I fear book events.
Not because of any threats of violence. No, I just fear the empty room; the awkward silences; the one or two attendees who stop by the table to make chatter because they feel bad for you. It’s rough, man. Rough. My worst signing experience took place four years ago, after Boys Will Be Boys came out. I was sent to Fort Hood—America’s largest military base. I was picturing a small room, maybe 30 … 40 soldiers who happened to be football fans … a discussion. Instead, they placed me in front of Fort Hood’s version of Target, alongside a stack of, oh, 200 books. “Attention customers, Jeff Pearlman will be signing his new book … Jeff Pearlman …”
Four books sold.
This is my long way of saying I will be appearing in Chicago next week, and would love the company. No pressure to buy a thing—just talk to me. Bring cookies Anything …
Nov. 28: Jeff Pearlman will discuss and sign “Sweetness,” 7 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, Illinois.
Nov. 30: Jeff Pearlman will discuss his book, “Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton,” at 7:30 p.m. at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, 1100 E. Hyde Park Boulevard. The event is free and open to the public.