Here is a little recap of the YA author event last week. I didn't want to be all Ms. Photog and in people's faces, so my picture taking was more discreet. Here is the best shot of the full cast:
From left to right:
Christine Johnson - book: Claire De Lune
Julia Karr: XVI
Sarah Rees Brennan (face partially hidden): The Demon's Covenant
Saundra Mitchell: The Vespertine
Lisa & Laura Rocker: The Liar Society
Leah Clifford: A Touch Mortal
Courtney Allison Moulton: Angelfire
Sara Bennett Wealer: Rival
Each author gave a short synopsis of her book. It was fun to see each writer's personality come through as they described characters and storylines. Sarah Rees Brennan is originally from Ireland, although her accent is a sly one. Her wry and witty descriptions made me want to read her book, regardless of what the story was about! That's why I love events like these. I hadn't heard of her book and possibly would have passed by it if not for seeing her.
Leah Clifford struck me as a the type of person I am typically friends with. I was touched to hear her explain the call that her book sold to a publisher (she immediately called her mom and they freaked out together). Courtney Moulton was given a My Little Pony by a fan, tricked out to match the colors and theme of her book (it sounds impossible but she showed us the pony!)
I had my copy of "The Vespertine" and "XVI" signed, and of course ended up with a book or two more on the way out. I don't usually care that much about having a signed book, but I enjoy meeting the authors, and that's the way to do it. There were some devoted fans in attendance, one girl had won a prom dress from a promotional contest on Saundra Mitchell's blog. How sweet! If only the YA market thrived when I was in high school...
It's always fun to see devoted fans of books, and encouraging to see a turnout at a book event when so many bookstores are closing.