Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Martha Stewart to serve autographs to local fans 

Celebrity Autographs And Celebrity Addresses

If you're a Martha Stewart fan, you'll fit in just fine Saturday at the Barnes & Noble in downtown Minneapolis: She'll be there from noon to 2 p.m., signing copies of her new baking handbook. Come early — as early as 7 a.m. — to try to get a wristband for the long line that's sure to form.

"She mentioned on her talk show that she'd be in downtown Minneapolis, so we've been getting calls from all over the country from people seeking signed books," says store spokeswoman Kathy Kaysen.

Martha, says Kaysen, signs very quickly, so she should plow through a lot of copies of "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook" (Clarkson Potter, $40). She also will not pose for photos with fans, so that should further speed the line. The store is at 801 Nicollet Mall.

After she's done talking about Tarte Tatin and Torta della Nonna, Martha will move on to Edina in the evening, where she'll appear at an invitation-only event at the Marshall Field's Southdale Home store. There, she'll talk about the Opal Point Collection, the latest offering in her furniture line with Bernhardt Furniture Co.

Make sure to read the Sunday edition of the Pioneer Press for a story about Martha's visit, as well as an interview with her. In the meantime, the domestic diva recently dished with the Pioneer Press via e-mail, talking about fern fronds and steel blue hues.

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