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So my two teens at home ruined their perfect attendance with a quick visit to our local Barnes & Noble. The event? A book signing by Greg Gutfeld. In case you don’t know of Greg (the girls’ teachers didn’t when they mentioned him to them), he’s a writer/news figure on Fox News. We love watching him on “The Five” (I almost always listen to it as I make dinner), as well as occasional appearances on The O’Reilly Report.
We arrived 30 minutes early, and there were already about 100 people in line. I ponyed up for books for each of the girls, as well as one for a friend, and we got into line. There were rules: no photos (his staff took photos, which I can apparently access later online), no personalized autographs, and books must be opened to a specific page. The no-photos rule wasn’t strictly enforced, and many (I being one of them) did take photos. I think the idea behind all these rules was speed. Indeed, Gutfeld’s next appearance was scheduled for 3 hours after ours, and I think it would take him at least 3 hours to reach the destination.
He was promoting his new book, How To Be Right: The Art of Being Persuasively Correct. He arrived right on time, walking quickly to his signing spot and greeting all of us, thanking us for coming.
Then he began signing — very quickly. Within 10 minutes, he was signing our books and chatting very briefly with each of us.
He seemed very friendly (and seriously, I would expect this — I would love to be the author sitting there with 300 people waiting for their 10 seconds with me. But among the several signings I’ve attended, there have been a few authors who acted put out with the whole situation). And yes, he is short — 5’5″. Since he was sitting, though, this was only evident as he walked in.
I had a great time at the signing, as did the girls. I’ll review his book after I read it. If you aren’t familiar with Gutfeld, try out his show or one of his books. What I love about him is his intelligence and dry humor.
Have you attended one of Greg’s book signings? How about another author’s? Sound off in the comments below!