As I have mentioned already, The Berwyn Library is hosting bestselling author Gillian Flynn on Wednesday, July 11th at 7pm. Yesterday the Chicago Sun Times had the event listed with their review of Gone Girl.
Registration for the event opened to the public today. We only have 20 spots left, so email ra[at]berwynlibrary[dot]org to hold your place ASAP.
One of the questions we have had from people is, "Well, I haven't read any of her books. Can I still come?" Our answer is: OF COURSE! If you like reading, come see an actual author. But I got this question enough that I thought I would turn it into today's Monday Discussion.
If you had asked me this question 10 years ago, I would have said that there was no way I would go to see an author whose books I hadn't read. What would have been the point? However, after 12 years as a professional Readers' Advisor I have a completely different answer.
I have been at many author events for work over the last dozen years and often I had never read the author's work, but still enjoyed these talks. In 1997, I saw Sherman Alexie at the Printers Row Book Fair back when he was listed in Granta as a "Best Young American Novelist" and I saw Karin Slaughter here at the BPL last year. Even though at the time, I had read nothing by either author, I learned quite a bit about their process from listening to them speak. Both are huge best sellers today.
I think if you love reading and books, seeing any author speak about their writing is a worth while experience. However, I can totally understand wanting to be familiar with an author's "style" before seeing them (literally seconds ago a patron just told me this is why she is reading Dark Places even though it is, as she said, "not my genre").
So for today's Monday Discussion, let me know about you. Do you need to have read an author's work before you will see them speak? Let me know.
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