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17 May 2007

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Brian F.

I used to be a Community Relations Manager for Barnes and Noble. They have very strict rules as to which authors a CRM may and may not invite to their store for an event (LONG story as to why). Every year, they send out a list to their CRMs, a sort of "These authors are touring so don't even THINK about asking them" list from all the major houses. The list is exactly what you'd think it to be: Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, etc. A couple years ago, I was astonished to see Edward Gorey on the list...especially knowing he'd died about five years prior. I imagined them shipping a small urn from store to store...

Turns out, it was someone who'd written a book about Edward Gorey and THAT author would be touring (bet it made him feel special that he didn't even make the list but the deceased subject of his biography did). Still, dead authors end up on touring lists a lot. It's weird.

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