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Who wrote this? The answers (Part 4)

Harper Collins

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

I 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 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.

I wrote a series of posts starting last week judging the signatures I photographed. I ran a photo of a signature in each post and the only hint I gave was the title of the book the autograph contains.

I have waited until this week to begin showing the names of the authors.

The first three answers were actress Mary-Louise Parker, rock musician John Fogerty and actress and funny lady Whoopi Goldberg.

Today there are two answers: James Dean and Eric Litwin, the creators of illustrated children's books, including "Pete the Cat Saves Christmas."

I like their signatures in "Pete the Cat Saves Christmas" because both have flair and one has humor.

"Pete the Cat" is a series in which Dean is the illustrator and Litwin is the writer. I believe there are more than 24 "Pete the Cat" books.

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