Tracy Chevalier Book Signing and Giveaway

Tonight my friend Jean and I met for dinner at Joseph-Beth Bookstore and stayed for the book reading by bestselling author Tracy Chevalier.  I just recently read Girl with a Pearl Earring and loved it, so I was excited to hear her speak. Her first question to the 30-40 of us who were there was ‘who likes Jane Austen’?  Well, with a start like that you knew it was going to be good.  She chose 3 different passages from her new book, Remarkable Creatures (just realeased January 5th), and spent half an hour reading to us.  She was wonderful. 

Then she opened it up to questions.  Here are a few things I learned…

*It took her 2 1/2 years from beginning research to completion to finish Remarkable Creatures.  As part of her research she looked for fossils and brought a few that she had found to the signing.

*Margaret Atwood is the living writer that she respects the most.

*She went to an Ohio college, Oberlin.  One of her professors was sitting in the front row.

*She chose to not be directly involved with the making of the movie, Girl with a Pearl Earring.  She thinks a movie should respect the book, but not be a slave to it or the movie will fall flat.  She was able to visit the set and loved it.

*Her next book is set in Ohio.  Woo Hoo for the Buckeye State!

It was a wonderful way to spend a Thursday evening with a friend.  So, when it was my turn to have my book signed I had her sign two. 

So, is this your book she’s signing?  Could be.  Leave a comment with your email address and you’ll be entered to win this autographed hardcover copy of Remarkable Creatures.  You have a chance to earn extra entries by participating in my Tuesday quizzes.  Open internationally and I’ll draw a winner on February 1st.

57 thoughts on “Tracy Chevalier Book Signing and Giveaway

  1. Melody says:

    It’s always so exciting to attend an author signing! (Our bookstores rarely host this and even if it does, they are mostly local authors/artists.)

    Thanks so much for sharing, Stacy!

  2. Violet says:

    I’ve heard a lot about The Pearl book, the title is great isn’t it?

    I have attended just one signing so far, I wish there are more here.

    Please enter me.

    violetc dot books at gmail dot com

  3. Staci says:

    OOOHHHHHH, I am squealing with delight because I just know it’s my book that she’s signing!! LOL!! I am so jealous of you right now Stacy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have read her books and enjoyed all but one…I’ve been reading good things about her newest novel!!

    Of course please enter me!! You’re a real doll for thinking of others last night 🙂

  4. Em says:

    Awesome.. I am currently reading an Atwood which is better than my first Atwood but not quite as good as Handmaid’s Tale.. Please enter me 🙂

    pinkfliplfops44 at gmail dot com

  5. Linda B says:

    How lovely to have a chance at this signed copy. I read and enjoyed Girl with a Pearl Earring, and also The Lady and the Unicorn. I know I’ll like this book too. I entered your First Ladies quiz and look forward to the next one.

  6. bermudaonion says:

    That sounds like a wonderful way to spend the evening! I love that there’s a fireplace in that bookstore. I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  7. Amanda says:

    O my gosh, that is so cool! I’ve read Girl With a Pearl Earring (own it too) and own but haven’t read The Lady and the Unicorn and Burning Bright. I must own Remarkable Creatures…thank you!!!

    nycbookgirl at gmail dot com

  8. Bonnie says:

    I wish that I could have made it to the book signing Stacy!! My husband didn’t get home until 8pm due to working late and the snowy roads here. Great pictures and details..thanks for sharing this with us and offering a giveaway!!! Add my name to the drawing please!


  9. Margot says:

    You are so lucky to have had the chance to meet her and get an autographed copy of her book. Thanks for thinking of others. Add me to the list.


  10. Julie H. says:

    I really enjoyed Girl with a Pearl Earring and look forward to Remarkable Creatures too! And hey, something in common, I like Margaret Atwood too! Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Bookjourney says:

    What a great giveaway and how exciting to be at her book reading. We dont get a lot of that here in Brainerd. Thanks for the chance to win. 🙂

    journey through books @ gmail dot com

  12. Susan says:

    I loved Girl with a Pearl Earring! I love Johannes Vermeer (I saw the exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, it was awesome!)!! I love Colin Firth! I loved the movie because of Colin Firth! Please enter me in this one!

  13. Amy says:

    This is a fantastic giveaway, thank you! I really enjoyed Girl with a Pearl Earring and I think Remarkable Creatures sounds like a captivating story. Please enter me in this giveaway.

    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

  14. Pam says:

    Living in a small town, we unfortunately don’t get many author signings. One day, I hope to attend one though!

    melacan at hotmail dot com

  15. Mary says:

    I loved Girl With a Pearl Earring (never saw the film – I should order it from netflix). Please throw my name in for the giveaway : )

    meah56 AT gmail DOT com

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