My girlfriend and I were in for a major surprise as we converged upon our local Barnes & Noble bookstore last night. We arrived separately, and when I pulled into the parking lot the first thought that came to mind was “why is it so full.” B&N is a spot I frequent often and I can rarely remember the parking lot being so packed.
As I waited outside in front of the store, not knowing my girl was already inside waiting on me, I noticed a large banner at the entrance featuring Jamie Lee Curtis. It still didn’t dawn on me that something big was happening until this man pulled up in front to let his passenger out at the door and I overheard them bring up Curtis in their conversation. At that point I figured something was up.
I walked inside and found my girl at a table reading various children’s books of Curtis. Across the way was a line of people waiting with books in hand. Jamie Lee Curtis was stopping by the store to sign copies of her latest book My Brave Year of Firsts Tries, Sighs, and High Fives. The first thing that crossed my mind as all of this was occurring was the fact I had no idea she was such a prolific writer of children’s books as well as a New York Times bestseller. I mainly know of her film career and her work as a spokesperson for Activia yogurt. I guess I’m not as in tune to pop culture and the children’s literary market as I probably should be, but I thought it was very cool.
As we were making our way to the newsstand (my absolute favorite part of the store) section, we found ourselves in the midst of about hundreds of onlookers who were excitedly awaiting Curtis to read some excerpts from her book. She ended up reading it in its entirety (taking stops along the way to elaborate on certain things). Afterwards, she answered some questions from the audience before being escorted to the area of the store where she signed copies. The line itself was wrapped around the entire store and looked like it could’ve taken her at least three hours to get through it all. We hung around the store for about an hour more before leaving. Of course, I had to get a latte from the café!
One thing I can say about Curtis is that she is a very humorous and down to earth person. She is also not afraid to walk to the beat of her own drum, which probably explains a lot about her success as an actress and author, and you can clearly sense that her family is the most important part of her life. One of her funniest lines of the evening came when someone asked if she would be returning to appear on future episodes of “NCIS.” She also gave a unique response when asked about what was her favorite movie to work on. Well, I guess it was a unique answer for me since I expected something different from how she responded.W
Overall, it was a fun evening. I can now say that I attended my first celebrity book signing. More important, I also got a glimpse of a real life example of the level I wish to someday reach in my literary career.