Author Love

Posted on: October 24th, 2014 by

Our society often falls prey to celebrity worship. We idolize those who grace the red carpet, and, even worse, we hang onto their every word.

Words are powerful.

Whether film icons or musicians, celebrities have a lot to tell the world. But first and foremost they are human beings, and that makes them like the rest of us ordinary folk — flawed. Their words, even if well-meaning, can be tainted with strange ideas that sway the mesmerized public.

And then there are authors. Masters of the written word.

Although they’re also flawed human beings, they sure don’t get as much attention as they deserve. With the exception of authors such as J.K. Rowling, our culture generally doesn’t acknowledge these wordsmiths the way they ought to be acknowledged.

Many, many authors are the unsung rockstars.


This week has been extraordinary. A few days ago, an author of children’s books came to visit Ari’s school and talk about how he grew to love reading and about writing. Ari came home gushing with excitement about Aaron Reynolds, author of Chicks and Salsa among others. Ari remembered a lot of what Reynolds imparted to the elementary school students. I could tell she was mesmerized by a “real life” author speaking to her and her peers.

Last year at this time, Ari hated reading, thanks to her Steroid School. It broke my heart, as I have so wanted her to share my love of reading. Sure, we went to libraries and bookstores, but nothing seemed to ignite in her a passion for books.

Until Aaron Reynolds, that is.

When we found out Reynolds was doing a meet-and-greet book signing at our local library a couple of days later, we just had to go. I picked Ari up from school, and we made a beeline for the library, as we squealed in delight. As soon as Ari saw him at a desk signing a book for another child, she started jumping up and down.

Before book signing, name on a Post-It to make sure the author would spell her name correctly

Before book signing, name on a Post-It to make sure the author would spell her name correctly

As we moved up in line, I looked around and was so touched to see so many children in happy anticipation of meeting this author. He connected well with kids of various ages. Ari’s eyes kept staring at him in disbelief that she would be face to face with someone so cool.

Finally, her moment came. He chatted with her and signed her book. It was a pure moment, a moment Ari and I won’t forget.

Aaron Reynolds is a true rockstar, for there is nothing more important than igniting a spark in the mind of a child.

Have you been to a book signing?

If so, how was it?

During Book Signing

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8 Responses to Author Love

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  2. Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

    Thank you, Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer for including my post in your weekly round up. I really appreciate it!

  3. Catherine had this to say about that:

    This is SO lovely to read. I am glad her love for reading was sparked by the meeting. As an author myself, this is extra touching. Yay for book signings! :)

  4. Kathi had this to say about that:

    Oh, I love everything about this story! Any author who writes books that prompt any child to fall in love with reading deserves a special place in heaven, as far as I’m concerned. What a special experience, one I’m sure Ari will never forget. And who knows where it might lead? xoxo

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Kathi, I’m so glad you enjoyed this post. I agree that a special place in heaven should be reserved for authors such as this one. And Ari has been deeply affected by it; I’m hoping it leads to a lifelong love of reading!

  5. Nancy's Point had this to say about that:

    Hi Beth,
    Reading this post was pure delight. It’s a wonderful thing when a child loves to read and is inspired by a favorite author. And then on top of that, getting to meet one of them. Wow, that’s a memory for you both to cherish for sure. Thank you for sharing about it with us. xx

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Nancy, thank you for your kind words. It was truly a joy to witness Ari’s very first book signing (I’m sure it won’t be the last!). And I know we will cherish this for years to come.

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