'Why isn't the author's written word enough? Why must she follow her book out into the world like an anxious mother, to hold its hand and vouch for its character? Why, for that matter, is a book more desirable when it has the author's signature on the flyleaf? .......... Celebritization of authors rivets the nation's attention on a handful of books each year, shutting out diversity, leaving poets and first novelists to huddle in the cold with masses of nonfiction scholars whose subject matter is more vital than it is sexy.'
From 'Postcards from the Imaginary Mom' p163
'High Tide in Tucson' by Barbara Kingsolver