Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Book Signing: Matt Logelin

On Monday night I had the opportunity to attend a book signing* that I had really been looking forward to. Local author, blogger, dad, and music lover Matt Logelin was signing copies of his memoir Two Kisses For Maddy. I've been reading Matt's blog for over three years now, so it was cool to get to meet him in person and actually say hello.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Matt, his daughter Maddy, and their story, you can check it out on his blog here. For those of you who are familiar with Matt's blog or his new book, you know what a terrible thing he has been through. But you also know he has a great attitude and has done a fantastic job of raising Maddy in the wake of his tragedy. (I'll be totally honest with you. I don't really like little kids all that much. But I really do love reading about Maddy's adventures on Matt's blog. She's just so freaking cute! And she says and does the funniest things. I think I might not be so freaked out at the thought of having kids if I could guarantee that my kid came out just like her.)

I've had my copy of Two Kisses For Maddy for awhile now, but, honestly, I've been too scared to read it. I know I'm going to cry. A lot. And I'm fine with that, I just need to be in the right frame of mind for all of that crying.

Anyway. The signing. It was awesome. I've been to a lot of book signings. A LOT. And this was really one of my favorites. I liked that Matt read a chapter from the book, but stopped his reading often to tell side stories, explain inside jokes, and add things that were cut from the book. It added so much to his reading, and it was just so much fun. It was sort of like director's commentary on a DVD. I felt like we got to know so much more about Matt that way, and I really enjoyed all of the extra information.

Then he answered lots of questions from the crowd. I was so thankful that the crowd actually asked good questions. Nothing obvious or ridiculous, it was all stuff that was interesting and, again, I felt like we learned a lot about Matt and Maddy from the questions and answers.

Maybe this is the difference between a memoir signing and a fiction signing? I don't know, but I really enjoyed it. I wish more authors would do something like this.

Then we got to get our books signed, and, again Matt was super awesome. I don't know why he wouldn't be...he's just a normal guy who happened to have something sad happen to him, happened to blog about it, and now happened to write a book. So he sat and chit-chatted with us for several minutes, which was great. We talked about writing a book, our shared wedding anniversary, and how much I enjoyed his signing, and then we snapped a photo.

Now my copy of Two Kisses For Maddy is all signed and ready for me to read. But since I got tears in my eyes from the random chapter that Matt read at the signing, I know I'm going to lose it hardcore when I crack open this book. I'll have to lock myself in my room for a few hours or something.

If you guys haven't been reading Matt's blog or if you haven't looked into this book, I totally recommend giving them a shot. Matt is an awesome guy with an incredible story, and I'm so glad I had a chance to meet him.

*I have to add that this signing took place at the Cerritos Library which is the most gorgeous and amazing library I have ever stepped foot inside. No joke, it looks like something out of Disneyland. I wanted to move into this library and never, ever leave. You should have seen the freakout I had in the children's section. And then the YA area? My mouth was hanging open. I love my library and all, but it was nothing compared to this place. Nothing!


  1. What an awesome experience! Glad you got to attend. I plan to read Matt's book sometime too. And side note - WOW that library IS awesome!

  2. Oh, I've read his blog. Lovely writing although it's tough to read sometimes because he's so honest. I didn't realize his book was out already.

  3. I am so upset that I missed this...and the magic of the Cerritos Library. I am looking forward to reading this book while scared to even open it because of the emotional knapsack I will have to live in once I start.

  4. Very cool! I saw this book on a few peoples' lists on GoodReads, but I don't know his blog or his story. Thanks for the link!

  5. I've cried while reading his blog before so there is no doubt that I would lose my shit reading his book.

    I'm glad you had a great time

  6. I attended this signing too and this was my first time going to a book signing eventhough I love to read. I was excited to meet Matt and he is a down to earth person and I loved hearing him speak. I know I am among a fellow book lover when you said that the cerritos library is like disneyland I have never seen such a beautiful library.

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