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Who wrote this? Judging an author's signature

'Dear Mr. You'
'Dear Mr. You'

For me, a trip to Barnes & Noble during the Christmas season includes perusing the signed copies of new books written by famous people.

I have looked at more than a dozen of these books, curious to see if the penmanship is as well-crafted as the printed words in the works of nonfiction and fiction.

The signatures: Some good, others bad.

I have looked at copies signed by actresses, an actor, musicians, retired athletes, celebrity chefs, children's book creators, a reality TV celebrity, a feminist and an author of thrillers.

And I used my iPhone to take pictures of the signatures that appear on one of the opening pages of their books.

A good signature is one the famous writer apparently took time and care to write. It is distinctive. It has flair.

A bad signature is scribble scrap. It seems the famous writer spent just micro-seconds signing the book. I would give them a grade of F for effort.

This is the second consecutive holiday season Barnes & Noble has offered what it calls its Signed Editions program, and I am already looking forward to what the book-seller might have for Christmas 2016.

Today, I am starting a series judging the signatures I photographed this season. The series will run through the weekend.

The only hint I will give is the title of the book. The title is in the photo caption.

At the top of the post is the first one I saw. I am not a fan of that autograph.

Do you like it or dislike it?

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