I went to the Mall today for the National Book Festival. It was great fun. Chatted with friends. Saw a number of prestigious writers including Salman Rushdie and Neil Gaiman.
Neil Gaiman always gets a lot more fans waiting for signatures than any other author who attends. Even though his finger was fractured, he signed books from 1:00 until they closed him down at 5:00. (Everyone else signed for two hours.) At 5:00, he got up and walked down the line of the remaining fans (who had sat in the heat and rain for four hours) signing their books. Pretty impressive guy.
The high point was a rainbow that appeared — an entire half-circle arc — with one end disappearing into the Capitol Building (or so it appeared.) This really amused me, as I kept thinking it was some kind of omen — or that if we could only rush in and grab the crock of gold at the end, it would make a nice contribution to the banking crisis. My phone could not pick it up…but several other people took pictures. If anyone posts a successful picture, I’ll post a link.
Idid get a picture, not a good one but still, of Mr. Gaiman as he went above and beyond the call of duty to sign those last fifty books or so: