What: The Gilmore Girls Companion paperback
How much: $22 including shipping (U.S. only, sadly)
Why should I care: That’s $12.95 off the list price/ $7.89 off the Amazon price and includes shipping!
How do I get it:
1. Email me your name and postal address.
2. I’ll email you back a PayPal address to send your payment to.
3. Once I receive your payment I’ll pop a copy in the mail to you.
What’s the Catch: I only have a very limited number of copies to sell at this price; once they’re gone that’s it, I’m afraid.
Can you tell me more about the book? Here’s a bit of background.
Who IS this? The fellow who wrote it 🙂
Fine print: Gilmore Girls is more than just a TV show; it’s a way of life and of looking at the world, with its own parables, mantras, mythology, and promised land. If you dislike Gilmore Girls, please realize you are WAY in the minority here and hopelessly outnumbered by many, many people from many countries all hyped-up on Luke’s coffee. You do not want to tick them off.
Nearly five years after it was first published (yikes – has it been that long?!), The Gilmore Girls Companion is now available in two new formats: hardback and on the Amazon Kindle. I’m really excited about this for two reasons.
Kindle Edition: Just $9.95 – no Shipping! (No Kidding 😉
First and most importantly, it finally gives Gilmore fans outside the United States (and there are MANY) a cost-effective way of reading the book. It never sat well with me that international fans had to pay such high shipping costs for it. At $9.95 I think we’ve finally found the right price for them, as well as for those who absorb everything through their electronic devices these days. Two things about this:
- With the Kindle iOS app, you can also read the book on your iPhone or iPad, too.
- You can download the first 28 pages for free, which will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect, as well as the ability to read Edward Herrmann‘s very moving foreword at the beginning.
(That said, gang, PLEASE let me know if you all encounter any problems accessing the Kindle edition where you are.)
Second, for someone who grew up loving books as I did, it’s just a great feeling to see one of my own get the hardcover treatment. It also gave me the opportunity to fix a couple of problems with the original text (including that @$#! problem on pp. 451-452 that drives me bonkers to this very day). And rest assured, the book’s cover isn’t the fluorescent yellow depicted on Amazon for some reason, though it isn’t the exact shade of the paperback, either – weird.
Anyway, thank you so much for all your support over the years. Without you there would be no book – no question.
Hi all. As promised, I’m sharing the complete text of the conversation I had with Edward Herrmann back in 2009 for The Gilmore Girls Companion. When I went back through my notes I discovered that it ran to 40 typed pages in all, so it seemed best to make it available as a PDF rather than online.
I apologize for the design quality of the document itself; Pamela is up to her eyeballs in deadlines right now so I had a go at putting it together myself. She’s the designer, I’m the writer, and unfortunately I’m afraid that shows.
That said, I wanted to get this text out there sooner rather than later, especially after the thoughtful emails and blog comments I’ve received since Mr. Herrmann’s passing.
A word here on the process: I sent him a few sample questions before we actually spoke by phone for the first time. I recorded the conversation, transcribed it, and sent the transcript to him to make any corrections or clarifications he deemed fit. That corrected text is what you’ll find in this PDF.
More than anything else, I really wanted people who never had the opportunity to meet him to see how he spoke and his thought process. I think the part towards the end where he relates his experience with his own daughters to the way he approached Lorelai and Rory is probably my favorite.
He was a rare individual, and greatly missed.
PS – As a fellow old-time radio fan, I wanted to include a few quick links to the shows and personalities Mr. Herrmann references in the interview. For those interested in hearing the programs first hand, there are many free podcasts available – just search for “old time radio” or “otr” in your favorite podcatcher or in iTunes.
I’m at an utter loss to express my sadness over the passing of Edward Herrmann. I’d taken then week off, and the first time I came back online this morning I see this…
I only spoke to him a few times by phone and email during the writing of the book, but it was enough for me to say that he was probably the most intelligent, best-educated person I’ve ever spoken with. Yet these attributes were clothed in a humor and humility that utterly charmed.
When he agreed to write the forward to The Gilmore Girls Companion, I was less excited by the prospect of having one of the fine actors involved in that program introducing the book than by being able to read the man’s recollections of Gilmore Girls in his own words. As it turned out he wrote as he spoke – really like Richard Gilmore spoke – eloquently.
I will be publishing one of my longer interviews with him in full here next week (once I locate it) so that you all can get a better idea of what I mean.
You were a man among men, Mr. Herrmann. And you were loved.
Not sure when this actually began shipping, but there is now a hardcover version of the book. (It’s a lot more…mustard than the paperback if this photo is anything to go by.)
Among other things it contains a few paragraphs that were missing from the first edition (one of my most embarrassing mistakes), and a correction to a piece of history I would’ve known on any other day (scratch that – THAT was my most embarrassing moment). The hardcover is going for about $10 more than the paperback on Amazon.
I know my publisher would love for me to try to hard sell you all – “just in time for the holidays, gang!” But anyone who’s followed the creation of this book knows that I just want to talk Gilmore. If you want to read the inside story of how Gilmore Girls was produced based on more than 40 interviews, it’s all here. But whether or not you get the book, if you still love a little place called Stars Hollow, you’re A-OK with me 🙂
Now if only some kind soul records and posts this, we’ll have a nice little holiday after all.
The show’s stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, along with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, will reunite for a panel at the annual ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas next year, Variety reports.
“‘Gilmore’ was the highlight of my ridiculous life,” Sherman-Palladino said in a statement. “I can’t wait to sit with these unbelievable broads and relive a time where sleep did not exist, where stress and coffee were mama’s little helpers, and where we all dove into the deep end together to make something weird and very, very cool.”
Hi gang. Yes, I know, it’s been a very long time since I posted anything here. I’ve always been a horrible blogger so no surprises there then. But there were two quick things I wanted to call your attention to while I’m thinking about it.
Netflix. First off, for those of you in the states who haven’t already discovered this, Netflix is now streaming every episode of Gilmore Girls starting this month – an excellent way to get that friend who’s always saying they’re going to give the show a try to actually do it.
WatchGilmoreGirlsOnline.com. Yeah I know, sounds a little hinky. But the fellow behind this site dropped me a line recently and I checked it out – he’s basically giving you an easy way to view individual episodes through Amazon Prime, which of course is an entirely legitimate service. I like the fact that he links to the episodes on the same page he has the episode guide, so if there’s a certain show you wanted to rewatch it’s easy to locate.
So glad to see Gilmore Girls still going strong after all these years – I never ever want to leave that little corner of the world 🙂
All the best,