Disclaimer: I know this is way late, but I had camera issues. And personal issues, but that’s the norm, so let’s move on.
A couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure of going to hear my favorite living author speak at the new Times Center. It wasn’t until I got there that I realized I hadn’t brought a copy of any of his books, should there be a book signing opportunity. Which there was. Which prompted me to by another set of His Dark Materials (my 4th, I believe). Anyway, the talk was probably 90 minutes, and it was great. Philip Pullman is charming, funny, and engaging. At the end they had a Q&A where he was asked questions I know he’s answered a million times (If you had a deamon, what would it be?) but he didn’t let it show. Very polite and thoughtful answers. He was in no way a dissapointment which was a relief. Here’s a link to some great notes on the event. (Incidently, this is the blog of one of my online teachers last summer, and I obviously should have been more friendly because Philip went to her house for Halloween!!! Probably would have been too much for me anyway.)
Erin and I had a great night which should have satisfied me, but all I could think about was that I should have brought my all in one copy of His Dark Materials to be signed, and I was so stupid not to. So, I went to see Pullman at Barnes & Noble two nights later. It was a much briefer talk, very fun and amusing about writing the first book and starting to go to signings and being a public figure. I wish all of the people who don’t like His Dark Materials based on moral grounds could see Pullman speak about the story, how he came to write it, what it means to him, etc. I feel sure if they did, they could not remain convinced that Pullman or his books are “evil.” Please do click on the B&N picture above to see his presentation, or click here to see an interview with Pullman from beliefnet.
Never fear, I got my book signed and went home happy. Pullman continues to say he’s very happy with the movie, so I’m really looking forward to it!