Saturday – I went to the Union Square Barnes & Noble for the various New Yorker Festival book signings. The numbered bracelets/passes had already been given out for Stephen King, but everyone else was pretty accessible. I arrived somewhat early and bided my time in the food court area. The food [a whole wheat turkey and cheese wrap] stank but they did have black cherry soda.
I got my copy of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay signed by Michael Chabon, who was signing at the same time as and at a table next to Stephen King. While Stephen King had a line that snaked through the 4th floor, Chabon’s was somewhat more manageable.
I even joked around with him.
A couple of hours later, I got my DVD box set of The Office and copy of his childrens book Flanimals signed by Ricky Gervais. I also got a good laugh.
Chris: Mr. Chabon, I just have a quick question for you.
Michael Chabon: Sure??
Chris: Whose that guy over there [pointing to Stephen King]?
General laughter by Michael Chabon, a personal assistant, and myself.
Michael Chabon: I think that’s..what’s his name…Dean Koontz.
Personal Assistant: Actually, I thought it was Anne Rice.
More laughter. Chris exits stage left.
Chris: I’m really looking forward to your new show Extras.
Ricky Gervais: Then I reckon you’ll be somewhat disappointed then.
I went to The White Stripes on Sunday -- thus the blog post title "Stars and Stripes"