Thursday, October 05, 2006

phrase your question into a question!

In this collection of bookstore event etiquette, Kevin Sampsell (event coordinator at Powell's) urges authors and audiences to respect certain rules of politesse.


Don't smoke at your reading. For one thing, it's probably against the law in 48 states, and for another thing, it stinks up the books. Legs McNeil -- I'm looking at you, pal.


Don't draw undue attention to yourself: People came to see the author talk about their book, not to watch you brush your long, stinky hair. And please don't break out your lunchbox and root around for that bag of chips. One of the worst attention-getters recently was an older gentleman who wore short shorts and sat in the front row, directly in front of the female author. You're not at the doctor's office.