Hugging Book design by Thomas Keeley (found on Blurberati Blog)
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! (Or, if you will: Happy My Little Sister’s Birthday Day, everyone! Let’s hear it for turning 11!)
Jen Campbell over at This is Not the Six Word Novel and author of the just-about-published Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops is running a contest today. Says Ms. Campbell, “I want to hear the weirdest/worst chat up lines you’ve ever heard.” Two lucky winners will receive a signed copy (each) of her forthcoming book. (Based on some of the ‘weird things’ that she’s posted about–which I re-posted here–this book is going to be hilarious. And sad. But in a funny way, you know?)
Honestly, I’ve heard a lot of weird ‘chat-up’ lines in my day (I have one of those faces that seems to encourage strange people and stranger conversation), but since she’s looking for best literary-themed chat-up lines as well, I thought I’d submit one of my more memorable reading-in-public encounters in the last few years. My submission is below; you can enter yours via Twitter, Facebook, or the in the post’s comment section, here.
“Even though it tends to bring out the weirdos, I still often like to take a book to a bar with me and enjoy a beer while reading. On one such occasion, I sat down with a copy of Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives. A man sat down next to me and asked, “What’s your book about?” and silly me, I thought he was actually curious. So I tell him that it’s about poets in Mexico and launch into a long and complex description of what is, after all, a long and complex book. Several minutes in, he interrupts me to tell me that the book sounds dumb because “there are no good Mexican poets.” He then offered to buy me a beer. I left.”