Book Signing!

I’ll be doing a book signing on Tuesday, July 29th at  Borders Books inside the Time Warner Building in Manhattan. The event starts at 7:00 PM. I’ll also be discussing my book and taking questions. I hope many of my readers in the New York area will be able to attend.

And no, I won’t be wearing a bag over my head.  See you there!

118 thoughts on “Book Signing!”


    As an ex-NYer, I would love to be there! I might just have to send someone to get a pic of the elusive waiter. Congratulations, you deserve it!

  2. Veron says:

    I’m sure many readers would gladly make a trip down to get an eyeful of you, Waiter.

    Great job on the new book!

  3. MHA says:

    Wait… in person!? Can’t wait to see how you do the voice modulation and face pixelation at a live event. :-) Seriously, sounds like a great signing opportunity!

  4. Elaka says:

    The thought of you trying to sign books with a paper bag over your head made me literally laugh out loud here at work. 😉

  5. Shanon says:

    Hey Waiter–I wish I was anywhere near NY just so I could get a peek at the elusive waiter! Does this mean that your next book will have your name on it?

  6. itstishy says:

    Will you be comming to St Louis? If you do me and a few friends will be there will bells on LOL

  7. Sami-Ann says:

    I live in Cleveland but I am sooooooooo there!!!

  8. Garrett says:

    So a public reveal… I wonder if anyone you ever waited on will recognize you? =)

    Or, maybe buy your book and see that they’re X customer who was written about.

    Congrats on your success!!!

  9. heather (errantdreams) says:

    Congratulations—I wish I could attend! It’s such a fantastic book!

    And yes, the thought of you signing books with a paper bag over your head is hilarious. 😉

  10. WineSipper says:

    Does that make you scared to reveal your identity?

  11. Zayrina says:

    When are you coming to Indianapolis? Probably long after I have finished the book.

    PS Giving up your secret? That is fairly bold and I presume it means you won’t be waiting tables anytime soon?

  12. Sara says:

    I wish I was NY bound.Maybe you can make it to Portland,OR one day.

  13. BigSexy says:

    Someone has to go and take a picture for the rest of us to see. Waiter, too bad I’m not in NYC! But I can’t wait to get the book! Best of Luck and know that all your fans love you!

  14. Michelle says:

    Bummer… I wish that I was not all the way over here on the left coast so I could attend the signing! Good luck! Someone has to post a picture:)

  15. kelbel says:

    Wish I could be there! I live in Honolulu and LOVE your witty and insightful take on the restaurant biz! I have been in and out of “the biz” for 17 years and get a kick out of reading your blog! Come see us in paradise soon!

  16. Bob Dobbs says:

    Good luck with the book signing, Waiter; sell many!

  17. CJ says:

    come to the uk soon! glasgow is very nice this time of year (or at least as nice as it ever gets). =)

  18. Hubbard says:

    Come down to DC and do a book signing!

  19. Mark says:

    That’s my birthday – awesome date to release your book!

  20. Scott Lewis says:

    He said he wouldn’t be wearing a paper bag. My prediction: a mask.

  21. diggity dog says:

    Congrats Waiter!!!!

    (When are you coming to Seattle?)

  22. Bob Dobbs says:

    “He said he wouldn’t be wearing a paper bag. My prediction: a mask.”

    I’m thinking the Waiter’s time of anonymity is nearing an end. If he’s on the way out of waiting, there’s no reason. And it’s hard to promote yourself as a writer (and get writing gigs) if nobody knows your real name.

    I expect in a year or two he’ll be referenced in print as Joe “The Waiter” Blow. Wait, that sounds like a weird pro wrestling name…

  23. winter says:

    Have a great time!

  24. ray lee says:

    I will definitely try to make it to your book signing Waiter. I’ve been reading your blog for years and really looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for many interesting and funny posts. See you soon.

    -ray leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  25. Al says:

    I second CJ and say – come over to Scotland or the UK in general Waiter.
    Come over here and we’ll organise you women, drink and good times.


  26. Catie says:

    I am now trying to figure out how to get to Manhattan for the 29th, which, by chance, is my 21st birthday.

  27. mags86 says:

    Waiter – Too cool! Wish I could be there….I’ve been reading your blog for a long time, actually – I just realized – you are the first blog I ever read….this couldn’t happen to a better blogger. Wishing you much success!!! I’ve asked (I’ve left this remark in the comments) before – but, it would be great if you would offer signed copies of your book for sale. I really would really love to own one….once again – congrats!

  28. Merlion says:

    Oh please please please please please make Singapore your 18,38763rd destination for book signing! Can’t wait to see you 😀

  29. Patti says:

    Congratulations Waiter. I wish you all the best. I hope you come to England, Derby is a great place. :)

  30. Patti says:

    Just to add to my last post.. I’m from Massachusettes and waitressed for years. I would never wait tables over here for reasons we all know.. But I am trying to reform the brit’s one at a time.. lol

  31. Casey says:

    Come to LA! =) I’d come to your book signing!

