Thursday, October 13, 2011

Jeff Kinney is coming to Park Road Books!

Park Road Books shared this informaiton with Chris Weiss, and I wanted to pass it along to you.

Who, you might ask, O Reasonable Reader, is Jeff Kinney? If you're a parent of a young reader, you probably know, but for the uninitiated, Mr. Kinney has struck gold with his Diary of a Wimpy Kid novels. It's currently the hottest series for middle-grade readers, and the first novel has been made into a hit movie. And we are extremely pleased to announce that Mr. Kinney will soon be visiting our store! Yola was so happy to hear this that she barked with delight and then ran around the store before collapsing exhausted in one of the chairs!

Jeff Kinney will be appearing at Park Road Books on Friday, November 18, at 4 pm. This is gonna be a big one, folks, so please plan to arrive early if you want to get in line. Following are the details:
First of all, there will be a snow truck there. Yes, you read that right: there will be snow all over the place. The new Wimpy Kid book takes place in winter, so the publisher wanted to create an authentic winter feeling! (Better get the winter clothes out, if you haven't already.) I myself have no idea how a snow truck looks or works, but rest assured, it's gonna be pretty spectacular.

Second....restrictions. Yes, there are always restrictions; remember, these come from the publisher and not the store. You MUST have a line ticket to meet the author (though you can play in the snow without one). One line ticket is good for one family, and you'll get a line ticket with each copy you purchase of the new book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever.

Mr. Kinney will sign any and all books purchased at Park Road Books plus up to two books brought from home. If you plan on purchasing large numbers of the books, please let us know in advance so we can accommodate you. Mr. Kinney will not be able to personalize books because of the size of the crowd we expect. He will allow pictures as you reach the front of the line at the signing table, so please make sure your camera is on hand and ready to go. A representative of his publisher will assist with this. We want everyone to be able to meet the author, so we'll need to keep the line moving as smoothly as possible, and we appreciate your help in this.

If you have any questions prior to this event, please contact the store at 704.525.9239. You can also email the store at or me at (remember, I rarely check my Park Road Books account, so if you ever have a question for me, this is the best email to use). Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever releases on the preceding Tuesday, November 15, and we are taking reservations for it now. Come and join us for this one--it's gonna be a blast!