Honestly, I can't believe none of us saw this coming. It was only a matter of time. Here's the scoop. Laurell Hamilton, urban fantasy queen and author of the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series, was scheduled to sign here in Seattle on November 1 at my beloved indie University Bookstore. Plans were made. Crowds grew frenzied. Then...at the last minute...University Bookstore got news of another author coming to town that day.
Holy crap. What's a bookstore to do? Two dates for the dance! Bill could hardly be refused, so U Bookstore did what they had to when a former president says he wants to sign at your store. LKH got bumped off-site. 'Off-site' is actually Kane Hall, which is only a short jaunt from the bookstore proper. But still.
This also created a moral dilemma for me. Well, maybe not moral, but certainly a dilemma. I'd planned on seeing Ms. Hamilton. After all, she is a fixture in my genre, and U Bookstore authors can frequently be coaxed out to get drinks with the staff and us lucky local authors. But well...this is Bill we're talking about. Bill Clinton. My all-time favorite president and politician ever. The guy I'd happily campaign for to be dictator.
Yeah. I'm going to have to go see Bill.
I stand by this decision, no matter what my author friends might say. Post-signing drinks may still occur, and I'm sure I'll get to meet LKH at a con one day. I'll send Caitlin to get my book signed. Besides, if my anticipated rumble happens, I'll get to see both Bill and Laurell squaring off on University Avenue a la Westside Story. Of course, I have absolutely no idea why these two would be enemies or want to fight, but admit it: it would be a pretty awesome spectacle. And LKH allegedly has her own secret service equivalent, so the hijinks potential is pretty high. Stay tuned.