Sunday, October 15, 2006

An evening with Pterry

Friday evening we went up to the University of Washington to see Terry Pratchett, one of our favorite authors. He's often referred to as "Pterry" online, because of his book Pyramids, which takes place in an Egypt-like setting and features characters with names like Pteppic, and a girl named Ptraci who says all "t" words with a P in front of them.

Our friend Tom, also a fan, came along too. Kate also, perforce, went with us. She did pretty well, though Doug took her out a couple of times. We brought along her Schleich lion and tiger for her to play with, and she got a bit loud with them. She'd say "Raah!" in her cute little voice, and we'd say, "Shhhh!" We didn't want to disturb the people near us who were trying to listen to Terry.

The event was advertised as a reading of his new book Wintersmith, but he didn't actually read anything. He talked for a while and told us about the upcoming Hogfather movie (yay!), and signed books. He's a fun speaker. (Speaking of Nick Tennant, who is playing Nobby in the movie, he said, "He was not born Nobby, but he has achieved Nobbiness.")

For the book signing, they divided the crowd up into groups of a hundred according to the numbers on our ticket stubs. Mine was #422, but a guy who wasn't staying for the signing gave me his ticket #81, so I got in the first group and didn't have to wait long. (Which was great, because by the time we got out of there and went to find some food it was 9:00.)

There were some very creative costumes in the audience. Here Kate checks out Quoth the Raven and the Death of Rats.

We have most of the Discworld books at home, but we decided to take along just Where's My Cow? (A Discworld picture book for people of all sizes) and get it signed for Kate. While we don't read it to her every evening at 6:00, it has been in the favorite-book rotation. I remember once reading it six or seven times in one day. She enjoys the animal sounds, and pointing out things in the pictures. There's even a picture of Terry on the last page that she can point to. ("Where's the baby? Where's the ball? Where's Terry Pratchett?") He signed it, "To Kate--Here's your cow!"

We had a fun evening. We'd listened to a Terry Pratchett interview online before, but we'd never seen him in person. Our other favorite author, Lois McMaster Bujold, was the guest of honor at Norwescon this year, but we didn't find out about it till after the fact. Phooey.

Check out Doug's Douggerel page for a Discworld-related poem ("With A-Poe-logies to 'The Raven'").

And since two people in one day sent me this link, I must include it here: Discworld Cake.


Susan said...

Oh my goodness--I am jealous! I watch for his signing tours, but he never seems to get close to Alabama (and surely Atlanta would be worth his time--right?); and my sister in DC refuses to go on my behalf.

Now you've got me all excited about the movie...

Susan Bascom aka smb

Mimi said...

What a great opportunity!

Amy Sorensen said...

Ooooooh...there's nothing cooler, in my (albeit geeky) opinion than meeting up with a favorite author. (The day I went to a Margaret Atwood book reading and actually got to speak with Her Divine Perfection of Writingness ranks up there as one of the best of my life!) What a fun opportunity, and I love that you got Kate involved. She's going to be all sorts of booky when she grows up! ("Booky," btw, being a compliment in my world!)

Molly said...

Nice cake. ;)

Meeting Terry Pratchett or Lois McMaster Bujold is waaaay up there on my list... maybe right after Neil Gaiman (swoon) or Robin Hobb. I've met Tad Williams--a terrifically nice fellow--and Jane Smiley, one of my Writing Goddesses. Lucky you, and lucky Miss Kate!