One of the things I love to do in my new life is go to author readings/book signings. I am very lucky to live just a few blocks from one of the best independent booksellers in the nation. I try to go to at least one reading per month, and typically buy the book. I want to make sure they stay in business.
Recently, I went to an author appearance regarding a book about the 1985 Chicago Bears. My dad hates the Bears, but he loves football, so I had the author inscribe the book to my dad. The author told many interesting stories about the earlier days of football, so I'm also going to read it. I just have to decide if I do so before or after I give the book to my dad!
The last time I had gone to a book signing was on a terrible first date. I kind of wanted to tell the author that I was never going to see the guy again lest he think we were a couple -- he was that embarrassing. This time, I went with a good friend, and we had a great time. She's a huge Bears fan, and bought a copy for herself.