Washington DC Book Fair
May 20, 2006

Photos by Norman Tarantino

One of the longest non-ticketed lines in the traditional autograph area at the BookExpo America DC 2006 was for Leonard Cohen. (For some authors such as Tommy Chong, Mary Cheney and Sen.Ted Kennedy you needed a ticket to get a signed book.) Leonard arrived at 12:00 PM for the half hour session. He looked relaxed and happy to meet book sellers and fans. He did sport a very infectious smile as he talked and signed "The Book of Longing" Anjani Thomas,( I didn't realize it was her till I saw her photo on the page) was seated next to Leonard and stamped each book with a red stamp that made the recipient a member of the "Order of the United Heart".

It was an honor to get to meet Leonard again. I meet him after his excellent performance in Philadelphia in July of 1993. He was as always, a man of complete class at this event. Leonard gave ever fan a minute as he signed the book and express how grateful he was for the love of his books and music. He signed a copy of "The Book of Longing" for us, and yet he signed my well read copy of "Stranger Music" also.

The line became too long and was had to cut it off, due to the time he was allowed to sign. A few fans were a bit up set.

This book is an excellent read with some of his best works to date.


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