I met Christopher Rice in Provincetown on August 20, 2010. It helps to save the receipt inside the books, it lets you know when you bought it.
I was there on vacation and I knew Rice was signing his new hardcover book. I had read his first book, A Density of Souls, and didn't care for it, so I wasn't really lining up to pay $30 for the new book.
I got to the book shop about 30 or 40 minutes after the event started and the store was sold out of the new hardcover and had only about 3 or 4 paperback books left, all of which were soon snapped up. I managed to get The Snow Garden, which sounded like it had an interesting plot, but I still haven't been interested enough to actually pick it up after the disappointment with Density.