Saturday, 17 October 2009

Report & Pics: Audrey Niffenegger Q&A and Book Signing!

On Wednesday, me, my friend Charley and Carla from The Crooked Shelf went to meet the amazing Audrey Niffenegger at Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my all-time favourite books so, as you can imagine, I was really excited to meet the author behind the story.

Audrey started by reading a chapter from her new book, Her Fearful Symmetry. The book sounds brilliant, and I can't wait to read it. She has a very calm way with words, and had the undivided attention of the whole audience (which, by the way, was smaller than I thought it would be). After the reading, she went on to host a Q&A session. Here are some things I remember her talking about:

  • She's fascinated with cemeteries, especially Highgate here in the UK, which is where Her Fearful Symmetry is set.
  • When writing The Time Traveler's Wife, she kept two separate timelines on the computer: one for Clare (normal human life) and one for Henry (where he'd come from, and what he/the reader would know at this point).
  • TTTW's publication process was almost seven years.
  • She hasn't seen the movie yet, and doesn't think she will. She also said she had no hand in the production or casting, though she does think Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams were good choices.
  • Her next book is something about a chinchilla girl covered in hair, with a medical condition that I can't remember the name of... (Does anyone know what I'm going on about?)
  • She has written many short stories over the years, and self-published those in edition numbers of ten or twelve.
  • She doesn't like to label herself as a writer, and would one day like to open a bookshop with no categories.
  • She's not good with foreign languages, but included them in TTTW because Henry's job required him to know them.

That's all I can remember at the moment, but there was more, and she talked for around an hour. After that, we all queued to get our many books signed, and here are mine, along with a picture of Audrey signing:






20 comments:

LovesSam said...

YAY, we had so much fun!!! I am going to have to find out what that is called, you know beingg covered with hair, because it will drive me insane. Hope you having fun at Twi Con :-)

Eleanor Ford said...

Hypertrichosis?

I've read TTTW, which I loved - will have to get my hands on a copy of HFS soon :)

I Want to Read That said...

Sounds like a good event! - I love The Time Traveler's Wife (sigh!). Is the hair thing Hypertrichosis?

Misty said...

Awesome. And I am amused by the signature. I always wonder where people who have to sign things a lot come up with the specific (outlandish, hard to copy) signatures they use.

Michelle said...

That's so awesome! I still have to read The Time Traveler's Wife. Her new book sounds amazing as well. :D

Thao said...

I've not read this book but they are showing the movie here so I think I'm going to watch it first. Thanks for sharing your experience with us Jenny ^^

Sab H. said...

I'm so jealous! Lucky you!!
That would be one hell of a book store with er as owner! :D
Thanks for sharing!

Becky said...

Jenny, I can't wait to read your review of this book. I'm thinking if you enjoy it my sister is going to find it in her stocking. She really enjoyed the Time Traveller's Wife. Sounds like the signing was really interesting. I can't bring myself to read TTW though, I'm a big cry baby!

PolishOutlander said...

How neat! I saw her last week and wrote about it as well. Me and the husband read the new book very quickly to be ready for her reading and signing so that nothing was spoiled. Can't wait for her new book. I must admit, I do like the UK cover more than the US one. I love going to see authors!

Steph Su said...

Aww, how wonderful that you got to meet Audrey! I have yet to read TTTW (yeah, I know, I know, don't kill me, but I will read it and talk to you about it one day! *grins*) but aren't author signings simply the BEST? I need to write my summary of the Scott Westerfeld-James Dashner-Carrie Ryan-Michael Grant (um, WHOA. still reeling from that one) panel/signing soon.

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

The TIme Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry are two of my favorites books!

Allison said...

That looks awesome ! I loved The Time Traveler's Wife, but I have yet to read anything else by her.

The Book Owl said...

Fun! I'm glad you had a nice time. I'm looking forward to reading TTTW.

MichieBee said...

I'm so jealous! TTTW is also one of my all-time favorite books. :) Can't wait to read HFS.

Becca Fitzpatrick said...

AHHHHH! I'm so jealous! Glad you had fun, Jen!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Lucky you! I loved TTTW so I should really read HFS!

Kate said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I always see other people's signatures and wish I had a nice signature. Mine is just my name.

Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

Sounds like you had a good day, and that's some really useful information you brought back with you!

Lucky you having them signed too!

H said...

Sound like you had fun! I've been hearing a lot about TTTW, I should read it.
(oh and I think I know what you mean about the medical condition where people are covered in hair. I watched a documentary on it once. I couldn't tell you what it's called though.)

Anonymous said...

Her Fearful Symmetry ?? what happened to Robert and why did she know he would not return?? i can't find anyone who knows the answer