Category: Bookish Events

Romantic Times (RT) Convention Teen Day + Interview with Erica Cameron

» 10 April, 2016 » Bookish Events, Interviews » 0 comments

Each year, Romantic Times holds a Booklovers convention. This year it’ll be in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Rio Hotel & Casino (only minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip!). One of the highlights of the convention is the annual Book Fair where attendees can meet their favorite authors and get their books signed. I’m so glad RT doesn’t exclude teen readers! On Saturday, April 16th, there will be a Teen Day and teens can participate in workshops and meet their favorite authors. There’s even a Teen Party! If you register early enough, you can get a pretty cool tote filled with some great swag and books (I’m so jealous of those who get a tote!). If you find yourself in the Las Vegas area with some free […]

Meeting Neil Patrick Harris

» 16 December, 2014 » Bookish Events » 3 comments

Meeting Neil Patrick Harris

I’d like to say I was suave and didn’t forget my little speech I had planned to say at the moment I met actor Neil Patrick Harris. The reality is…I spaced! On Monday, October 20th, I attended the book signing at Barnes & Noble for Harris’ autobiography: Chose Your Own Autobiography. I didn’t know Harris was coming until I read an article on the Friday before the 20th and I hated calling the bookstore to see if there were any wristbands left for the signing. When I was given the yes there were still some left, I had to ask the all important question most bloggers have: could I get a second copy signed? Here is where I ran into a problem, no one I knew was available […]

World Book Night 2014 Wrap Up

» 27 April, 2014 » Bookish Events » 2 comments

World Book Night 2014 Wrap Up

This past Wednesday, the 23rd was World Book Night. For not those familiar with the event, each year a panel of librarians and booksellers pick 30-35 books and then members of the public are allowed to apply to be a book giver. These givers pick one to three titles and in the end are given one book to give (20 copies of it). Now if you’re wondering about who pays for the production of the books, etc. you might be surprised to learn that authors wave their royalties and the publisher pays to produce the special edition. The ultimate goal of World Book Night is to get books into the hands of people who normally don’t read or have access to books (due to financial problems or perhaps […]

A. G. Howard Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

» 19 February, 2014 » Bookish Events, giveaways » 11 comments

A. G. Howard Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

On Friday, February 7th, A. G. Howard was in town and there was a book signing. I wasn’t aware that the bookstore had a separate building for bookish events and was surprised at how dead it was. I browsed a bit and then Howard herself walked into the store and was told she was in the wrong location. So there she goes and I’m following her! Good thing it was in the same vicinity! On arrival I bought 4 copies: 2 of Splintered & 2 of Unhinged. The cashier mentioned she was a book blogger too, but I didn’t get a chance to get her blog name and exchange info. The highlight of the evening wasn’t only Howard, but meeting Danielle from Consuming Worlds! We’ve talked before and […]

Deanna Raybourn Book Signing Wrap Up

» 31 December, 2013 » Bookish Events » 2 comments

Deanna Raybourn Book Signing Wrap Up

I’ve made no secret about loving Deanna Raybourn’s books and when I heard she was coming to Albuquerque to give a workshop for the LERA members in early November, I admit I was disappointed because I couldn’t afford the fee to attend the workshop. Then I noticed a local bookstore had her lined up for a book signing and score! I had reservations about taking all seven of her books to get signed, but another author said it would be okay. When I walked into Page 1, I was hauling all seven books in my Penguin tote (yup, the one I was given when the truck stopped) and one employee eyed me suspiciously. I bet they thought I was going to sell some books, but when I mentioned […]

David Morrell Southwest Book Fiesta Wrap up

» 29 December, 2013 » Bookish Events » 0 comments

David Morrell Southwest Book Fiesta Wrap up

I was clearing out files the other day and noticed I still hadn’t posted two book signing wrap ups and decided to get those posted during the last few days of December. The first one is David Morrell’s wrap up from his talk at the Southwest Book Fiesta (recap here). I grew up watching the Rambo films with my father since he really enjoyed them. I was aware of Morrell’s books, but never picked one up then I read a review for Murder as a Fire Art in an issue of Entertainment Weekly and was intrigued. I came across Thomas De Quincey before in class when I was in Glasgow and found him very interesting so when I read Morrell based his book on him, I knew I […]

