If You Write It: Eoin Colfer, AND ANOTHER THING, & More

Last night, I drove my son up the peninsula to Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park. It’s a fantastic store–it used to be my bookstore when I lived further north, years ago–but I hadn’t been there in years. It’s still as great. But last night just felt extra special, and I’ll tell you why.

We were there to hear Eoin Colfer speak & buy a copy of his new book, the very unexpected 6th book in Douglas Adams Hitchhiker “trilogy”—And Another ThingColfer told a wonderful story (btw, if you ever get a chance to hear him, all his stories are wonderful–it’s like going to a stand-up comedy show) about hearing from his agent that Adams’ family wanted him to write the book. Talk about “the call.” He also told us how this was the book that changed his reading life when he was a teen–that showed him you could put comedy into science fiction and fantasy. Which is now what Colfer does–brilliantly.

The room was packed. True confessions: I may have been the only person in the room who hadn’t read Adams’ books, which will be remedied–for fear of the flying rotten tomatoes with which Colfer threatened any of us who qualified. The chairs were filled with many people my age and with…boys. Yes, there were a few girls, too, but to me the boys were the ones who were truly rapt with attention for this man who had written the books they wanted. Lots of Artemis Fowl fans, even more, I think, who were really happy about the idea of a possible sequel to The Supernaturalists.

When Colfer opened up time for questions, those boys raised their hands. Yes, all of them. The ones a bit younger than my son, wanting to know about the characters in Artemis Fowl, and the older ones with really deep voices asking serious questions about his writing process. And when the line formed for Colfer to sign books, those kids had STACKS of books for him to sign–some they’d bought that night, some they’s brought with them. One boy had a book Colfer had signed before & he was going to get a second signature.

I hear SO much about boys not liking books, about losing boys from reading as they get into their teens. I watch my son and, too often, see him as the exception–myself as the lucky parent who gets to keep sharing this with her son. Last night, I realized he’s not the exception and neither am I. Write for the boys, folks. They’re here, and they’re starving for more books to read, more books that show them why they want to write, too.

And for those of you Hitchhiker fans who are wondering, son hasn’t put the book down since we got home last night. 🙂


  1. Terri Thayer says:

    What a great experience! I love it when teens pay attention at all to the writing process. So cool.


    • beckylevine says:

      It was just so great. Colfer said he was so excited about writing an adult book so he could cuss at signings, and then he couldn’t last night either. 🙂


  2. jama says:

    I used to play the Hitchhiker’s game on the computer years ago, but never read the books! Sounds like a good gift choice for my 12-year-old nephew. Yes, I do love it when kids (esp. boys!) ask about writing process :).


    • beckylevine says:

      I think it would be perfect. Eoin Colfer said you could probably read this one if you haven’t read the others, but my son says No Way! 🙂


  3. PJ Hoover says:

    OMG, I had no idea! I will have to read it. Soon! This is hilarious, too! I will totally go to see him if he comes to Austin.


  4. Vivian says:

    Sounds like a great evening. I just started reading Book 1 of the Artemis Fowl series and love how he adds the comedic. Glad your son enjoyed this event!


  5. Andra M. says:

    With a little boy of my own, I’m heartened to see there are books out there he’ll enjoy when he grows up.

    Comedy, science fiction and fantasy, sounds like the perfect combination.


  6. Lucky you! He is one of our favorite authors. My son would die from joy if he got to meet Eoin Colfer.


  7. Rosanne says:

    I love what you have to say about boy readers here. There are more of them out there than we think. They may not chatter about their books in quite the way some girls do, but they are their own tribe, and they know when they’ve found a fellow reader.


    • beckylevine says:

      Rosanne–Colfer talked about how he and his friends would recite/act out whole scenes from the Hitchhiker books when they were teens,and that’s what I see my son doing, too. Maybe that’s the boy “chatter.” They do have a tribe & they pass these books back and forth. It’s great. Thanks for stopping by!


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