Signed Copies of Books

Booking Through Thursday asks, “Do signed copies excite you? Tempt you? Delight you? Or does it not matter to you?”

I don’t have many signed copies of books. I grabbed Neil Gaiman’s autographed copy of The Graveyard Book when he came to our town this winter. Sadly, it’s not particularly meaningful to me.

My most beloved signed copy is The Love Letters which Madeleine L’Engle signed for me personally when she came to Wheaton College in 1987. She has long been one of my favorite authors, and it’s especially important to me now that she’s now longer living.

Perhaps the autograph I would most desire is that of Haruki Murakami’s. I’ve looked at books which he has signed on eBay, and can’t possibly justify the price. But, that is one signature which would be the most valuable to me should I be so lucky as to have it.

Do you have an author whose signature you would value the most? Are you so fortunate as to have a book signed by him?

12 thoughts on “Signed Copies of Books”

  1. Bellezza, since becoming a book blogger, I've gotten many signed books. I also found a copy of The Giver signed by author Lois Lowry while browsing through second hand books. They're all special to me! 🙂


  2. Ive only got three signed books but they are all special to me for different reasons. My favorite is my Bill BRyson one bacause I meet the guy and he signed my name also. I quite like the idea of having a book that the author has touched.


  3. I've got two books signed by Louise Penny, author of the Armand Gamache mystery series. I met her last year in Scottsdale, AZ at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore. I wouldn't take anything for those books.


  4. I don't have any signed books, but if I were to have one, I'd love anything by Annie Dillard, or one of Quinta Scott's beautiful books – especially Mississippi: A Visual Biography. I don't care about the signatures, per se, but it would be wonderful to have something personally inscribed by an author who's influenced me.


  5. I heard Yann Martel read from his new book a couple of months ago. I had the pleasure of chatting with him after and have him sign my copy of Life of Pi. Even took a picture of him! More recently, I have friends who went to a reading by Jhumpa Lahiri in Cleveland, OH, and they were so kind to have her sign a copy of Unaccustomed Earth for me, not personalized though. Like Linda, having an autography from Annie Dillard would be cool. And, if I had my wish, I'd like to have Marilynne Robinson sign my copy of Gilead and her newest book Absence of Mind. I think she's brilliant.


  6. Oh, I'd love that Madeleine L'Engle autograph! That's definitely something to be proud of.I think the two autographs that would mean the most to me would be Wendell Berry and Billy Collins.


  7. I don't think it matters if you live in a place where authors barely visit. If Jane Austen was alive, I would very much like a signature of all of her books!I constantly hear Haruki Murakami mentioned in your blog Bellezza so I was skipping when I found that National Bookstore sold a few of his books. I think I'm liking him even before I read any of his because of you!


  8. Cutlex, ooh! I'm so happy that you found some Murakami novels!!! They're not the easiest to come by, so I hope you find them as wonderful as I do. Let me know.


  9. I have a handful of books signed by authors but none that I would say "excite" me. Honestly, some of them were books I didn't really care for but feel bad ditching because of the personal autograph! I do love picking up old books that have inscriptions to people–mostly just from personal friends. For some reason I find this very romantic even if I have no idea who the previous owner was. PS–welcome home. Glad you're back at blogger. 🙂


  10. I enjoy having signed copies of books. My more treasured copies are the ones I've gotten signed personally. I have several Gaiman autographs, some that I bought already autographed, one that was signed when a friend of mine took it with him to a World Fantasy Convention, and a few that I had signed in 05 when I saw him in a reading in Chicago. I did find a signed copy of American Gods in the display at Barnes and Noble the day it was released that I was pretty happy to discover. I got a couple of collectible editions of his books (Neverwhere and Graveyard Book) that both came signed and I consider them treasures.I have one signed book by John Scalzi from when he was in KC a few years back and a few signed copies of books that I found used at Half Price Books and a few others that I found in booths at conventions. I don't collect them because I think they have any particular financial value, but if I appreciate an author's work I appreciate the opportunity to see them and tell them so and like having the signature as a memento.


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