I think Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books&Books, Miami, along with his Zoom guests, author John Grisham and author Carl Hiaason, forgot they were on camera this past Wednesday. It was like a boys night out. Eliot and I had 90 minutes of good laughs.
They started discussing embarrassing things that happen to them on the road during book signings. They miss going to book stores and personally meeting fans.
They talked about no one showing up for book signings, people coming by to say hello and never buying books, and being asked to sign some very strange things.
John said that one time a woman waited on a crowded line for a half hour, walked up to the desk he was sitting at, and asked him to sign her breast. He noticed her tough-looking boyfriend to the side who was just staring at him.
He decided to accommodate. Her breast was rather large so he signed John Grisham and added Jr. because there was plenty of room.
She buttoned up and walked away. Then her boy friend walked up to the desk, looked John right in the eye and unzipped his pants. He took out his penis and said, “sign this.” Without hesitation, John took his magic marker, and made the illusion to sign J.G, because there wasn’t enough room for his whole name. By that time the police showed up and asked John if he wanted to press charges. He said “no” for the gal and “yes” for the guy
John has a new book, “A Time For Mercy” coming out this October and Carl’s book, “Squeeze Me,” was just released. Carl just got engaged. At 68, this will be his third marriage.
Do you believe this nut job is Governor Gavin Newsom’s ex-wife? What was he thinking? Don’t answer that.