Penguin Book Truck Stop

» 11 October, 2013 » Bookish Events » 4 comments

Penguin Book Truck Stop

The Penguin Book Truck stopped in Albuquerque on Wednesday. It was passing through as part of the celebration of the 75 anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath. They were traveling with the The National Steinbeck Center and are recreating “the journey that The Grapes of Wrath‘s Joad family took along America’s Route 66 through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona at the height of the Dust Bowl—toward California and their hopes of a better life.” I waited around on Wednesday to see what time they’d arrive at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and decided to run some errands before stopping for a visit. I got there around 1:30 pm and I tried to contain my excitement! There were a lot of people to see the […]

Darynda Jones Southwest Book Fiesta & Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

» 13 July, 2013 » Bookish Events, giveaways » 17 comments

Darynda Jones Southwest Book Fiesta & Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

I meant to post this wrap up of meeting Darynda Jones this past May in June but things were a bit hectic. I then decided since I was attending her reading of Fifth Grave Past the Light, I would wait to post the wrap up. I’m going to combine both events into one post. There’s a signed copy of Fifth Grave with swag up for grabs (sorry guys US / Canada only because of shipping). Southwest Book Fiesta wrap up can be found here. • Picked Albuquerque for the setting of her Charley Davidson because it’s an urban setting and she lived in the city for 7 years.  Plus it’s part of the whole write what you know advice. • Her Darklight trilogy ends in October when the […]

Southwest Book Fiesta Recap

» 4 June, 2013 » Bookish Events » 0 comments

Southwest Book Fiesta Recap

(LERA panel) On Saturday, May 11th I made my way down to the Convention Center for the first ever book festival in Albuquerque. I planned on attending Friday morning to see Robin Pernini’s panel, but unfortunately, I forgot I had a meeting I couldn’t reschedule. Saturday was a busy day with lots of author panels. The first was a discussion with Darynda Jones and I didn’t know what to expect. I know Traci from Mad Hatter Reads mentioned that Darynda was very nice. Before her panel, I had some time to kill and browsed one section where one author kept trying to sell me his books by asking me questions. So he’d say, “Do you know why we get the rule of thumb? No? It’s in the book.” […]

Gillian Flynn Chicago Discussion of Gone Girl

» 5 March, 2013 » Bookish Events » 2 comments

Gillian Flynn Chicago Discussion of Gone Girl

I’m excited to welcome the lovely Rachelle B as today’s guest blogger! She was kind enough to attend Gillian Flynn’s discussion and book signing in Chicago. If you’re wondering, I’m the friend who sent the book. On 2/13/13 I had the opportunity to hear Gillian Flynn speak at the Harold Washington Library. I had never read anything by this author, but a friend of mine in New Mexico is a huge fan, so I figured I’d check her out. My friend ended up sending me a copy of Flynn’s newest book, Gone Girl, so I definitely had to go now. I’m so glad I did. Flynn is an entertaining and inspirational person. When asked when her interest in writing ‘darker’ books began, she told us that her very […]

Deborah Harkness Q&A

» 15 August, 2012 » Bookish Events » 0 comments

Deborah Harkness Q&A

On August 1, 2012, I had the honor of attending a reading & signing by author Deborah Harkness. I walked on clouds for weeks afterward. She read two sections from Shadow of Night & answered some questions regarding the series. She was very kind and I wish I had more time to talk to her, but there was a line behind me. Located below are the questions asked by those in attendance. Permission was granted by Harkness to post the q&a (thank you!). Some of the questions are phrased in a way that is meant for her to answer, but instead of “I” you’ll see them answered in third person. The reason for this is partly because of the way my notes were written. I was scribbling like […]