Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Author Signing!

I was lucky enough to attend a Carlos Ruiz Zafon author event on Saturday night at the DC bookstore Politics & Prose.  I was happy to see that the signing was full – it was standing room only and about half the bookstore was filled!  I was lucky enough to get a seat, but the setup of the event was poorly done – they did it in a conversational style, so Zafon was sitting down.  However, the stage wasn’t raised high enough so you could only really see the author if you were in the two front rows.  As a result, I don’t have any pictures from the event!

Zafon was incredibly interesting.  He talked a lot about his background and his writing process.  He wrote a few YA novels before writing The Shadow of the Wind – I wonder if they will be released in English anytime soon?  I’d love to read them.  He also informed us that The Shadow of the Wind was the highest selling Spanish language book in recorded publishing history.  (He made it very clear that Cervantes’ Don Quijote was published before they kept track of such things).

Another thing I found very interesting was the fact that Carlos Ruiz Zafon has composed soundtracks to both The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game.  Whenever he ran into a wall in terms of his writing, he would start writing music in order to get around his writer’s block.  The soundtracks aren’t available commercially, but you can download them for non-commercial use.  I was in disbelief at his genius, especially considering the soundtracks are very good.

I found the signing to be very interesting!  Here are pictures of the autographs I got:

 

Comments

  1. How very cool!

    *jealous*

  2. How very cool!

    *jealous*

  3. Very cool pictures!

  4. Very cool pictures!

  5. If I ever get off the computer tonight, I’m starting this book! I just love the wings he added around the title.

  6. If I ever get off the computer tonight, I’m starting this book! I just love the wings he added around the title.

  7. How cool! I love wings he drew on the title page of the Angel’s Game!

  8. How cool! I love wings he drew on the title page of the Angel’s Game!

  9. That’s so interesting! I have to say I’m a little jealous, I’d love to meet him.

  10. That’s so interesting! I have to say I’m a little jealous, I’d love to meet him.

  11. What fun! I love the wings on The Angel’s Game too!

  12. What fun! I love the wings on The Angel’s Game too!

  13. How very, very cool!!!!!! I loved Shadow of the Wind and am not surprised that it sold so well. Angels *will* be read this summer.

  14. How very, very cool!!!!!! I loved Shadow of the Wind and am not surprised that it sold so well. Angels *will* be read this summer.

  15. Lucky You-this is on my TBR list I loved Shadow of the Wind.

  16. Lucky You-this is on my TBR list I loved Shadow of the Wind.

  17. I’d like to read his YA books, too. Hope they get translated soon.

  18. I’d like to read his YA books, too. Hope they get translated soon.

  19. That is so awesome! I just started reading “The Angel’s Game” and I love it so far.

    I’m always looking for great YA books for my little sister. I hope his get translated.

  20. That is so awesome! I just started reading “The Angel’s Game” and I love it so far.

    I’m always looking for great YA books for my little sister. I hope his get translated.

  21. OMG You are so lucky. I would LOVE to hear him speak. I loved both of his books and agree with you; I’d love to see his previous novels published in English.

    Best I remember the audio verison of The Shadow of the Wind included some of the music he composed for it. It was beautiful and haunting. Oh man, I am so jealous!!

  22. OMG You are so lucky. I would LOVE to hear him speak. I loved both of his books and agree with you; I’d love to see his previous novels published in English.

    Best I remember the audio verison of The Shadow of the Wind included some of the music he composed for it. It was beautiful and haunting. Oh man, I am so jealous!!

  23. I’m jealous!

    That’s awesome that you got to meet him and get your books signed. I haven’t read any of his books yet, sadly, but they look like amazing reads. I hope his YA books get released here too.

    ~ Popin

  24. I’m jealous!

    That’s awesome that you got to meet him and get your books signed. I haven’t read any of his books yet, sadly, but they look like amazing reads. I hope his YA books get released here too.

    ~ Popin

  25. That’s so cool! 🙂

  26. That’s so cool! 🙂

  27. That’s just terrific. I know you appreciated being able to meet him. I adored THE SHADOW OF THE WIND and can’t wait to read ANGEL’S GAME!

  28. That’s just terrific. I know you appreciated being able to meet him. I adored THE SHADOW OF THE WIND and can’t wait to read ANGEL’S GAME!

  29. Ahhh! I can’t believe I forgot about this! So happy you got to meet him, though! I’m reading The Angel’s Game now. I’m trying to cherish it, the writing and storyline are so powerful!

  30. Ahhh! I can’t believe I forgot about this! So happy you got to meet him, though! I’m reading The Angel’s Game now. I’m trying to cherish it, the writing and storyline are so powerful!

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