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Meeting Michael Connelly

Posted by Velox , in School, Life, Literature Dec 05 2012 · 706 views

Michael Connelly Book Signing Castle The Black Box Harry Bosch

So on Sunday I had the honor of meeting one of my favorite authors: Michael Connelly. A master in the mystery genre, Connelly has just published his 25th book (in only 20 years); the 18th book in the LAPD Detective Harry Bosch series. I unfortunately have not yet read all of his books, but I am making my way through, having read 13 books so far (8 of which were Harry Bosch novels). Connelly has also guest-starred in the amazing TV show Castle, which just added to the excitement of meeting him. 

Anyway, it was actually extremely fortunate. For my Creative Writing class, I had to go to two readings -- one fiction, and one poetry, and then write a report on them. I was lucky that, the day before these reports were due, Michael Connelly was speaking at a Barnes and Noble near my house. 
Unfortunately, I didn't know I was going to be going to the book signing, so I had ordered his new book, The Black Box, online a few days earlier. And it hadn't come yet. So instead I was that one awkward guy with his second-newest book (The Drop) for him to sign (I also had him sign a label that I have now stuck on The Black Box when it arrived earlier today). It wasn't really that awkward, though, and it was extremely awesome being able to meet him and talk to other Connelly fans in line while waiting to meet him.
And I have proof!

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You can thank my phone for the blurry picture (and of course I wasn't looking at the camera. Oh well). 
So I went there, waited in line and heard him speak for ~45 minutes (which was awesome, though slightly hard to hear), then finally got up and had him sign my stuff and take a picture. Later that night I drove up to Santa Monica for a poetry reading (yes, I am a procrastinator, and waited until the day before to go to both readings -- I'm lucky there was even a poetry reading near me that night), and I was actually pleasantly surprised. I wasn't expecting it to be all that good, but it wasn't bad -- author/professor Carol Quinn read from her book Acetylene, and afterward I bought it and had her sign it. I had never heard of her before this, so I'm glad she turned out to be pretty good. 

Overall a good day. Two book signings/readings, was able to finish my homework barely in time for my Creative Writing class the next day, and I got to meet one of my favorite authors. 
~ Velox

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You and your dapper suit jackets.

Congrats man! I wish famous authors held book signings where I lived. :v
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Jean Valjean
Dec 05 2012 11:21 PM

:kaukau: Congratulations on being well-presented.  If there's anything to critique, though, I personally would have worn a bowtie and some better pants, which I would have tucked my shirt into, but that's just my style and I have those clothes available.  At least you know how to dress in such a way that matches your self-respect.


Happiness that you wore a suit coat set aside (seriously, not too many people do that these days), I think this is pretty cool, especially if he's at all related to Jennifer Connelly, which would be even more awesome, but those are my own fandoms.  The point is, I completely understand your interest in this author, given the type of literature you write.  You should post some more ambitious detective fiction for me to read sometime, regardless of whether it's Bionicle or CoT.


It's a bit sad that I don't get to see famous people too often, but that's what I get for not living in California. But...at least I have George Reeve, Brandon Routh, Admiral Franken, Herbert Hoover, Captain Kirk, and Ronald Reagan during a time where he commentated for Hawkeye games on the radio, SO THERE!



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@ Micah ~ Haha thanks. I do really love this one. I just have to get another one soon. =P But yeah, that is definitely one of the big pluses of living in a big city. Of course, there's many negative parts as well, but hey. 


@ Kraggh ~ Eh. =P Bowties are cool, but I don't personally like wearing them that much. I'd rather wear just a normal tie (perhaps a knit tie, too, if I'm wearing a sweater -- those go nicely with tweed jackets and sweaters). And yeah often I'll wear dressier pants (and then obviously tuck in my shirt) -- just for every day wear, jeans are more comfortable and I don't really like tucking collared shirts into them. But I will sometimes. But thanks haha. It really is sad that not many people wear them. 


Nope, he's not related at all (at least...that I know of. =P Who knows). And I do have a detective short story that's in-the-works, so you might just be seeing that soon.

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