Tim Gunn in Seattle!

I was very pleased and privileged to attend Tim Gunn’s talk and book signing in Seattle.


When the lovely schnaucl told me that Tim Gunn was coming to town to sign his book, I told her that we must go! So I called for tickets, which turned out to be a ruse — they were just using the RSVP as a planning device, not because they were handing out actual tickets. As well, I’m sure, as an advertizing gimsic, asBut that was okay.

We arrived sometime after 6 (the event was supposed to start at 7 PM.) In addition to the book signing, Tim was going to be a judge in the “Most Stylish Man in Seattle” contest. There were a lot of people there. The style show was going to be held at the far end of the UW bookstore, with the contestants coming down the stairs, then strutting their stuff down a runway set up for the occasion. The show started close to on time. They’d narrowed it from 8 contestants down to 3, and only the top three were going to be able to meet Tim.

The contestants all had their own sense of personal style — some of whom I would say, “I responded to” — others, well, not so much. I took more pictures than these, but because of the crowd I was standing fairly far in the back, and so most of the pictures are blurry. After the contestants were all introduced, the top three were questioned about their style by Tim. Basically he wanted to know what they thought their look said about them, what they were trying to achieve.



Speaking with one of the contestants for the “Seattle’s most fashionable man” contest.

Speaking with another contestant. He looks smart, but he is also wearing *horrible* white shoes.


Then Tim answered questions from the crowd for about half an hour. *sigh* That man is articulate and intelligent and I just want to go have coffee with him sometime. Someone asked him about the process of writing a book — his advice was, “Don’t do it!” He said that it was one of the most difficult things he’d ever done and that he had the greatest respect for anyone who had accomplished it already. A lot of his message was about being yourself, being comfortable as well as knowledgeable about who you are.

After that was the book signing. When you bought a copy of the book you were given a signing ticket. The tickets all had letters on them, A-D. The A group got to have their books signed first — and lucky enough, I was in the A group, so I got my book signed fairly quickly. I told Tim that I had written a book (he loves to read biographies as well as historic fiction.) He said he’d look my book up and order it from Amazon. I doubt he’ll remember to do so, and he’s probably far too busy, but it was still nice to hear.

So — more pictures! Again, sorry they’re so blurry.



Addressing the crowd

Answering questions

Again more talking

Tim signing my copy of his book!


Comments (22)

  1. Ok, now I’m jealous. Tim is smart and remarkably calm about things. So cool. When Tim does buy your book he will enjoy it. You’ve also collected my husband as a fan (and he’s hard to impress). Have a great day. Let us know how Tim’s book is.

  2. Yay! I am so glad you got to see/meet him. Isn’t he just as awesome as you always imagined him to be? He is pure love.

  3. Ok, now I’m jealous. Tim is smart and remarkably calm about things. So cool. When Tim does buy your book he will enjoy it. You’ve also collected my husband as a fan (and he’s hard to impress). Have a great day. Let us know how Tim’s book is.

  4. Yay! I am so glad you got to see/meet him. Isn’t he just as awesome as you always imagined him to be? He is pure love.

  5. Tim! How exciting. I’ve always thought he was utterly fabulous, and no one’s personal interactions with him yet have dulled the glow. I’m so excited for you to have been able to see him! 🙂

    Did you read that the producers of Tim’s new show (Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style or something) want to have a female co-presenter because they don’t think he’s fun enough on his own? Maybe it’s true, in that he’s not the bubbly “And you get a new car!!!” kind of reality show personality, but I think we have plenty of those on TV already. IMO, he’d be wonderful hosting his makeover show all on his own.

  6. Tim! How exciting. I’ve always thought he was utterly fabulous, and no one’s personal interactions with him yet have dulled the glow. I’m so excited for you to have been able to see him! 🙂

    Did you read that the producers of Tim’s new show (Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style or something) want to have a female co-presenter because they don’t think he’s fun enough on his own? Maybe it’s true, in that he’s not the bubbly “And you get a new car!!!” kind of reality show personality, but I think we have plenty of those on TV already. IMO, he’d be wonderful hosting his makeover show all on his own.

