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