Mortification: Writers' stories of their public shame (ed Robin Robertson) provides a sort of alternate view of such events. It basically details in a funny and hilarious manner what authors have to go through in the name of publicity and promotion.
There are some stories from big name marque writers such as Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Coe, Julian Barnes, Rick Moody and Chuck Palahniuk.
There are some real laugh out moments here, with especially
mortifying stories from:
- the humiliation of flying all the way over to do a book reading in front of one person....the event organiser
- the dreaded media interview where the authors gets slotted in to fill the 'cultural' moment and immediately misnamed.
- book signing at inappropriate venues.
And my god, the poets really do drink - see for example David Harsent alcohol infused reading. Nearly every mortifying event told by a poet involved alcohol.