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I live in a rural town in NJ where I sincerely doubt we will ever host an author, simply because we are too small and there’s not much interest (which is a sad commentary on our society, but moving on). However, I am lucky in that I live near enough to New York City that I can take a short(ish) train ride and visit various book stores that do host authors.
With this in mind, I’ve been able to visit NYC more often recently and met a whole host of amazing human beings that have crafted some of my favorite stories.
The event that kicked off my going into the city more often was Ransom Riggs’s release of Library of Souls. My husband is a big fan of the series, while I was reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and finishing it on the way into the city. It was a fun event, though it was that trip that forced me to learn how to use the Maps function on my smart phone.
This was also my first trip to Tribeca, as the event was being held at a Barnes & Noble there. What a surprise it was to find that his wife, Tahereh Mafi, was also in attendance, as was Jenny Han. All three of them were incredibly kind to me, considering how much pain I was at the time (a throwback to the learning to use Maps – a lot of wrong turns lead to my legs hurting like there was no tomorrow).
A pro tip: take a bottle of Tylenol with you and pop one before you start walking and one at some point during the journey. Your feet and legs will thank you.
I went to meet these ladies at an event at Books of Wonder celebrating the release of Vengeance Road, Passenger, and Truthwitch. Not only were the books awesome, but this was the first time that I went to Books of Wonder, a children’s bookstore in NYC that was celebrating its 35th anniversary that year. It has since become my favorite bookstore to go to for signings and I have even learned how to get there without maps, so score one for muscle memory!
This was by far my favorite meeting of authors. I’m always nervous when I go to a signing event and while I do usually calm down a bit, these two put me at east the quickest and actually had me laughing for most of their talk. It was so much fun meeting them for their Gemina release event and I hope they’ll come back to the States for the release of the third Illuminae book.
Elise was the first author I’d met whose street team I’d been a part of. The author of the Air Awakens and The Alchemists of Loom series, she was exceptionally kind to me. I was pretty nervous about meeting her and that night I’d had to bring my son with me, the first time he’d ever been in NYC, so my nerves were at an all time high. She was never anything but nice, though.
Evelyn Skye wrote one of my favorite books in recent memory, the one that inspired me to pick up more books with Russian inspired lore behind them such as The Bear and the Nightingale. Her book, The Crown’s Game, was an adventure that had magic, competition, and best of all, delicious sweets to imagine. If I were a better baker, I’d have made some for when I met her, but alas, I had to be content with well wishes and requests for more stories soon.