Thanks to an email from Linda, I, along with Linda and Avis, (the remaining two members of our blogger group, Cindy and Tina, decided not to go) attended a book signing for Elizabeth Kostova's new book, The Swan Thieves. Ms. Kostova was in downtown Montreal at 6:30 p.m. at Paragraphe bookstore which for me, meant a train and metro ride at rush hour. It was worth it!
The author read a chapter and the prologue from The Swan Thieves, answered questions and graciously signed her novels. I have read her first novel, The Historian, twice (which shows you how big a fan I am) and was planning on getting both the new book and, though I have a much-loved and read copy of The Historian, I wanted a pristine copy. Imagine my disappointment when the store clerk told me they were sold out! And not because people at the signing were buying them either. Paragraphe just didn't have any! Is it just me, or does anyone else think that's strange?
Still, I've very pleased I made the trip downtown to see one of my favourite authors. I'm always a bit shy with them but I did ask Ms. Kostova if she planned on writing a sequel to The Historian. She said she preferred to concentrate on a different topic. I haven't read The Swan Thieves yet, but if it's even half as good as The Historian I know I will love it!
Avis's post about meeting Elizabeth Kostova is here and Linda's is here.