  32. Phil says:

    Congratulations, Waiter!

  33. Kathleen A. says:

    Congratulations! This is so exciting! I’ve been a fan for years and I will definitely be there! Can’t wait!

  34. OneLinerFan says:

    Congrats Waiter! NYC is great for the New Yorkers, but what about the rest of us? Y not do a US tour followed by Europe (do NOT forget Capri!) and Australasia?

  35. admin says:

    If I get invited over to far way cities and countries, I’ll be happy to go! The more the merrier!

  36. dane says:

    chicago, waiter?

  37. gailsie says:

    Damn! I got all excited, thinking that I’d be in the city that day, but then I reread your notice, and discovered that it’s Tuesday the 29th, not Tuesday the 8th…(never mind that today is Tuesday the 8th: I’ve lost track of the days recently, what with the hubby being on vacation this week and all)
    I’m sooo disappointed…
    oh well, maybe I’ll run in on the 29th anyway. It would be great to finally meet Waiter.

  38. Teresa says:

    Please come to the Tattered Cover in Denver!

  39. Arwen says:

    Finally, a chance to see the brilliant Waiter! Will try my hardest to go. Congratulations man! :)

  40. Booky says:

    I am totally ordering your book once it comes out on Amazon. Too bad I’m in Canadian and can’t get it signed without spending 40 gabillion dollars. =/

  41. Jillian says:

    Come to Milwaukee, Wisconsin! :-)

  42. Nikki says:

    Wow, congrats on the signing! I wish you the best of luck with your book. I’ve been reading your blog almost from the beginning, and can’t wait to read the book! Try to make it down here to Atlanta- you have lots of fans here!

  43. Mariecelle says:

    Any chance you are coming over to Toronto? 😉

  44. Nikki says:

    Well I am in the area and will make every effort to attend! I am too excited to see the mysterious waiter! Wahoo!

    This is way too exciting! I look forward to hearing you read and talk and sign my copy!

  45. Maggie says:

    Congrats! Please come to DC if you can! I can’t wait for your book

  46. mykl says:

    UGH. i am so jealous. please come to Ottawa… you know, the book signing capital of the world LOL

    i finally pre-ordered your book today. i literally received my credit card and then ran home and ordered it. that’s how much i can’t wait for it.

  47. kim says:

    When are you gonna do it on the West Coast?
    Have a good time!

  48. admin says:

    Thanks myld! West Coast kim? If they invite me, I’ll fly out there! I always wanted to go to LA.

  49. Michelle S. says:

    oooh!oooh! Chicago…or western burbs, Waiter?!!!

  50. ShortWoman says:

    What about Vegas?

  51. admin says:

    Call your local bookstores and ask for me to come! Vegas sounds great!

  52. The Bartender says:

    You have to be Atlanta bound…Good luck!

  53. meglena says:

    Congratulations on the signing! I wish I could be there.
    I hope your book is a great success and I get a chance to see you signing copies in Europe \especially South East Europe\

  54. heather says:

    Just got this month’s Reader’s Digest. Kudos for having an excerpt of your book printed in the issue! Look forward to the whole book

  55. Dan says:

    Any chance you’ll be revealing your name as well, Waiter? Or just face for now? =P I’d love to be there but I’m down here in Aussie-land… =(

  56. F says:

    Oh please do a book signing in London, UK!!!

  57. Kim says:

    OH you tease. You should know that you now have to go to EVERY state in the US so we can all see you. Lol.

  58. Carly says:

    Seattle is waiting waiter!

    Around this time of year, it is awesome weather (no rain, well, not much!) and we are all looking for a great event.

    come with pen ready….

    also, yes, an author with no name cannot be as reverred…..

    good luck and congrats!


  59. Rusty says:

    Damn, I wish I lived in New York. I’m sure there will be pictures and youtube videos though.

  60. Barmaid Blog says:

    I’m hoping to drop by, but my girlfriend was also hoping to take me to see Crosby Stills & Nash in Central Park that night, so there may be some negotiating in store. :-) Good luck!!

  61. anna says:

    Yay! Please, please, please come to San Francisco! I promise you have tons of readers here and will be overrun with adulation!

  62. cory says:

    yea i hope someone gets a pic, ive wanted to know who you are for a long time, and since NY is too far away for me, i’ll have to settle for a pic instead of meeting the great Waiter in person.

  63. Brent says:

    I pre-ordered your book today. Whoo-hoo!! Can’t wait to read it.

