario. I’ve actually seen one or two of your books in store before, but haven’t had a camera with me πŸ˜‰ Feel free to use whichever photos suit your purposes. And excuse my head tilt πŸ˜‰

    Ticket! I think there’s been some upmarket literary events in the city, but more for literary luncheons or drinks or whatever. But a ticket just to be in a room and not even get free nibbles?! Here’s hoping you get some free swag instead πŸ˜‰ Mind you, I really enjoyed The Host, though I’ve never laid hands on the Twilight books before.

    Oops, I’m getting chatty – my bedtime seems to be getting earlier and earlier these days. Either I’m getting old and/or I’m getting ill. And considering I got the first itchings of a sore throat this evening and am thus sucking on a Soother, I must be getting sick. Such is autumn.

    Thanks for everything (I’ve got a reading schedule, and WILL get to your books, I swear!), and have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

  16. Take care of that throat– that’s the way it started with me when I got back from RT and I was sick for three weeks. Lots of tea and honey and chicken soup.


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