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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Good Times in Author Land

So I'm slow as usual in posting about these author events.  However, I have been pretty lucky to meet several authors in the last few months.  I was able to see:

James Dashner (again) so that all my books are neatly signed.

I was pretty excited to hear about the prequel to The Maze Runner, The Kill Order, slated for this August (especially because that was in answer to my own question of what was next for him).

In all his signing glory.

Then we had a visit from the Great Christopher Paolini (it seems like we should call him that, since he brings his own bodyguard and the signing line was so mechanical that I was through before I could even think of something to say).  He was pretty funny to listen to and I really enjoyed the energy of the crowd (even if our view of him was less than stellar).  It was the first event my husband attended where he was exposed to the true geeky-ness that exists in fantasy fans.  I felt right at home, of course :)


I took a little video of him talking about how he figured out he should be a writer (pretty fun story of what kinds of things kids do in their spare time).

video

And last but not least, I went to the Dark Days tour at Changing Hands, which was lovely. I only had one book to get signed, since money is pretty tight, but I really enjoyed listening to the authors: Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi, and Ellen Schreiber. While I didn't really like Tahereh's book Shatter Me, I am a personal fan of hers. She has such enthusiasm for writing and YA lit and really understands fans (being one herself). I think she's one of the most interesting and personable authors I've met.

Don't mind my wretched phone pic skills.  I take terrible event photos and very few of them as well.

Who do you want to meet?

If you buy through my Amazon linkage, I will get a very small percentage 

14 comments :

  1. I'm glad to see you are getting to go see authors still. Since I didn't particularly care for Shatter Me either I'd be interested in meeting the author just to see if I agree with you.

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    1. I really liked her. She was fun to listen to - hopefully you'll get to hear her sometime.

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  2. She's more of a children's author, but I would love to meet Kate DiCamillo. She is my fave! I can't believe Paolini brings a bodyguard with him. Go figure.

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    1. Oh I'd love to meet DiCamillo too! I've loved everything of hers I've read, especially Despereaux.

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  3. That's so cool that you got to meet Tahereh Mafi! I haven't read Shatter Me yet, but she seems like a wonderful and unique person. That story Christopher Paolini told was hilarious! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Hope you like Shatter Me more than I do, but either way, it's hard not to like Tahereh Mafi.

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  4. I had no clue you lived in AZ! I wish we could have seen each other at some of the events that you went to.

    You will have to let me know when you go to another one!

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    1. I'm hearing of more and more AZ bloggers, but haven't yet met one. I'll keep my eyes peeled for future events!

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  5. Fun stuff! See, you aren't missing out on things. Have you started meeting other bloggers down there? I know there are some...

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    1. I know I'm not missing out, but I do miss Provo's many events (it was closer to me than Changing Hands is, so I miss quite a few events). And I haven't met any yet! I am back in the old shell :)

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  6. That's really cool! I would love to see James Dashner at an event, but somehow I keep missing him. And I love hearing authors speak, even when I don't necessarily love their books.

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    1. James is always fun to listen too. Hope you get to hear him soon!

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  7. Was Dashner here in AZ? I've heard him speak before and I'm always impressed with how down-to-Earth he is. I'm also excited to hear about a prequel, since the "before story" is the one I'm REALLY curious about.

    Looks like the Dark Days tour was fun. I wish I could have gone with you! Next time, for sure. And, hm, do you think we need to try an AZ book blogger get together??

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    1. Dashner came, but it was not to CH, but a B&N in N Phoenix. I love to hear him too!

      I was wondering if we should to an AZ book blogger thing too! It would be fun, but I'm not sure I even know how to go about getting started... Hope we can meet up soon!

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