Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Autographs, Autographs & Giveaway

Julie Child and Jaques Pepin Autographs

I love getting autographs of my very favorite authors and have more signed books than I can count. And I'm not the only one when I go to conferences and book signings the lines are often out the door, filled with fans who want to meet the author and have a moment. 

My friend Laura and I waited hours in line to get the book above signed by Julia Child and Jacques Pepin, but my personal record was Janet Evanovich. I went to a book signing of hers in Seattle once where she signed and took photos for more than five hours. The book store was smart about it and handed out numbers. We actually went to dinner and came back before our number was allowed to start lining up. 

Laurie R. King Autograph

According to the Guinness Book of World Records website, the first recorded and surviving autographs came from clay tablets in Iraq...

"The earliest surviving examples of autographs are those made by scribes on cuneiform clay tablets from Tell Abu Sal√£bikh, Iraq, dated to the early Dynastic III A period c. 2600 BC. A scribe named ‘a-du’ has added ‘dub-sar’ after his name, thus translating to ‘Adu, scribe’. The earliest surviving signature on a papyrus is that of the scribe Amen’aa, held in the Leningrad (St Petersburg) Museum, Russia and dated to the Egyptian middle kingdom, which began c. 2130 BC."

Diana Gabaldon Autograph

Autographs can be worth money of course, but I just think they are fun. And part of that fun is meeting the author and getting them yourself. 

It's easy to get author autographs at book signings and conventions. 

The world's largest mystery convention, called Bouchercon, is November 13-16 in Long Beach, California. Authors like Jeffery Deaver, Charlaine Harris, Laurie R. King and Michael Connelly will be there signing books. 

Ken Follett Autograph

Robert B. Parker Autograph

Today we are giving away the little canvas zipper bag below signed by Laurie R. King, author of one of my all time favorite series about Sherlock Holmes female equal, Mary Russell. 

All you have to is comment below and tell us about your favorite autograph book or the name of an author who's autograph you'd love to have. US residents only. 


  1. One of my favorites is Karin Slaughter and on my wish list is David Baldacci.

    1. Karin Slaughter is one of my faves too. David Baldacci would be good too. I don't have an autographed book by him.

  2. I also got to meet Janet Evanovich, I got to meet sSuzanne Brockmann this past February, she is so funny. I am going to a book signing in November and get to meet Tonya Kappes, Nancy Naigle, Hildie McQueen, Diana Love, and others. I am so excited.

  3. I would treasure an autograph by the author Jacqueline Winspear. thanks for this lovely giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Mary Doria Russell whose books I adore is an autograph which I would love to have. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. My favorite author to meet was Lisa (The Hungry Girl) because she was so appreciative of everyone being at her talk and she chatted with every person who came to the table with a book or not. I would love to meet David Rosenfelt because I like that he uses dogs in his stories and they don't die (which is my prerequisite for a good book with animals).

  7. Oh what a fun post! I went to the Barbara Vey Reader Luncheon in April - my first time on an airplane, and my first author event! It was so fun to get autographs. I think my favorite are the three books in the Nexus Series that Tracey Devlyn autographed for me. She is such a doll! I loved getting to meet her. I would really like to meet Diana Gabaldon and Deborah Harkness for autographs.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

  8. Mira Jacobs signed The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing.

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

  9. One of my favorites is Francine Mathews, who signed my book The Secret Agent. I would LOVE to own an Agatha Christie autographed book.

  10. I would have loved to have been able to get Julia Child and Jacques Pepin to sign my copy of "Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home"!

    patucker54 at aol dot com

  11. I would love to have a book autographed by Stephen King

  12. Our winner is Heather! Look for an e-mail soon.