Last Sunday, I weathered the frigid winds and freezing roads to arrive at the lovely and charming Children’s Book World in Haverford, Pennsylvania. All for the love of books, my friends. I was truly beyond thrilled to attend this incredible author event: David Levithan, Lucy Christopher, and Rainbow Rowell all in one room, reading to us from their works.
This is the very first author event I have ever attended (yes, in my life! what??) and it could not have been more fun! It was an absolutely packed house. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and I soon understand why. All three authors were absolute delights. David Levithan was hilarious and had us laughing all night (seriously!). Lucy Christopher was endearingly gracious and lovely. And Rainbow Rowell was so fun, and down to earth, and just plain cool.
We began with David Levithan talking about and reading from Two Boys Kissing.
He explained to us the meaning and significance for him of being a gay man between generations: after the beginning of the AIDS epidemic but before today’s internet empowered youth. His reading was emotive, emotional, and left me incredibly moved.
Next up was Lucy Christopher reading from her new book The Killing Woods. She spoke about how the treatment, or lack thereof, for veterans suffering from PTSD, and the stigma they suffer because of this, inspired her to write this story. This is actually a cause I care about deeply so I was pleasantly surprised to hear about this being addressed in YA fiction. Her selected passage was atmospheric and creepy, two things I love in my reading experience.
She read a really moving scene from early on in the novel: the main character is reflecting on her floundering marriage and the strong emotions she still feels for her husband. By the end of the passage, Rainbow was even teary. I find it so touching when you see how much authors care about their characters.
It was then time to line up for book signings. The store was so packed that we were lined up outside and around the store! Here I am waiting with some new friends in below freezing temps. We maintained good cheer, though, as you can see.
Finally, it was my turn in line. I was nervous but Rainbow is so sweet. Right away she commented on how much she liked my coat and I was instantly at ease. I then just had to tell her how much I loved her nail art. She had a matching Landline manicure! Eeee! So cute.
The very first photo is of Rainbow and me together, of course. The very next morning Eleanor & Park was awarded a Printz Honor! I am so very happy for her!
This event was such a joy to attend. I just cannot wait for the next one!
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