Last week, I had the opportunity to go to some really great book events, including an amazing launch party, the Brooklyn Book Festival, and a truly wonderful reading and panel.
|Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Suzanne LaFleur, and Coe Booth|
|Sarah Weeks, Jonathan Farmer, David Levithan|
|Bring on the Drama: moderator Karsten Knight and panelists Kate Brian, Rachel Hawkins, and Christopher Grant|
|Reimagining History: panelists Judy Blundell, Nick Bertozzi, T.R. Simon, and Victoria Bond|
|Another World: panelists Caragh M. O'Brien, Bill Willingham, and Jewell Parker Rhodes and moderator Susan Chang|
|Making Difficult Choices: moderator Caragh M. O'Brien and panelists Jacqueline Woodson, Gayle Forman, and Cory Doctorow|
Anyway, to get back to the action, yesterday, I went to Bluestockings Bookstore, a bookstore in the city that, believe it or not, I had never been to! This event was a combination reading and panel with five fantastic authors: Matt Blackstone, Christopher Grant, Sarah Darer Littman, Gae Polisner, and Arlaina Tibensky. Yes, it's true that I have seen each and every one of these authors for an event at least once before, if not more, but the event was still thoroughly entertaining. I got to hear segments of each of their latest books that I'd never heard before (or in the case of Christopher Grant, heard last Sunday at the Brooklyn Book Festival, but hey, it's not his fault I show up to basically every YA event!).
|The five amazing members of the Picking up the Pieces reading/panel|
This event felt even more special to me because each of the authors recognized and remembered me from seeing or meeting me previously. How awesome is that? I still can't get over the fact that I'm kind of really in the midst of things! During the panel, Chris apologized to me for the fact that his reading was the same as the one from his panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival, and Gae even started talking about me as if I was a fully fledged member of the publishing industry. Almost makes me forget that I'm still in school and interning! And it most definitely makes me feel like I'm getting places!