  64. summerdragon says:

    That will be my 32nd birthday. But it’s a long long way to Tipperary — I mean, New York — from Oklahoma, and I have to work anyway… it would totally be a road trip worth it is I was younger and not so strapped for cash. Ah, well. If I win the lottery this week I’ll be there, otherwise, I’ll just dream…

  65. Amy says:

    Aaand the brown nosers are out in full force…

  66. Thy says:

    I frown upon this, Waiter, because tis’ far.

    I can’t wait to hear about this, though. Congrats. The amount of faith in overnight Youtube and the blogosphere is amazing.

  67. Evonne says:

    I’d love to see you myself, but for the gods’ sake, DO NOT COME TO FLORIDA IN SUMMER!

  68. chris says:

    I predict he’ll have his arms and hands poking out from underneath a black screen… We’ll just have to wait and see. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain…

    I may just have to take the train in from princeton to get the signature

  69. Hannah-Moon says:

    But what about annoymous?

  70. Lisa says:

    To Bob Dobbs – who posted “I expect in a year or two he’ll be referenced in print as Joe “The Waiter” Blow. Wait, that sounds like a weird pro wrestling name…”

    There’s a staff writer on the Dallas Morning News by the name of Steve Blow. His father’s name is Joe…. True! I swear! He’s even written about it!

  71. Anonymous says:

    God damn! I have to work my shift that night! I want to be there so badlt – you are my sanity lifeline.

    But, if you and whoever wants to come to my restaurant for a party, come to Izakaya Ten, and I will fawn over you like I’ve never been fawned over before.

  72. Pookha says:

    Oh, boy! Come to Arkansas!

    Otherwise, tell us how to get an autographed edition, pretty please?

  73. OneLinerFan says:

    “admin wrote on 07/9/08 at 12:35 am :

    Call your local bookstores and ask for me to come! ”

    OK people, you heard it–CALL YOUR BOOKSTORES Chop! Chop!

    I’ll take care of calling Borders and Barnes & Noble Buckhead [Atlanta].

  74. Gaurang Bhatt says:


    I have been reading your articles for more than three years now. I serioulsly doubt for your first book you will visit India for promotion. I hope to see you for second,third,fourth…. book promotion here in Mumbai, India.

    once your identity is revealed, will Waiter Rant will be continued? Anyway, you may start then Author Rant :-)


  75. lonetwin says:

    Wow…how about putting up a picture of yours here on the site for us readers who are not in NY or US for that matter…

  76. Castleexplorer says:

    Hey Waiter,

    Congratulations on your book excerpt that was in the Reader’s Digest! It was pretty informative and fun to read. If you’re ever in Idaho, look me up! :)

  77. Bob Dobbs says:

    “Congratulations on your book excerpt that was in the Reader’s Digest! It was pretty informative and fun to read. If you’re ever in Idaho, look me up!”

    By God, it’s true!

    Waiter in Reader’s Digest! What’s next? Road and Track? :-)

  78. Anonymous says:

    i’ve been enjoying your “rant” for years. congratulations!!! you deserve it.

  79. LauraT says:

    I live in Florida – so I can’t make it to your book signing & wish I could! Good Luck hon! I hope you sell a million +1 (which would be me!)

  80. Maddie says:

    I just ordered your book as a birthday present for myself… I can’t wait for it to get here. Think you’ll ever do any book signings in Canada?

  81. frank says:

    what happened ? ! ?

    you mean you couldn’t get a table at PER SE ?

    frank D

  82. savannah says:

    ok, one liner fan…i’ll handle the savannah barnes & noble! maybe someone could take care of charleston and waiter could do a southern tour!

  83. xkitchenstaff says:

    Congrats on being chosen as a Harper/Collins “publisher in the Spotlight”/Amazon Vine selection and for being the first book to have all copies taken. That should generate some good buzz.

  84. CJ says:

    OMG! Why do I live sooo far away!? I WOULD TOTALLY COME AND SEE YOU!

  85. Prashant says:

    Waiter, I absolutely love waiterrant. So much that when I’m down, or have got some time to myself, I indulge in reading the archives over and over again… which brings me to the point:

    The links for “Older entry” and “Newer Entry” are only at the bottom of the page. This means that if there are 200 comments on a post, I have to scroll down the entire stuff to go to another of your posts. I know – it takes just a couple of seconds – but you could say I’m lazy! Would you please work it out?

    P.S. – I did use the magic word, didn’t I?

  86. auto waitron says:

    one liner…. yeah borders or barnes in buckhead (ATL) sounds like a sweet idea, im down with that! Waiter big time kudos to you!!! as a long time industry pro i thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. i love the ballet you write between postings from the mild mundane observations to the wildly hilarious to the thoughtful insights.

    gosh ive always said i should write my memoirs, but damnit ya beat me to the punch! im sure i will have a blast reading the book, cant hardly wait! much success to you Waiter its well deserved and earned =)

  87. Chris S says:

    Why doesn’t one of you that’s attending record the whole thing (with Waiter’s permissions of course), and upload it to YouTube or something? That would be ideal.

