Mr. Obie Joe was mightily intrigued to hear Rosie O'Donnell's decision to remain quiet during the launch of her new book, a memoir of her childhood and her mother's death. She issued a statement for her preference to let the book speak for itself.
Her decision is not an anomaly among some authors, Salinger and Pynchon being the most extreme among them. However, with memoirs, the connection to the audience is a much more visceral one, and O'Donnell should see the worth of having audiences tell their story to her. Many of the themes in her book--losing a parent as a young child, coming out, having children -- resonate deeply with readers, and O'Donnell's readings/appearances could spark wonderful conversations between readers and herself.
On the flip side of author appearances, an anecdote-filled story about good and bad book tours appears in today's Baltimore Sun. www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/booksmags/bal-to.signings24sep24,0,2544800.story
The story about Jodi Picoult's run-in with a remarkable question is worth the click.