Lately, I’ve been thinking about how there are so many things happening in the Tampa Bay area that I don’t have the opportunity to experience. The reasons vary, but I decided that I am going to try to experience more things. With that said, I LIKED a page on Facebook that is dedicated to informing people of different events occurring in the Tampa Bay area. This is where I found out about the Wyclef book signing. Inkwood Books, Tampa’s only full service independent book store, linked up with the publisher of Wyclef’s memoir and put Tampa on the list of promotional stops.
I am a fan of Wyclef’s music, and thought this would be an awesome experience. I hadn’t heard much about his memoir, so I was also going out of curiosity. I am so thankful that I did.
The book signing took place at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church. This church is big, and I had never been there before. Needless to say, I didn’t know where I was going. In the process of finding where I needed to be, I ran into Wyclef, who was chopping it up with someone. I didn’t know what to do, so I said, “Hi.” LOL. He stuck out his hand, I shook it and introduced myself. He then proceeded to say “Wyclef.” It was pretty insane! Well, after that awesome encounter, I went inside the church where I purchased his book. I was also able to get a picture with him, but it was not a good one.
When I got there, I was under the assumption that I would just buy a book, get it signed and leave. However, I was mistaken. I learned that Wyclef would be speaking about his memoir and would also perform. I was thrilled! The program started with a church member introducing Wyclef and speaking on the church’s mission work in Haiti. Then Wyclef was interviewed by a Tampa Bay Times music critic, whom of which I don’t remember his name. I personally did not like his line of questioning. I thought too much of the interview was focused on the negative. I didn’t think there was a balance between the negative and positive aspects of the memoir. At the completion of the interview, Wyclef took questions from the crowd. None of the questions were well thought out, or interesting. So, that portion of the program kind of lacked. Wyclef then went to perform for the crowd. He performed Gone to November, a freestyle, and a track from the CD, Carnival. It was amazing! At the end he signed books, and posed for photo ops. Thankfully, I was able to get a better picture.
My overall experience was moving. I learned things about Wyclef that I did not know, and found that he seems to be very humble and personable. I look forward to reading his memoir, and finding out more about him, his struggles and highlights. Based on the things I heard from Wyclef during the interview, his memoir should definitely be a good read. I strongly believe that we can learn a lot about ourselves when we take the time to find out about the lives of others. So, be sure to look out for my review!