With the holiday season in full-swing, things are looking a bit sparse for booksignings in the next month. Most of the usual sites I visit to sleuth out booksignings are featuring fewer author events than normal through the end of 2011. And many of the signings I’ve seen posted feature celebrities-turned-authors such as Food Network chefs (Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri), former athletes ( Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal), and TV celebrities (Bethenny Frankel and Regis Philbin). Now I always see a lot of celebrity signings on the lists, but I guess during the holiday season they’re out in bigger numbers. Are these the types of books people give as gifts? Are people so busy during the holidays that they’ll only attend celebrity signings? Or are authors busy doing holiday preparations as well, and don’t have time for signings. I’m not sure.
Fortunately, I did find a few upcoming events that AAR readers might find interesting. For me, I’m looking forward to events in the new year including visits to my town by Lauren Willig and Julie Hyzy.
As always, I could use your help. Do you know of any authors who are coming to your home town? If so, please let us know about it. If you know of any events that we missed between now and mid-December, please post them in the comments section. If you know of any events occurring after mid-December, please send them to us at aarbooksign AT gmail.com and we’ll add them to our mid-December post.
Disclaimer: I found these signings by extensive searches of both author and bookseller Web sites. They all appear to be free, but please contact the bookstore before you attend an event for additional information. And please let us know if you do attend a booksigning, and how you liked it. A few of the authors on the list aren’t strictly romance authors, but have either been reviewed at AAR in the past, or have appeared in AAR forum discussions.
Upcoming Booksignings: November and Beyond
Diana Gabaldon, November 29, The Poisoned Pen, 7:00 p.m., 4014 N Goldwater Blvd # 101, Scottsdale, AZ.
Meg Clayton, November 30, Walter Haye’s Elementary School, Walter Haye’s Book Fair, 8:30 a.m., Palo Alto, CA (other events at the author’s Web site).
Janet Evanovich, December 3, Barnes & Noble, 1:00 p.m., Colonial Plaza Market Center, 2418 E Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL.
Nora Roberts/JD Robb, December 3, Turn the Page Bookstore, 12:00 p.m., 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro, MD.
C.C. Hunter, December 3, Katy Budget Books, 3:30 p.m., 2450 Fry Rd, Houston, TX.
Naughty & Nice signing (Shayla Black, Beth Kery, Kimberly Killion, Annmarie McKenna), December 3, 5:00 P.M., Rose’s Bookhouse, 8935 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O’Fallon, MO. (There’s a $5 charge for the event and it is adults only).
Los Angeles Romance Authors (Carol Ericson, Kaitlin O’Reilly, Linda O. Johnson, Dee J. Adams, Christine London, Roz Lee and Lynne Marshall), December 4, Barnes & Noble, 12:00 p.m., Manhattan Gateway Shopping Center, 1800 Rosecrans Avenue Building B, Manhattan Beach, CA.
Cassandra Clare, December 7, Barnes & Noble, 7:00 p.m., 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY (other events at the author’s Web site).
Mandy Baggot, December 8, Waterstones, 5:30 p.m., 7-9 High Street, Salisbury Wiltshire, UK.
Sister Souljah, December 9, Bradley’s Book Outlet, Macy’s Downtown Pittsburgh, 5th Floor, 400 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA (other events at the author’s Web site).
Patricia Cornwall, December 12, Powell’s Books, 7:00 p.m., 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR (other events at the author’s Web site).
Sophie Jordan, December 16, Murder by the Book, 6:30 p.m., 2342 Bissonet St., Houston, TX.
Margaret Frazer, December 17, Once Upon a Crime, 1:00 p.m., 604 W. 26th St., Minneapolis, MN.
Tami Hoag, December 27, Barnes & Noble, 7:00 p.m., Apache Mall, 1201 12th Street SW Suite 425, Rochester, MN.
Kimberly Frost, January 7, Murder by the Book, 4:30 p.m., 2342 Bissonet St., Houston, TX.
Jayne Ann Krentz, January 12, Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 12:00 p.m., 117 Cherry St. Seattle, WA.
Kristin Hannah, February 2, Barnes & Noble, 7:00 p.m., 1201 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA.
Colleen Gleason, February 2, February 2, Cromaine Library, 6:30 p.m., Hartland, MI.
Lauren Willig, February 11, The Book Cove, 11:00 a.m., 22 Charles Colman Blvd, Pawling, NY. (other events at the author’s Web site).
– LinnieGayl AAR