    Also, I’ve pre-ordered the book and would definitely like a chance to get it autographed, or even if you could do something like a sticker that you sign and mail out. I had that done with my copy of Freakonomics.

  88. Kathleen says:

    Holy crap, Waiter, you were the topic of my V(ery)S(hort)L(ist) newsletter yesterday. Well, actually, your book was. Impressive.

  89. CarrieH says:

    Yes, saw you mentioned in the Very Short List newsletter as well. Been reading you for ages now – glad you’re doing so well!

  90. Deena says:

    I’m definately counting on someone to youtube a video!! I’m in Tennessee!

  91. Bob Dobbs says:

    “Hey, I’m in Reader’s Digest!”

    Heh. We scooped you. See items 76 and 77.

  92. j says:

    so uh, you do know just about anyone could show up and just start signing books 😉 😉

  93. Suzanne says:


    You won’t be anonymous for long!

  94. Rocketflyer says:

    Waaaayyyyy to goooooo, Waiter.

  95. Jen says:

    Oh man, I’m going to try and do everything I can to go. I have all these ideas of the fact that goes with the stories.

  96. Lola says:

    I caught the little article in Reader’s Digest. I got about two paragraphs in when I thought, wait a minute, I know this writing all too well. I checked the end of the article and sure enough, there was waiter, lol. I wish I could go to the signing, but NYC is a little too far from Boise, Idaho. ::sigh::

  97. Diana Barry Blythe says:

    Bob Dobbs wrote

    “I expect in a year or two he’ll be referenced in print as Joe “The Waiter” Blow. Wait, that sounds like a weird pro wrestling name…”

    Or the name of a lackluster porn.

    I’ll bet his middle name is Winthrop.

    This is so exciting!

  98. Diana Barry Blythe says:

    *porn star

  99. Robin says:

    This blog has become one big yawn-fest. It has literally turned into one long, never ending mini series of your book promotion.

  100. Cruella DeMille says:

    I hope some fan takes a pic of you Waiter and posts it… I’ve wondered what you look like.

  101. Anonymous says:

    Hey waiter, saw the article from Readers Digest here:

    You are also on Digg!

    Expect a ton of site traffic and sales from this!

    You’re awesome!

  102. Andrew says:

    I have to agree with Robin a bit. What content there is is good. But there’s not enough of it anymore. I’m kinda starting to lose interest.

  103. Ennui says:

    Its true. Look at Mimi in New York. Her book came out but she constantly writes. My problem with this site as it now stands is that the author has turned his back on what gave him the opportunity to do what he is doing now. Ten dollars says that this site is dead in a year.

  104. tipping point says:

    which means the anonymity is over. could you post your pics in here then for us outside of the u.s. to see what you look like?

  105. J-Sizzle says:

    Are you going to have a tip jar?

  106. : ) says:

    WAITER! please come to california. we (I) love you here!

  107. NotAFoody says:

    Oh man, just 2 more weeks. I can’t wait to see the book out. I need a copy and my mom wants one too.

  108. DG says:

    Honestly, I’m very upset. I live a 2 hour train ride from NYC and of course I’m going to be on vacation (mmm vacation) during that time. But I’ll be sure to buy your book at the B&N near the College of William and Mary! 😉

  109. KenC says:

    Shame that you will lose that anonimity.

    As for the bag over the head this gentlemen has made a career out of it

  110. dcinsd says:

    Just returned from holiday in NYC and saw the notice in the Borders window that you would be there. Unfortunately timing was bad. Adrienne Barbeau was appearing that week. We’re back in California now. We would have definitely stopped in otherwise.

  111. thesarahthatneversleeps says:

    I live in NYC! Which means I get to see the Waiter himself in the mask! Oh so excited. I’m taking off work that night…you’d better believe it. Your blog made some of my most disparaging nights as a waitress seem humorous, even when I thought I couldn’t laugh anymore. Love it! Even now that I’m out of the biz (temporarily, maybe) I still love your blog. Read mine, Waiter!?! I know you’re busy planning your tour all over the country and what not…

  112. Zach says:

    Looking forward to catching you in Kansas City in August.

  113. Melissa says:

    I am SO going to be there. :)

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  115. MyaNameo says:

    Just got done reading the book from our local library. I would say it’s all fairly accurate, but so darn funny when you tell it.

    My only gripe with your good customer list is number 4. I can’t tell you how many hostesses have tried to squash my ample husband into a banquette or booth. He’s a prodigious diner, so they’d be better off seating him where he can comfortably eat, not in a booth where he can’t move his arms to move a fork.

  116. Bob45 says:

    People with mental illness often do not seek help when they need it. ,

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