This seems like the kind of thing Michael Moore would pompously trumpet--look, someone went into labor at one of my speeches! Isn't that wonderful!--but I do love the story, so I'll reprint it here.
A reader writes:
"I finished Alternadad a couple of weeks ago. I saw the excerpt in Salon when my wife and I were trying to decide circumcision versus not. We both really enjoyed the chapter. I got the book the next time I was in BookPeople and kept waking her up to read sections that I enjoyed.
I didn't think that I'd be able to catch your reading in Austin, as we were due the day before your reading. As it turned out, our kid has the ambition of his father and was more than happy to just hang out for a few days. Days of walking and yoga could not entice him. However, it turns out, your voice could.
My wife was the very pregnant woman in the back on your left side of the audience. Her contractions started during the reading. Being the trooper that she is, she made it through the reading and we were at the hospital within an hour and a half after it ended. (Probably about the time you were getting high with the BookPeople staff or checking out music downtown.) Anyway, our son was born the next morning, penis fully intact."
One correction: I did not get high with BookPeople staff. I got high with friends. Anyway, congratulations!