Strout admitted an obsession with Cheever and the panel seemed to lament the fact that the current generation of grad students and workshop writers are not as familiar with Cheever as they could be. The story of his personal life is riveting--Cheever struggled with alcoholism and depression--but last night's discussion focused on the work of this self-taught writer, and last night the audiance certainly gained a more complete understanding of his writing.
Strout warmly signed a few books at the end of the night. The two signatures below were done minutes apart, and it may be interesting to see how the same author's signature can change in one night (see the "s").
It is odd to me that there are so few F-NF, non-remaindered signed copies of this book on the market. Perhaps Strout does not make many public appearances. I remember being challenged to acquire a first printing of this book the year it was released, so I wonder about the size of the print run.