Monday, May 16, 2011

Author Event: Gayle Forman

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If I Stay   Where She Went

Last Thursday I got a chance to attend a Gayle Forman author event and although I generally don’t read a ton of YA stuff I’m really glad I got a chance to check out this event.  Gayle was promoting her new release Where She Went.  She started off the night by reading a few snippets from the book.  Which, by the way, left me with goose bumps.

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She followed it up with a Q&A round.  I think the coolest part about the Q&A (aside from Gayle giving the long answer to everyone’s questions which was very cool on her part) was getting to hear one audience member thank Gayle for writing these books because they’d help her through an experience similar to the main character’s.  It was pretty profound.

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She ended the evening with a book signing and was gracious enough to take pictures with me and my zany crew.  As we waited in line she joined in on my group’s convo about some dystopian reads everyone had just finished.  She also chimed in about some of The Hunger Games casting choices.  Going in I didn’t know much about Gayle other than she wrote a well received book (If I Stay) that had been sitting on my wish list forever.  I ended up walking away from the event getting to see what a nice, funny and cool person she is.

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Speaking of my zany crew, here are the lovely ladies I met up with for this event (I dubbed them The Lace Brigade):

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From left to right:  Ash of Smash Attack Reads!, Me, Gayle Forman, Yami, Isa of Book Soulmates and Yani of The Secret Life of an Avid Reader.

And then…mayhem ensued.  We raided a Baja Fresh where we came up with an idea to open up a Smut Museum.  What?!  You know you’re intrigued by the idea.  We then hit up a Starbucks where for some reason the conversation (and our minds) nose dived into the gutter.  We then finished up the evening at a Barnes & Noble.  Book bloggers at a book store?  How typical.  LOL!  Which led to several of us ending up at the counter making purchases.  I know!  Another shocker!

I had an amazing evening and I can’t wait for the next one!


  1. What fun! Great pictures. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  2. The Smut Museum is such a great idea. We really need to get crackin on the plans!

    So much fun!!!!! *hugs*

  3. @Juju - Thanks for stopping by to read about it. =)

    @Smash - Hell yeah we do before someone else steals our idea. *hug*

  4. Looks like you had a blast. I would love to attend an event like that, I guess I got to move out of this small town :). Thanks for sharing!

  5. @Rain Maiden - Hi Jen. Thanks for checking out the post. We had a blast for sure. Ooor maybe you can make it a road trip with some friends?

  6. Wow, you guys took some great pictures. Seems you guys had a great time. I am so jealous of you guys, we get nothing here LOL! So awesome you guys met a nice author. I just added her to my TBR list. The series sounds great. Thanks for the great post hon :)

  7. Jen! I see you! It's you! You have such a wonderful smile!
    So glad to hear you guys had fun. I wish I lived closer to other bloggers... I guess I'm going to have to wait until AAD2012 NOLA to meet more bloggers. Yes, I am planning on going. You too?

  8. It looks like you all had a great time! I smut museum??!! I'm down with that, I'll help! :-P Hope you also had a lot of good purchases. I love your zany crew because it is funny that you were all wearing something lacey "The Lace Brigade" love it! :-D I've never heard of this author but I'm curious to see a review from you on one of her books to see if I'd like to check her out. :-D

  9. @Diana - Thanks for stopping by to check out the post. She really is and it was definitely a good time.

    @Julie - LMAO!! Is this really the first pic I post of myself!?! I will be seeing you at AAD 2012 and we shall be taking a shit load of pictures. =)

    @D - Oh yes. A smut museum. And of course you're welcome to join. ;) Hopefully I'll have some time this weekend to start on the first book.

  10. Oh sooooo fun!!! I just went to my first book signing and it was great!


    XOXO Angela's Anxious Life

  11. @Angela - Which author did you go check out?