  7. That looked like fun! I really, really need to watch that show. There’s an article about him in a recent issue of “Quilting Arts”–shows how far his influence has reached! He seems like a really intelligent, interesting, passionate person.

    I totally want the ruffled collar/vest/short pants outfit that contestant is wearing in second to last picture. But did HE like it?

  8. That looked like fun! I really, really need to watch that show. There’s an article about him in a recent issue of “Quilting Arts”–shows how far his influence has reached! He seems like a really intelligent, interesting, passionate person.

    I totally want the ruffled collar/vest/short pants outfit that contestant is wearing in second to last picture. But did HE like it?

  9. Anonymous

    Speaking of Book Signing

    Hey Leah — we are a group of Richmond fans still awaiting signed copies of your books! Amazon is sold out (that’s pretty cool) — what do we need to do to get them?

    • Re: Speaking of Book Signing

      You can still get new and used copies. But all my novels are officially out of print, so that’s the only way to get them.

  10. Anonymous

    Speaking of Book Signing

    Hey Leah — we are a group of Richmond fans still awaiting signed copies of your books! Amazon is sold out (that’s pretty cool) — what do we need to do to get them?

    • Re: Speaking of Book Signing

      You can still get new and used copies. But all my novels are officially out of print, so that’s the only way to get them.

  11. Off Topic

    Hi Leah. I’m the taxi driver from New Orleans who had a conversation with you last Sunday night at the LJ party at Wiscon. I just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know I’m adding you to my friends list. I really enjoyed our conversation and I hope we’ll get more opportunities to talk when I get back out to Seattle this summer. I’ll be there during the months of August, September, and maybe a small part of October. Do you ever go to the Vanguard meetings on the first Saturday of every month? We usually try to attend Vanguard when we’re in the northwest. I also noticed on your info page you say you like to hike, so do I and I’m always looking for people who are in good enough shape to hike with. Who knows, maybe we’ll get a chance to do a hike in the Snoqualmie pass area this summer.

    I’m looking forward to reading your blog.

    • Re: Off Topic

      Hi there — good to hear from you! I haven’t been to a Vanguard party in probably a year or so, I’m afraid. But maybe in September (that first weekend of August I already have a camping trip planned.) I go through phases with this LJ — times when I read and post a lot, times when I don’t. I’ve been in an “off” phase, we’ll see if that changes. And it would be lovely to have someone else to go hiking with this summer! Feel free to drop me an email when you arrive in Seattle — you can reach me at lrcutter AT pobox DOT com.

  12. Off Topic

    Hi Leah. I’m the taxi driver from New Orleans who had a conversation with you last Sunday night at the LJ party at Wiscon. I just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know I’m adding you to my friends list. I really enjoyed our conversation and I hope we’ll get more opportunities to talk when I get back out to Seattle this summer. I’ll be there during the months of August, September, and maybe a small part of October. Do you ever go to the Vanguard meetings on the first Saturday of every month? We usually try to attend Vanguard when we’re in the northwest. I also noticed on your info page you say you like to hike, so do I and I’m always looking for people who are in good enough shape to hike with. Who knows, maybe we’ll get a chance to do a hike in the Snoqualmie pass area this summer.

    I’m looking forward to reading your blog.

    • Re: Off Topic

      Hi there — good to hear from you! I haven’t been to a Vanguard party in probably a year or so, I’m afraid. But maybe in September (that first weekend of August I already have a camping trip planned.) I go through phases with this LJ — times when I read and post a lot, times when I don’t. I’ve been in an “off” phase, we’ll see if that changes. And it would be lovely to have someone else to go hiking with this summer! Feel free to drop me an email when you arrive in Seattle — you can reach me at lrcutter AT pobox DOT com.

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