Signed books

If you’re in San Francisco, Seattle, or New York City you can find signed copies of my books here:

866 Valencia St
San Francisco
They not only have the Magic or Madness trilogy but also Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction and Daughters of Earth

Books Inc Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness
San Francisco

All For Kids
2900 N.E. Blakeley Street

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York

If you’re hankering for a signed copy of one of my books but don’t live anywhere near those shops—they all do mail order.

And because I’m curious how many of you like to have all your favourite books signed by the author? Do any of you collect signed books even if you’ve not read the book in question?


  1. Rebecca on #

    i like signed books, but only if they’re signed in person. i enjoy meeting authors, so i don’t usually buy signed stock copies on the chance that i’ll get to meet the author someday. it’s unusual for me to get books signed if i haven’t already read them, b/c when i go to a signing, it’s almost always b/c i read the book and liked it enough to go meet the author.

  2. zebediah on #

    Yes!!! 🙂

  3. jonathan on #

    Like Rebecca, I tend to get signed books only when I hear or meet the author. The book I get signed might be one I’ve already read, or a new book by an author I already like.

    A notable exception was grabbing a copy of “foundling” by d.m. cornish at the reading matters conference this year. I’d never heard of him let alone read his book. I got a copy signed based largely on his illustrations, hearing him speak, and exchanging a very small amount of words with him.

    at the same conference I sort of went backwards with margo lanagan & got an older book “black juice” signed since this was one of the first YA books I read & was largely responsible for getting me excited about ya lit.

  4. capt.cockatiel on #

    I’ve never bought a signed book that I haven’t read or whatever. I just keep a look out for when authors are in town and get them signed then.
    I think it was Patrick Carman who came a few years ago to do a signing and he told me approx. what each of my books were worth now that he had signed them. That was really funny. (: I love getting books signed and talking with authors.

  5. Justine on #

    I, too, am only interested in a signed book if I’ve met the person. It’s a nice way of remembering the meeting. But it is a bummer when you have a book personalised to you that you no longer want . . .

    Capt. Cockatiel: Really? That’s hilarious! I doubt my signature adds much value. Also I thought the signature only added value if the book wasn’t personalised.

  6. Kadie-Wa on #

    I’m so jealous of those people. Darn

  7. capt.cockatiel on #

    Justine: I don’t know. He was a funny guy… all, “Oh! This book actually has an extra chapter in it! it’s worth about fifty dollars!” and i was like, “umm… okay? i wasn’t planning on selling it…” But I don’t really know anything about it. He just went on and on about first additions to me. I have no clue if he was right or not. I know nothing about signatures adding value. Nothing at all.

  8. Lizzy-wa on #

    i LOVE signed books! there so foolio. i have this signed book by this guy whos name i cant pronounce. i can hardly pronounce the book! plus its like 200 years old! it was my grandmas. yet, it is in the front of my bookshelf. hehe.

    -Lizzy-wa OUT! 😛

  9. Megaera on #

    such a shame… wish I were still living around those parts. O well, it was much better meeting you in person. Several months ago when you ran by my school in Tyler, Texas, on account of the Landers, who i believe are related to Scott Westerfeld. You told me that if I liked Holly Black then I should read CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clair and get back to you once i had read it. Well I finally got the book a few days ago and haven’t been able to put it down since. Only just now did I finish this phenomenal book that made me want to laugh, cry, scream, dance, etc., etc. Thank you for the recommendation. I can hardly wait for the next two volumes!!!


  10. kris on #

    I have a strange obsession with collecting signed books. It really began last year at the Texas Book festival where I got several books I had not read. I’d never even heard of the authors before I saw some of them speak. My obsession also led me to Humble when you were there, but I still haven’t read the MM books (sorry, I’m getting there, but I’m also finishing grad school) but of course I got you to sign one. My latest additions are Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willams (such a rock star), Hero by Perry Moore (found out about it by seeing him speak) , and …Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. (I’ve only read Knuffle Bunny so far.) And i got many other books signed at the festival. You really should come to the Texas book festival one year. It’s amazing.

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