Monday, July 09, 2007

Who's Going to Be the First Mystery Writer to Try This?

Doesn't J. D. Rhoades have a book coming out, like, tomorrow?

"Clothing optional" book signing planned by nudity author - Boston.com
WAITSFIELD, Vt. --At The Tempest Book Shop, the paperback books won't be the only things without jackets Thursday. 

A "clothing optional" book signing event will be held by nudity author Jim C. Cunningham, with customers invited to leave their clothes at the door.

"The reason for this is to 'put our bodies where our mouths are,' living what we preach," Cunningham said. "The public are invited to express their solidarity with our message by also donning their birthday suits upon entering the book store."

The event is scheduled for 6 p.m., which is after the shop's usual closing time. And there are rules: Everyone who plans to strip must bring a towel, and there's no gawking.


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10 comments:

Todd Mason said...

Well, there was a mixed, definitely clothing optional reading/get-together among horror writers, reported in LOCUS last year. Plenty of opportunities for The Horror, The Horror quips, I'm sure (even without my own presence sans couture), and apparently a cheerful influx of some rather null-literary types.

Bill Crider said...

Lord, I hope Lansdale wasn't there.

Jeff Meyerson said...

And speaking of events made with The Cap'n in mind... .

Bill Crider said...

Arrrgggghhhh! My eyes! My eyes!

Jeff Meyerson said...

I meant his female fans, not him.

Bill Crider said...

He has female fans?

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I'd like a list, please, Jeff. As for the nude signing, what's the towel for? Snapping people's bare butts?

I went to a nudist place once, and believe me there was little chance of my gawking at 99% of the people there. I did gawk at the few worth gawking at, however.

TM said...

Well, Cap, if you've been to a nudist gathering, you know the towels are not so much for snapping at butts as for intervening between butts (and similarly frangrant and/or damp bits) and surfaces, in an attempt at relative cleanliness.

Not quite as effective in this as clothes tend to be, as most people don't tend to unthinkingly flip their clothes inside out through the course of the day. (Well, I'm discreet as I do so, only rarely on the bus.)

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I know about using towels to sit on, TM, but I thought this was a signing, where people line up, get an autograph, and then get lost. Perhaps there were drinks and cocktail weiners afterwards.

Bill Crider said...

He said "weiners." Heh heh.