Friday, June 6, 2008

Heather B Armstrong of

Heather B Armstrong of, originally uploaded by calanan.

At her book signing event at The King's English Bookshop
(1511 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT), Thursday June 5th for her book, Things I Learned About My Dad (in therapy).

See here and here.

About this photo:

A good friend of mine in Florida, Liesel, asked if I would be her stand-in at the book signing and ask Heather to sign a copy of her new book for her. L added, "And if she could sign it something like...'to the best Liesel on earth...' or something like that, I'd be well pleased. ;-)"

Heather seemed to get a kick out of the "best Liesel on Earth" request (she did spell "Liesel" correctly) and remarked that she knows three other Liesel's "so this must mean something." I told Heather the backstory about my proxy signing and she asked in what part of FL Liesel lived adding that she'd be going to FL soon. Watch your back, Liesel.

To be honest, until Liesel told me about Heather I had never heard of the dooce phenomenon. After signing the book Heather asked, "Does she like Chuck?" and I had absolutely no idea who Chuck was! I thought maybe "Chuck" was the dapper gentleman seated next to her (her husband, Jon) but then she handed me a postcard of one of her dogs and said, "Here, I'm going to take a guess that she does!"


Anyway, after the signing Liesel asked me, "So... is she nice in person? Witty? A drooling idiot? Did she spell my name correctly? ;-)" Heather was very friendly and gracious - and drool-free - I didn't spend much time with her simply because I didn't know enough about her to ask anything but she did spend plenty of time talk with the patrons ahead of me. And in spite of the large number of fans the actually line moved quickly. Heather's family was there, too...her mom kept walking up and down the line introducing herself and thanking everyone for coming, it was so sweet.

All in all it was a fun night. And now I have a new blog to follow, too.

Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Nikon SB-800, 1/4 CTO (bounced)


jebro said...

Kirby reminds me of former congressman Chuckles, but without all the wigs and treats balancing on his nose. And they don't really look the same, but the photos of both are always good.

I really should start reading again. In fact, I'm going to go subscribe to her feed right now.

Dana said...

This is a great shot, I was there! She was so nice, I really felt like I was in the presence of a rock star or something. I should probably start idolizing outside of the internet.

Anonymous said...

Hey, that is a great shot.

calanan said...

Thanks, everyone.

Dana, do you have photos online from the signing?

Anonymous said...

So lucky to have been there! I procrastinated and couldn't go... Came across your blog via Sarah's blog. Love the photos.

Anonymous said...

I visited with Sarah and Jon at the signing as well. I was legitimately struck by how genuinely kind and gracious they were. And not just as celebrities. If I'd met them on the street, I'm sure they would have been just as kind.

Anonymous said...

Lucky you. I do hope to meet her sometime.

calanan said...

Thanks, everyone!

FYI, Liesel finally received the book/Chuck postcard - I threw in a printed copy of this photo as a surprise, too. :)

See her blogpost.

- mike