I forgot about it for a few days, but then it caught my eye again this morning. As I inspected it under better light than my bedside lamp, I could see that it was clearly a signature. I could make out a K and a couple of ts and what looked like an asterisk. Could it really be Kurt Vonnegut's signature?
A quick trip to the internet seemed to confirm that it indeed was. The scuff-marked paperback that I had picked up for $2.00 at the CBC Calgary Reads book sale was sporting a Kurt Vonnegut signature.
Are you sure that's not just part of the book cover? The Spousal Unit was skeptical as I proudly pointed out the similarities between the signature on my book and the samples posted online. And of course, a side trip to Amazon did indeed show the back cover of Timequake as sporting that very same signature.
It was still pretty thrilling though, and I like to think that Kurt Vonnegut had exactly this sort of scenario in mind when he made his signature part of the book jacket. Kilgore Trout would certainly approve.
I had already decided, while I was still considering the possibility that there was an original Kurt Vonnegut autograph on the back of my secondhand paperback, that I would never sell this book. I'm not sure what he would have thought of that.
What's the most curious thing you have ever found in a book?