"I was kind of anxious and nervous to meet important people," he recalled that night. "At first we just talked about books, mostly stuff that he had published in his division. He gave me a couple books that he had published." Alec paused after he said this for about 30 seconds to finish typing out a text message. "He also gave me this," he added, indicating a totebag, "which is really cool. I've never really had a totebag before."

As for the novel, part of which Mr. Callahan had read: "It follows three impressionable, sort of naive, romantic kids who go on this sort of introspective road trip...

"We didn't discuss it too much. He just told me he liked it but that I needed to tighten it up."

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