Book Signing and Captive Audiences

Mark at the Elegant Variation pointed us toward this story about a book signing in flight. Imogen Edwards-Jones, author of Tuscany for Beginners, was talked into having a book signing on a flight to Italy. Not being a big fan of these affairs to begin with she is nervous but things seem to turn out fine in the end. The passengers get a free signed copy of her book and she ends up with a few more readers.

But one particular section made me laugh out loud. After passing out the books the author and her publicist take their seats for takeoff and have this conversation:

Ten minutes later, Kerry and I are in our seats, awaiting take off.

“Well, that wasn’t too bad,” she says.

“Do you think they are reading it now?” I ask her, nervously.

“Of course,” she says. “What else is there to do on a plane?”

“All I can think of is the opening sex scene,” I mutter. “Where the husband is at it with the next-door neighbour like a terrier.”

“Oh,” says Kerry. “Perhaps I shouldn’t have given it to that six-year-old.”

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).