Meeting Lauren Conrad

The BookPage staffers are no strangers to book signings at our local Davis Kidd. But last night, things were a little different at the Green Hills area bookstore. Lauren Conrad, reality television starlet (known for “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills”), was in town signing copies of her young adult novel, L.A. Candy – and Nashville fans sure took notice. Over 350 people turned out for the signing, and when Trisha and I arrived at 5:15 (for a 6pm signing) we were relegated to the farthest corner of the bookstore (and at the end of the dreaded ‘standby’ line).

Trisha (l) and Abby (r) worry they might not get their books signed.

Trisha (l) and Abby (r) worry they might not get their books signed.

Luckily we found some interesting books to pass the time.

for dummies

And we certainly enjoyed the people-watching.

crazy crowd

At long last, the woman of the hour arrived, and was met by shrieks of joy from her many eager fans.

The author, hard at work.

The author, hard at work.

The signing line actually moved pretty quickly (“No personalizations, no posed photos, Ms. Conrad will only sign copies of her book”) and at the end of the night, we were two happy campers, with freshly signed copies of L.A. Candy.

Can you tell Abby is a bit more excited than Trisha here?

Can you tell Abby is a bit more excited than Trisha here?

Trisha gets the “Good Sport of the Night” award, since she was probably the only person at the signing who hasn’t ever seen a complete episode of “The Hills.” And Abby, well, she’s thankful she has coworkers happy to indulge her guilty pleasures (including, but not limited to: reality television, celebrity magazines and so-bad-they’re-good romantic comedies).

Have you ever been to a crazy celebrity book signing? Leave us your stories here!

10 Responses to Meeting Lauren Conrad

  1. Trisha says:

    You know I loved it. But you’re on your own (or with Lynn!) if Kate + 8 comes to town. A girl’s gotta have standards.

  2. Audrey says:

    Were they really strict with the no personalizations and no posed pictures? I was hoping they wouldn’t be….I’m going to her book signing tonight in Memphis.

  3. Abby says:

    It looked like they were letting people have other things signed (magazines, DVDs, etc.) towards the end of the night, but they were really strict about photos. You couldn’t get near her with a camera! Have fun tonight! It’s a hoot!

  4. Diane LaRue says:

    I went to a Stevie Nicks DVD/CD signing at Barnes & Noble’s Union Square store in NYC. It was her first ever CD signing, and it was CRAZY. I got there five hours early, and was about two hundred people in.

    One of the store employees said that people were lined up outside the store when they arrived at 8am. The signing was at 7pm that evening. Many of the people were dressed in full-on Stevie regalia, with all of their Stevie memorabilia and the store played Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac music.

    She was very nice. I thought it would be one of those “No photos, don’t look her in the eye” kind of deals, but she was very sweet. She spoke to each person, looked each one in the eye, and took their hand in hers. She really seemed very touched that so many people came out to see here. I was impressed.

    By the time I left, there were at least 1000 people in line between the people in the store who were lucky enough to get a seat, and the people were lined up outside the store. The line went on for blocks, and those people weren’t assured of receiving an autograph, but they waited anyway.

    It was good experience, and kudos to both Stevie and Barnes & Noble Union Square for doing such a great job under trying conditions.

  5. Marion says:

    A couple years back I went to an hour-long presentation by Elizabeth Berg. Afterwards, she was very accommodating in signing books, talking with everyone, and having her picture taken. It was quite an honor to meet her and have her sign my copy of A Pull of the Moon — my all-time favorite book by her. She continues to rank right up there as a favorite. 🙂 M

  6. Katharine says:

    A couple of summers ago when I was in DC for ALA, I had YA author John Green sign an audio book for me. I gushed how much I loved him and his brother’s “brotherhood 2.0” project online and he handed me his cell phone and called his brother so I could tell him in person. It was so fun! Love the Green brothers and especially John’s great YA novels.

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