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Recap: Signing at Indigo with Pierce Brown

Originally, I planned on attending Bakka Phonenix’s signing since I knew there was going to be less people, but I change my mind last minute and went to the Indigo signing instead. Big mistake. The Bakka signing had only nine people and it was more a meet and greet and way more intimate.

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Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House Canada @PenguinaCanada

As soon as I arrived at Indigo Bay and Bloor, I went downstairs when I saw the chairs being set up. I kind of loitered around the area having no idea there was a line until some Indigo employee mentioned it. There were already three aisles full of people and I was in the last one. I was running a bit late because I didn’t switch over to the other train (LOL). Got there around 5:30pm since the signing was at 7pm.

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Photo courtesy of IndigoEvents @indigogreenroom

My friend Melissa was already in line and she went over to me because clearly I can’t butt in. We chatted for about an hour until around 6:30pm they started to bring people over to the stage where the chairs were. There were a lot of people..I’m guessing around 200 people came!

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Photo courtesy of IndigoEvents @indigogreenroom

I was so glad I managed to get a chair since I was in group three and by the end of the night I believe there were eight groups! When Indigo hosts events like these, they check your receipts, give you post-its with your name and then will give you a number so when they call that group up, it’s their turn to get their books signed. Then Indigo started giving away $5 gift cards for answering trivia. Funnily I guessed one in my head and then got it right hah

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My view from the audience

Pierce and Sam Maggs finally came out around 7:10pm and the audience cheered. He was all smiles as he took his spot. It was all sorts of awesome finally getting to see him when just three years ago, we were chatting on Twitter and got invited to his webcam chat (he had around 500 followers and now he has 12.8k followers!). Sam Maggs asked him a couple of questions and he answered promptly and in detail. Then the audience asked some questions for the next half hour. All in all, he was truly inspiring throwing in writing advice such as doing one thing at a time so it won’t seem as daunting, outlining a character’s entire story arc on one post-it note, and even praised his love of J.K. Rowling’s genius patterns for plot points. He was charming and witty and his eyes really are piercing blue.. (See what I did there? womp womp womp LOL)

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Photo courtesy of  Melissa @mel_a_brooks4

Then it was time to get books signed! Honestly, I never know what to say when I meet authors, I get all tongue tied and nervous, but I managed to say something at least. Pierce said I looked familiar and I told him I was a blogger..He recognized my Twitter name and probably from the excessive tweets I mentioned him when Red Rising was about to come out. He gave me a firm handshake and I asked him how he liked Canada. Pierce seemed rather quiet and shy when I was talking to him awww.. He said everyone is really polite and always holding out doors for him. Then he quickly signed my books, we took a quick photo together, and then said, “Bye Book Nerd Canada!” with a wave *waves*

After I got off the step-up platform, I was stopped my Maria @bigcitybookworm from Twitter. We started talking quickly and she also introduced me to @LeandraRant! We chatted a bit about Morning Star saying how crazy it was and how our hearts were broken.

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Photo courtesy of Patty @ Bookish Wander Love

I was also talked and mingled with Patty @ Bookish Wander Love, Shelly @ Read.Sleep.Repeat, Joey @ Another After Thought, Jesse @ Books at Dawn, Amanda @ Brains, Books, and Brawn and her boyfriend. This is why I immediately jump at the chance to go to author signings because every time you go to one, bloggers are there and it’s this huge reunion party 😀

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What a wonderful event, and congrats gain to Pierce for making it #1 on the New York Times Best-selling list! Seeing him grow in popularity has been super fun to watch 😀

Thank you to Penguin RandomHouse Canada and Indigo for the event!

13 Comments

  1. giselle

    February 21, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    Haha that’s awesome! I was aiming to get there at 5, but I was a little late oh well! Wow two hour drive, that’s dedication. I’m so glad you went and you took pics with your camera. Aww that is very brave of you! He’s an awesome speaker and very engaging!

  2. Jesse Nicholas

    February 21, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Can’t wait to see you at the next signing! It was great meeting you Giselle after all these years following your blog 😛

    • giselle

      February 21, 2016 at 6:28 PM

      Yes for sure! I’m always going to signings when I can that is. Thank you Jesse! That means a lot <3 xoxo

  3. Natalie

    February 21, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    We were waiting in line in the aisles right beside each other! I can’t believe I didn’t see you until we were lining up for autographs! It was crazy busy, but I’m really happy I went! He was a fantastic speaker! I would definitely go to another one of his signings if he came back just to hear what he has to say!

    • giselle

      February 21, 2016 at 11:22 PM

      Haha I saw you around but you looked busy and otherwise engaged with your brother 🙂 I think that was one of the most fun signings I’ve been to! Me too! This time it’ll be with his new books!! YESSSA

  4. Carina Olsen

    February 20, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    Awesome post Giselle 😀 Thank you for sharing about this amazing event sweet girl. <3 But ahhhhhh. SO MANY PEOPLE o.O So sorry for you that you didn't go to that other place, hih, with less people 🙂 But this sounds fun too. <3 And yay for getting books signed 🙂 Glad you had a good time.
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    • giselle

      February 20, 2016 at 4:04 PM

      You’re so welcome Carina! I’m glad you liked it

  5. Cindy Taylor

    February 20, 2016 at 7:29 AM

    I was there too!! Wasn’t it absolutely wonderful? I found him so charismatic and fascinating to listen too. I knew I would have a 2 hour drive home, so my friend and I got there and lined up at 4:30 pm, and as a result we were in Group 1. I was freaking out though because I had car trouble on the way down and almost thought I wasn’t going to make it. I had my good camera with me, and I got some really great shots! When I went up for the book signing I got brave and told him that not only was he a brilliant writer, but he’s also even hotter in person LOL! What a great night!

    • giselle

      February 21, 2016 at 11:23 PM

      Haha that’s awesome! I was aiming to get there at 5, but I was a little late oh well! Wow two hour drive, that’s dedication. I’m so glad you went and you took pics with your camera. Aww that is very brave of you! He’s an awesome speaker and very engaging!

  6. Bobby Karmakar

    February 19, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    I wish I knew about the Bakka Phoenix Meet and Greet…and then also somehow maintain my spot at the Indigo signing, lol. I also see the back of my head from your view of the audience, haha. Such a great time! Pierce has to come back for Iron Gold and onwards. I mean, didn’t he say it was the biggest or best (or both?!) turnout yet?!! Can’t contain the level of high of how excited I am to see more of his writing.

    • giselle

      February 19, 2016 at 11:06 PM

      Haha YEAHH! If you went to the Bakka one, you could have hung around the sides. Haha that’s awesome, back of your head! Heck yeah it was one of the biggest turnout for him so far. He needs to come back for the rest of his books. He did mention it will be 6 book series!

  7. Sophia Rose

    February 19, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    That is a huge crowd, but still very cool that you got to meet him.
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    • giselle

      February 20, 2016 at 12:07 AM

      Oh yeah, there were a lot of people!

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