I’m so incredibly grateful that I have a book obsessed friend like Melissa to come with me to all these book signings. It’s always so much more fun when you get to share these events with friends 😀
Melissa (@mabrooks4) and I
We got there about 1pm and grabbed our seats. Luckily there wasn’t a lot of people. Barely 20 people sitting, so we grabbed two seats. I found all the amazing Canadian bloggers I regularly tweet with: Siobhan @ Conversations of a Reading Addict, Michele @ Just A Lil’ Lost, Christa @ Hooked on Books, Angel @ Mermaid Vision Books, Sara @ Geek Girl’s Book Blog, Ardo @ A. A. Omer: Wordsmith, and Wendy @ Cupcake and Latte. Yes, it was definitely a blogger reunion all over again!
Melissa and I went to Starbucks and grabbed our coffee and tea. Coffee for me, tea for her, and went back down to sit. An Indigo employee (whose name I forgot! Ahh :() came over and started writing our names on sticky notes so we can get our books personalized. She was so friendly, informative and helpful.
More waiting around and socializing with the book bloggers, and making sure the camera was ready to go.
A little after 2pm, Libba finally came out, and introduced herself. My first impression is this author is just as amazing as her books. And one thing you can say about her is that she is downright hilarious. Love her! She wanted to share her very first ad of her book in the magazibe YM (Remember that magazine?). Situated right next to a Midol ad, it was quite small and got everyone laughing.
She then proceeded to share her fifth grade story that she wrote. I recorded a bit of her reading below.
Then came the Q&A section. Michele asked, “How she came up with the plot for Beauty Queens.” And Libba said her editor, none other than David Levithin asked her, “Can you work with Beauty Queens on a deserted island?” This is the one book I read from her and loved it. Seriously so much fun!
Some others asked a lot of writing tips because of NaNoMo. <start rant>One teen who shall not be named proceeded to ask a very spoiler-y question which caused me to turn around and give her the evil eye. Who does that? Really now! I couldn’t believe she would ask such a thing. Not everyone has read the books! Grr! </end rant>
Lastly the signings started! Whoo! We basically waited around until it was our turn to get our books signed. There were two ladies beside Libba, grabbing all our books and setting them up so she could sign, and one of them just so happened to be my HBG Canada contact! Hi Kaitlin!! *waves* I gave her a hug and told her how wonderful it was to meet her in person 😀
Libba and I goofing off
Then it was time to meet Libba! I had a lot of books for her to sign. When you’re standing there, and you have no idea what to say, I get nervous and stayed quiet. Libba did tease me about not being able to have any button swag, when I asked her politely if I could have one lol. We took one goofy photo and one normal photo. She even told me to get a button for Jackie @ The Hardcover Obsession whose books I was getting signed.