BookCon 2018 – My first time!

Last month, I went to BookCon for the very first time! I absolutely loved it!

It was a little overwhelming at first, because there was so much to do! I went both days, so I was able to go to most of the things that I missed the second day. One thing that was helpful was the guide that was provided. On the second day, we were all given a little magazine that listed all of the highlights and giveaways for the day! It was a huge help and I was able to plan my day that way. I wish something like that had been provided on the first day as well, rather than just the program which listed the exhibits and authors.

I saw the lovely Sandhya Menon on the exhibit floor, so I stopped to speak to her. She’s amazing and I just love her books!

The only autographing session I was able to sign up for was Leigh Bardugo. I love her books so much! She’s an amazing writer. It was such a pleasure to meet her!

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This is one of the shirts I bought. I also purchased the BookCon 2018 shirt with my tickets, but I couldn’t resist this tank!

I didn’t take as many photos the second day, but here’s one of my favourites. My best friend, Marsilda, came with me on the second day (my mom went with me on the first), and we had to get a photo with Peppa Pig! It was a fun moment for us.

And finally, here’s my book haul. I got 22 books in total. My goal for this trip was to get as many free books as possible. I didn’t realize, at first, that I would have to get into long lines for the special ARCs, so I didn’t the highly anticipated books that I wanted. However, I did get a bunch signed by authors on the floor including two books from Quirk Books. I also got the coveted sample of King of Scars!

Overall, it was a great experience. I’m not sure if I’m going next year, but I’m glad I went.

Did you go to BookCon this year or in the past? What did you think of it?

Author Event: Victoria Aveyard

About a month ago I went to an Indigo event with Victoria Aveyard! We stood on the balcony of the Yorkdale Indigo store so we would have a better view of the interview, because it was packed downstairs. I loved hearing her speak about her writing process. She’s a very talented writer. And she’s so young too! She is a huge inspiration to me.

I didn’t meet her and get a book signed there, because I preordered a signed copy of the book from Indigo. This was my first Indigo Book Box, which was amazing! It had a signed copy of the book along with a note from Victoria and a little candle. I loved it! I hope they make more of these.

This was a great event, and I can’t wait to read the book!

Have you met any authors recently?

Montreal YA Festival

Last weekend I went to the best book festival! It was the first Montreal YA festival, and it was amazing!

First, there were three sessions of panels. The first one I went to was called “New On The Scene” and featured the authors Nic Stone, Gloria Chao, S.M. Beiko, and J.F. Dubeau. This was a great panel for aspiring authors, because they talked about their journey to being published.

The next panel I went to was called “Far Off Places, Daring Sword Fights, Magic Spells… A Prince in Disguise!” and featured the authors Danielle Paige, Sarah Mlynowski, S.M. Beiko, and Karl Kerschl. I went to this panel because I want to write a fantasy novel after I finish my current book. These authors gave great advice, and I’ve been working on my fantasy idea since then.

The last panel I went to was “Uncharted Territory” with the authors Sarah Mlynowski, Brendan Kiely, Adi Alsaid, and Chantel Guertin. This one was interesting, because most of the authors had been on the same road trips that their characters went on in their books.

Now came the best part: the book signing! Since it was such a small festival, I was able to have some chats with authors that I wouldn’t normally be able to speak with at a large event. I spoke with Gloria Chao, who wrote the amazing book American Panda. It was so great to meet her because we’ve chatted online. I also spoke to Brendan Kiely, who has written multiple books including Tradition, which I reviewed on a blog tour. Some other great authors I spoke to are Sarah Mlynowski, E.K. Johnston, Danielle Paige, and Nic Stone.

This was a great festival! I hope they do it again next year! I’ll definitely be there.

Also a special thank you to my dad, for going with me and taking most of the photos in this post! He used his amazing photography skills to get some great shots of the festival! You can check out his website, Pics by Rob.

Tomorrow I’m going to BookCon!! It’s my first time going, so I’m super excited!

Did you go to Montreal YA Fest? Are you going to BookCon? What is your favourite book festival?

Book Event: Joanna Goodman and Ellen Keith at the HarperCollins Canada office!

A couple of weeks ago, I found out about an event at HarperCollins Canada where Joanna Goodman and Ellen Keith were speaking, so I immediately signed up for it. It was so great! It was also my first time at the HarperCollins Canada offices in downtown Toronto, so that was super exciting too!

We all got copies of their books! I already had a copy of The Home for Unwanted Girls, which I bought at the book launch the previous week, but I was so glad to get a copy of The Dutch Wife!

I love hearing authors speak at these events! As a writer who hopes to one day sit in those chairs, I find them very inspiring. Ellen spoke about how she was thinking about giving up on writing when she got the call that she was going to be published! I can totally relate to that, and I hope to one day get my own work published!

Joanna and Ellen were so nice during the signing! There was a huge line and the rooms were so hot because of the glass walls, but they chatted with each person who was getting their book signed.

And finally, here are my signed copies:

I love going to author events! Who was your favourite author to meet?

Indigo Event: Becky Albertalli, Angie Thomas, and Julie Murphy

Monday night I went to an Indigo event at Yorkdale in Toronto featuring Becky Albertalli, Angie Thomas, and Julie Murphy. This is the first time I’ve gone to a signing with three authors. It was longer than most author events but it was so amazing!

The stories they told about their books were so fascinating. They described their characters and their inspiration. Some of Angie’s stories gave me goosebumps, they were so good!

This was a fabulous event! I’m so glad I went. I’ll be reading and reviewing these books in the coming weeks!