On Wednesday, February 17, I made a spur of the moment decision to go over to Bookends, the NJ staple, to see actress Kate Hudson, who was doing a 7:30 signing for her new book, Pretty Happy. Hudson, the Golden Globe winning actress, has starred in Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Raising Helen, The Skeleton Key, You, Me and Dupree, Fool’s Gold, and Bride Wars.
I got to the store around 4:35 and after catching up with the staff, I joined the line. As of 5:00, I was #20 in line with just a handful of people behind me. The line, which had formed outside, was quickly brought inside, and we got comfortable. Luckily, I was surrounded by friends as we waited, and waited, and waited.
Kate came down at 7:50 and promptly begun signing and taking photos. I believe they expected 300 people, and 500 showed up. Kate was great though, she signed and posed for photos with everyone, and she even shared a few sentences with everyone. It was not a cattle run by any means. It was efficient and fans walked away happy.
A special thanks to Walter and the staff of Bookends. This was certainly one of the best signings I have ever attended there.