Monday, June 11, 2007

Dean Koontz (Virtually) Back in the UK

After my adventures at the London Book Fair a few months back, where I was fortunate to meet Dean Koontz thanks to Margaret Atwood’s LongPen device, it now seems that HarperCollins have lured Koontz back for a formal appearance in London for his fans.

On the 23rd of June from 2pm, Dean Koontz will be signing copies of The Good Guy from his home in Newport Beach, California, for customers at Europe’s largest bookstore Waterstone’s in Piccadilly, London, using LongPen technology. The signing will start at 2pm GMT.

The LongPen is the world’s first long distance, pen-and-ink signing device and is the invention of Margaret Atwood. Carbon neutral and one of the most exciting developments in the literary world, it enables booklovers from around the world to have contact with authors they would never otherwise meet. LongPen operates over the Internet, incorporating video conferencing to facilitate trans-Atlantic conversations between writers and their fans.

Not only is this the commercial launch of LongPen to the UK public, but the first time that this hugely prolific writer has undertaken a signing event for UK fans due to his fear of flying.

I’d get there early -- LongQueues for the LongPen are predicted.


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