Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Boston Teen Author Festival

So Right after Mackenzi Lee's Launch party, the Cambridge Public Library had their full Boston Teen Author Festival!

It was a huge event, and I wasn't surprised with the line up of amazing Authors including: Becky Albertalli, David Arnold, Jen Brooks, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, Lori Goldstein, Trisha Leaver, Adam Silvera, Renee Ahdieh, Zoraida Cordova, Kody Keplinger, Mackenzi Lee, Kekla Magoon, Diana Renn, Cindy L. Rodriguez, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Leigh Bardugo, A.C. Gaughen, Melissa Grey, Kendall Kulper, Kim Liggett, Sara Raasch, Anna Banks, Jessica Brody, Emily Franklin, Stasia Kehoe, Jonathan David Kranz, Lance Rubin.

Isn't that a crazy awesome list?! I was especially excited about Renne Ahdieh, and Sara Raasch since they don't come by this way much. 

The doors opened at 10:00 and I was running a bit late, but still got there with Lauren B in time for the Meet the authors Panel. 
The authors were so funny, introducing themselves and giving an odd fact about themselves. Anna Banks had me cracking up, when she said her odd fact was that her leg hair grows so fast, she'd probably have a five'o'clock shadow soon. I've seen Anna Banks on tour before, and she is always so funny and witty. Especially when Paired up with Leigh Bardugo. 
We met up with Molly and Melissa in between the panels and they said the "Inspired by" panel was getting really full, so we headed there. It turns out that the Panel B room is incredibly small, and when we got in there, there was nothing but standing room. 
So lauren and I decided to split up. I stayed in the "Inspired By..." Panel, and she went to the "Author friendships and crit groups." 

You can see that there are people sitting on the floor in the middle too.
After a few minutes, my legs got tired and I decided to jump to Panel A for the "Author Friendships and crit groups." But before that, I bought a few books, including ICE LIKE FIRE! Porter Square books had it out early! It was so great. They also had a Six of Crows Preorder deal going on too.

The Author friendships and Crit group panel was so much fun (And roomier with seats!)
Adam was killing the questions people had, and was rocking some sweet rainbow socks. 

After the Panel, I met up with Molly, Melissa, Melissa G, Melody, and Adrienne for lunch, As we were leaving, we saw a group of Authors come in, and I almost felt star struck lol

But then when we got back and found a nice grassy tuft to eat on. And a while later, those same authors sat right across the way from us. We played it cool though.
Then it was back to the panels! 
The next panel we went to was "The craft". The authors were so funny, playing off each other and making jokes about like their Magic Soft or Hard hahaha  How they write their magic systems and where they get the inspiration for it as well. They also covered the hardest part of coming up wither thier magical rules, especially when writing a second book in the same world. 
After the panel, the signing lines began. Dun dun duuun. And Leigh Bardugo's line was seriously no joke though. I was lucky that I already had her books signed except Ruin and Rising. So I went over to get Ice like Fire and Drift and Dagger signed, then went outside into the hall to get The Wrath and the Dawn Signed. It was crazy crowded and busy, and I had a birthday thing o go to right after, so I made my way out to wait for my ride with Lauren. But since my ride was running late, we got some starbucks and waited in front of the library,where we met up with Melody again. We had split up during the crazy signings. 
Then to our surprise, Leigh Bardugo came out! I called out to her like I wasn't fan-girling inside, and she actually came over and chatted. Turns out she'd been left behind and she was waiting for an uber to bring her to the bookstore. We chatted about Disney world for a bit, until my ride showed up and I had to say good by. I found out later that Molly, Melissa and Melissa G had come by and given her a ride!  Small world :P

It was such a fun time. I loved meeting the authors and other writers/ bloggers, and people I've met on twitter. I hope Boston has more tours and events :) I wish I took more pictures, but it was such a whirlwind, I didn't even think of it!
(Me and my book haul.)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Mackenzi Lee's Launch Party!

So This is a week late, but Last Friday, September 25th, I went to local author, Mackenzi Lee's Book launch party of THIS MONSTROUS THING!


It was held at Porter Square Books, in Cambridge, and it was so much fun! She packed the place with readers and friends.

Mackenzi was a really great speaker. She told us all about her obsession with Mary Shelly and how THIS MONSTROUS THING had come to be.

She also had a super cute set up for delicious cookies and even hot punsch gluhwein!

After she read from her book, and chatted more about history and Mary Shelley, the signing line began. There was a picture booth corner, and coloring for people to have fun at while they waited--the line was LONG! 
 I was lucky enough to get in at the front and get my book signed right in the beginning. This gave me time play in the photo booth with Lauren B!

I also got to see some cool peeps like Molly, Nicole, Melissa, and Akshaya!