As a patron of bookstores I am surprised by the new trend of charging people to attend author book signing.  Book signing are usually attended by a small group of people regardless of who the author is;  there have been notable exceptions lately; Hillary Clinton, J.K. Rowling and Hulk Hogan.  If book stores want to continue to remain relevant please don’t discourage people from coming to an event by charging an admission fee.  Making a book purchase should be the only requirement for attending an author event.  Bookstore owners please continue to be user-friendly and avid readers, writers and authors will continue their support and give the best form of advertisement back to your store; positive word of mouth!  LA Carlson