by Ashley Paskill
On the evening of March 30, 2017, people of all ages waited in long lines at Rittenhouse Square’s Barnes & Noble to meet John Oates. Yes, that John Oates, of the rock duo Hall and Oates. Oates, who grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of North Wales and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism, stopped in Philadelphia as part of his book tour to promote his new memoir, Change of Seasons, co-written with journalist and author Chris Epting. Change of Seasons documents Oates’ life from birth to the 90’s. The 377-page book is broken up into sections by decade, and there are individual chapters about topics that occurred within each decade. The book also includes old photos and journal entries that document a time of the past. Added bonus, a CD featuring Oates singing solo, comes in the back of each book.
Instead of a typical signing where authors talk and read from their work, Oates just got down to the business of signing books. He was generous with his time though, and interacted with each fan he met. Meanwhile, to keep people happy, B&N employees served cookies and drink samples from the café. In a brilliant display of cross promotion, folks also received a bookmark promoting HoagieNation, an upcoming music festival hosted by Hall and Oates to celebrate all things Philadelphia.