Friday, May 2, 2008

Star-struck: Celebrity Authors at Book Expo

I'll admit it. I grew up in a small town (and that's probly where they'll bury me...). My opportunities to see famous people in Evansville were limited. So that's why I get particularly excited about the author autographing sessions at Book Expo, which is coming up and the end of the month. Several of my authors will be autographing their books again this year. But I always enjoy sneaking a minute to meet other famous authors there. I've chatted up Henry "Fonzie" Winkler (see left), Scott Adams, and Kate Pierson of the B-52's, to name a few.

So this year's lists of autographing sessions are now available online here. Since we'll be in L.A., there will be a few more TV people than usual. Here are some names that caught my eye:

  • Alec Baldwin (Yeah baby! He's on fire now, even after calling his daughter a little pig!)
  • Bobby Brown
  • Dom Deluise
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Garrison Keillor
  • Vicki Lawrence as Mama Harper (uh, maybe I'll skip this one)
  • Stan Lee
  • Leonard Nimoy (although his book looks somewhat illogical to me)
  • William Shatner
  • Ty Pennington
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Kirk Cameron (preachy as ever)
  • Ray Bradbury (he's still alive? I love this guy!)
  • Cheech and Chong (one of them promoting a kids' book?)
  • Judy Blume (I'm still in trouble for my contraband copy of Forever, but who didn't love Fudge?)
  • RFK Jr.
  • Brooke Shields
  • Kevin Nealon
  • Ernest Borgnine

And last but not least:

  • Salman Rushdie (has the fatwah expired?)

So it looks like a pretty good crop of celebs--or the makings of a good CelebReality show. Of course, Dr. Ruth will be there as usual, and Henry Winkler and Scott Adams are back again, too. This is the one weekend a year that the book nerds rub shoulders with Hollywood. And I wouldn't miss it!

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