Shop assistant signing

The perfect companion piece to last week’s Author Signing post, another hilarious cartoon by Andrew Weldon, this one from The Big Issue No 391, 11-24 Oct 2011.

Shop Assistant Signing may indeed be the perfect solution to the problem outlined by Parnell Hall in his song Signing in the Waldenbooks.

With thanks to Sulari Gentill for alerting me to this video, which is all the more hilarious for being true. Sulari says she hums this tune in her head whenever she’s sittling alone at a signing table — not that I can imagine that happening much in her case.


About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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2 Responses to Shop assistant signing

  1. Believe me Angela, it does happen. I had a “Mary Higgins Clarke” moment at the SWF when I was seated next to Fatima Bhutto at the signing table. Her line was at least 100 metres long. Worse still, there was just the two of us at the table. I maintained my dignity by pretending I was part of her entourage… 🙂


    • angelasavage says:

      Brilliant! Next time I suffer a bout of Empty Signing Queue Syndrome next to someone experiencing Long Signing Queue Distention, I’ll stand over their shoulder with a handful of pens 😉


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