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My friend met LMM in London bookstore

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My friend met LMM in London bookstore#1
Posted: 12/7/17 at 9:41pm

I thought this was a really cute encounter and wanted to share the story with you guys!

My friend was seeing Follies at the National Theatre in London today and was hanging around in a bookstore before the show when she saw someone open a "Hamilton: The Revolution" book, pulled out a sharpie and signed it, then sneakily placed it back. When she looked up she realized it's Lin! They chatted for a bit and it just so happens Lin was going to see Follies too. They ended up sitting in the same row lol. 

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My friend met LMM in London bookstore#2
Posted: 12/7/17 at 10:27pm

Saw that on Weibo. She was really lucky.

Lin's signature is cute. I bet a lot of people won't recognize it was his signature and end up buy a clean one.

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My friend met LMM in London bookstore#3
Posted: 12/7/17 at 10:31pm

Thanks for sharing that story! So cute. He's such a great guy.

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My friend met LMM in London bookstore#4
Posted: 12/7/17 at 10:41pm
Not being familiar with his signature, I can honestly say I would have had no idea that was supposed to say “Lin Manuel Miranda” if you hadn’t told the story. I’d probably have been one of those peasants who put the book back because “someone wrote in it.”
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Posted: 12/8/17 at 12:19am

My husband just told me last week that astronaut Scott Kelly posted that he randomly autographed a book at an airport store and I told him that I would gag if Lin this and I stumbled across it!  I literally said "imagine him just pulling out a copy of The Revolution to sign?"  I guess he got inspired!  LOL!  Great story!  Thanks for sharing!   Did your friend buy the book?  I so would have!

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Posted: 12/8/17 at 1:57am

But more importantly, what's he doing in the American History section of a bookstore? I think he long ago would have grown weary of the subject. 

 

\snark

 

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My friend met LMM in London bookstore#7
Posted: 12/8/17 at 10:47am

Hope they made him buy the book!  Isn't it illegal to deface private property?

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Posted: 12/8/17 at 10:56am

...no book store owner is going to tell the author of a book they need to buy the book they just signed, because that would be petty AF.

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Posted: 12/8/17 at 11:22am

Plenty of book store owners would be more pissed that they didn't know he signed it so they could charge a mark up on that specific copy.

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Posted: 12/8/17 at 11:43am

We do not know the full story. LMM may very well have asked if he could go pick a random copy off the shelf to sign. 

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Posted: 12/8/17 at 11:55am

AEA AGMA SM said: "Plenty of book store owners would be more pissed that they didn't know he signed it so they could charge a mark up on that specific copy."

At the National Theatre they sell signed books for the same price of unsigned copies. At the moment you can buy Harriet Walter's, Alan Bennett's and Bryan Cranston's books signed or unsigned for the same money.

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Posted: 12/8/17 at 12:02pm

AEA AGMA SM said: "Plenty of book store owners would be more pissed that they didn't know he signed it so they could charge a mark up on that specific copy."

They also may not know that it's his actual signature (and apparently in California, they have to provide a certificate of authenticity and keep detailed records authenticating the signature). Also, if the book goes unsold they will not be able to return it to the publisher. And while many bookshop owners no doubt would love to mark-up and feature the autographed copy, there is a saturation point and they may not be able to sell the signed copy. 

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Posted: 12/8/17 at 12:09pm

Fosse76 said: "if the book goes unsold they will not be able to return it to the publisher. And while many bookshop owners no doubt would love to mark-up and feature the autographed copy, there is a saturation point and they may not be able to sell the signed copy."

Once this is posted on the Internet, anyone near the National Theater will be checking all the nearby bookstores for this. I don't think you need to be concerned about it being remaindered, especially in the first week of Hamilton playing the West End, heh.

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Posted: 12/8/17 at 12:58pm

haterobics said: "Once this is posted on the Internet, anyone near the National Theater will be checking all the nearby bookstores for this. I don't think you need to be concerned about it being remaindered, especially in the first week of Hamilton playing the West End, heh."

I was speaking more generally. If someone hadn't witnessed it, who knows if that particular book would've sold. My local Barnes & Noble (here in Manhattan) still has stacks of unsold copies of this same book. And often I see many advertised autographed copies for sale months after the hype and release of books from popular authors.

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Posted: 12/8/17 at 9:04pm

MyFavoriteBrunette said: "My husband just told me last week that astronaut Scott Kelly posted that he randomly autographed a book at an airport store and I told him that I would gag if Lin this and I stumbled across it! I literally said "imagine him just pulling out a copy of The Revolution to sign?" I guess he got inspired! LOL! Great story! Thanks for sharing! Did your friend buy the book? I so would have!"

Yes of course she did! And if she didn’t I would have told her to buy it for me haha.

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My friend met LMM in London bookstore#16
Posted: 12/8/17 at 10:54pm

That's good. At least everyone can rest easy that this defaced copy is no longer on a shelf somewhere.

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My friend met LMM in London bookstore#17
Posted: 12/9/17 at 12:03am
Even if someone doesn’t know his signature, it’s one of the easier ones to read (at least the Lin part). It’s not that huge of a leap for a person to connect the Lin in the signature with the Lin on the cover, no?