I went to the Kilkenny Art Festival in August last year to attend a chat with David Vann + Tobias Wolff presented by Colm Toibin. This is what David Vann wrote on my copy of the book:
For Denise and Paolo,
Lovely to meet you both,
and may everything always be smoother for you then for
Irene + Gary!
All the best David Vann 11/8/11