I go to a fair number of book events - lucky for me, the Seattle area has lots of them (take the Northwest Bookfest, for instance - LOOK AT THE GREATNESS IN THAT LINE UP. I mean, really). I don't blog often about them though, and when I do, it's wordy and bland and gushy. I think it's that thing that happens sometimes - where you have such a great experience, but you know that your recap is never going to do it justice, and it feels like betraying the experience and it's greatness to even try. You know? This is why therapy is not for me and why I've never been successful at keeping a diary. Regurgitation is irritating. I much prefer to relay these experiences through fiction - where I can change everything but the big picture and the feelings, so the story and it's point somehow feels fresh again.
But now, I look back and realize there are a lot of great book events I've been to and haven't shared. And now I wish I had. Because probably one of the most exciting nights of my life was when Bret Easton Ellis was in Seattle promoting Imperial Bedrooms and I got to hear him talk about his writing and his bitterness and what he thought about Seattle and Twilight and American Psycho the movie and ambiguity in fiction and unreliable narrators, and how he didn't worry about whether or not the things he wrote would offend his mother - and then he signed my books and I got to meet him and we laughed and I pretended not to be embarrassed about saying Scottsdale was a "baby L.A." (*face palm*) The very first signing I ever attended featured Gayle Forman for If I Stay; I knew nothing about her or the book, just that it *seemed* good. I didn't know it at the time, but she's unique in that she reads from her book for most of the event. For this event she played music to go with each scene and I wished she would've just read us the entire book that way. And at the signing with Kimberly Derting and Phoebe Kitanidis, they talked about their writing processes and their roads to publication, and it was the best writing dialogue I'd heard, ever. Or the Michael Ian Black and Megan McCain book signing that had me laughing so hard I was crying. Politics can be fun - who knew! I heard Alain de Botton speak about religion and philosophy at the beginning of the year, and decided that agree or disagree too much philosophy is never a bad thing.
That was my last ditch effort to make up for not blogging about those events because maybe people need to know that though these events can sometimes feel awkward or out of the way, you should still absolutely go. (I say 'awkward' for the simple reason that it's sometimes awkward to be a fan, especially when you're not surrounded by ten thousand other fans all dressed in the same color and with painted faces).
Megan Bostic, Never Eighteen -
Marissa Meyer, Cinder -
CJ Redwine, Defiance -
J. Anderson Coats, The Wicked and the Just
Jennifer Shaw Wolf, Breaking Beautiful
Daniel Marks, Velveteen -