Friday, September 28, 2012
I've certainly had the luck of the draw and got to attend not one, but TWO book events this past week. Everything fell into place for me to be able to attend the annual National Book Festival in Washington DC, and I made time to check out the Burn for Burn launch party held at one of my favorite NY bookstores, Books of Wonder.
The National Book Festival
Last Saturday, I was able to attend one of the most fun bookish events I've been to by far - The National Book Festival. It's an incredibly large affair that takes place outdoors, in between the Capitol Building and the obelisk (Washington Monument), where we have books of all sorts of genres being celebrated.
What I enjoyed most about going to this particular event was two things - meeting my friend Jamie (of The Broke & The Bookish, as well as The Perpetual Page-turner) and meeting John FREAKING Green.
I will tell you guys this now - I absolutely adore Jamie. We had a lot of fun talking about books and travel and life and weddings and adventures and blogging and other fun things. I was slightly nervous to meet her because in my brain she's a mini-celebrity in the blogging world, but all my fears were totally unfounded - she's the nicest, sweetest, most awesome person ever.
|He was looking over at us when I took this photo! Look at that crowd!!|
|LOOK AT MY FLAILING HANDS!|
Also, I totally gushed when meeting John Green. I was trying to tell him our Megabus story (if you're curious, it's coming up soon!), but I lost track of it somewhere in the middle because I was in awe that I was standing less than three feet away from him. I'm so happy he signed The Fault in Our Stars for me, since it's now my favorite book from him!
Obviously, that alone was enough reason for me to say that my trip down from NYC was completely justified... But I also got the privilege of hearing Maggie Stiefvater (one of my writing inspirations!), Melissa Marr, David Levithan and R.L. Stine speak about their books, their writing process and lots of other things. Plus, I got to meet Emily (the John Green fan we were sitting behind in line, and who was amazing enough to take pictures for us) and Nikki (of Foil the Plot)!
What was not-so-fun (at least while it was happening) is our soon-to-be infamous Megabus story.
So, on Saturday morning, Jamie and I were up at 4:30, extremely excited about hopping onto a bus and making it in time to see John Green. We were at the bus stop by 5:40, just in time for our 5:50 bus... or so we thought.
10 minutes passed, no bus. 30 minutes passed, no bus. 1 hour passed, STILL NO FREAKING BUS.
We were already worried about missing John Green, and could not decide what to do. Worse, there was basically NO INFORMATION being given to us except that the bus was "delayed". Thankfully, Will (a.k.a. Mr. Jamie) was able to get us more information - although it was the disheartening announcement that our bus was delayed by TWO HOURS.
He did, however, mention that there was an alternative - we could take the 7:10 Amtrak train to DC. A decision needed to be made - would we wait around for a bus that might NEVER come in time or would we spend another $70 bucks on an Amtrak ticket?
Since John Green is on Jamie's author bucket list, and he's someone that I really wanted to meet, we went with Amtrak. Of course, we decided this at 6:55 - which was 15 minutes before boarding. So if you were anywhere near Philadelphia's 30 St. station around that time on Saturday morning, we were those two girls running hard down the sidewalk towards the station and praying we'd catch the train.
Obviously, we caught the train, as you can tell from the beginning of this part of the post. And the rest, well, it's history! It might have been one of the best days EVER, no lie.
Burn for Burn Launch Party
|Siobhan & Jenny were so cool!|
On Tuesday night, I hopped on over to Books of Wonder to attend the fabulous book launch party for Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian to celebrate the launch of their book Burn for Burn. The atmosphere was really casual, plus there were drinks and ice cream to be had! Jenny and Siobhan talked a little bit about their own high school experiences, as well as sharing a little bit from Burn for Burn.
I was able to chat with Siobhan for a little bit, and I got so excited that she remembered my Twitter handle! I told her I was excited for the romance that she had mentioned in her tweet, and she said there was definitely something going on in book two. She and Jenny both signed my book and the amazing Burn for Burn poster they were giving away.
Also spotted: David Levithan and Elizabeth Eulberg, though I was too shy to approach them!
During the event and afterwards at Shake Shack, I was with my friend Rachel (of Hello, Chelly). We caught up a little on our lives and shared about the books we'd been reading recently. It's always fun to hang out with her, and I'm so glad that we're friends.
I'm still amazed that I was able to attend both these events and meet all these incredible authors and bloggers. It's certainly cool to be able to be around people who understand and encourage my passion for books, as well as people who inspire me to blog and write. I've got so much love for the book blog community right now! I wish I could give you all a GIANT hug.