Neal Giaman is on a book tour, and he was going to be appearing in my area at some point.

When I looked at the event details, there was a $35 entrance fee (for a seat and a copy of the book).

I've never been to a book tour event, but I was always under the assumption they were free and were intended to promote the book. I had a mild interest in attending since I've enjoyed some of his past works, but there's no way I'm putting down cash for this.

Has anyone ever heard of an admission/ticket fee for a book tour appearance? It seems really odd to charge for something like this.