Jan's books are unique, and so are her programs. We hope we address all your questions here, but if not, feel free to call us at 919-828-1588. Jan will sign any number of Cinders and one other purchased backlist. Signed bookplates will be available for other Jan Brett books purchased from us.
Who: Jan Brett, the best-selling author and illustrator of many picture book classics, including several with a Christmas holiday theme.
What: Jan's program is free and open to the public. It takes place at our store. Jan will do a presentation for approximately 15 minutes. She'll then begin signing books. Because she is on a tight tour schedule, we have her from 5 - 7 p.m. only. Expecting a very large turnout, we're using tickets for the signing line after her program. To obtain a ticket, you must purchase Cinders from us. Each ticket has a letter on it; the earlier the book is purchased, the earlier the letter. However, a ticket does not guarantee you a seat at the program.
When: Saturday, November 23 from 5-7 p.m. Seating is first come, first served, and we anticipate a standing-room event. Cinders (Penguin $17.99) is now available. Customers can get a signing line ticket with the purchase of the book FROM US.
Where: Our event will take place at our store.
The Extras: Jan's quite the artist, and her appearances are events in themselves. Wait until you see her tour bus outside our store, all decked out for Cinders! You may take pictures of the bus, but remember it is in a busy parking lot. Please escort children who wish to see the bus.
Hedgie the Hedgehog, one of Jan's classic characters, will be here (costumed character), and will pose for pictures with you!
How do signing line tickets work? What does the letter on them mean?
When you purchase a book, we reserve a lettered ticket for the signing line with your book. The earlier a book is purchased, the earlier letter in the alphabet your ticket will have. Each letter group has a small number of tickets in it, so the line moves fairly quickly. The letter on the ticket corresponds to your place in line - Letter A ticket holders will have their books signed first, then Bs, and so forth. We suggest purchasing books before the event. Your ticket will be with your book when you pick it up.
What if I decide at the event that I want another book?
We always strive to have more than enough books at an event, but a huge program can surprise us. Jan also has a huge number of books. So if there is a specific book you want to ensure getting, we highly recommend purchasing it from us before the program.
Can I bring other Jan Brett books with me to the event for signing?
Because of Jan's time crunch, and the expected crowd, we are limiting signing to copies (any number) of Cinders and one other purchased backlist. Signed bookplates will be available for other Jan Brett books purchased from us (and the Jan Brett-designed bookplates are lovely).
Can I leave other Jan Brett books at your store for signing?
Books purchased here may be left for signing/bookplates. Signing will be for copies of Cinders and one other selection; others will receive signed special Jan Brett bookplates. Jan can only sign or give signed bookplates for books purchased at QRB.
Can I have my books personalized?
We're sorry, because of Jan's time limitation, she will not be able to personalize. This is to allow as many people as possible to have their books signed.
If I leave my book for signing, how do I get it back?
You may pick up your signed books at our store from November 24 on.
Is photography allowed?
Yes, photography is allowed, but not videotaping of the program. Posed photography with the tour bus and Hedgie (costumed character) is allowed. There will not be time for POSED pictures with Jan, but having someone photograph you while Jan is signing your books is fine.
What if I order it through the Quail Ridge Books website?
Orders through our website are the same as coming into the store. If you are in our Readers' Club, your discount applies. Please specify if you need a signing line ticket.
Jan Brett sets her Cinderella story in a snowy Russian winter where one magical night, Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters don't recognize her.