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NYC Teen Author Festival

12 May

Last month, one of my favorite NYC bookish events returned for it’s annual appearance! The NYC Teen Author Festival.

It was a busy work week for me, with back to back photo shoots mixed in with author panels. But I managed to catch a group of authors at a NYPL panel, and the “finale” Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder!

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Elizabeth Eulberg, Tara Altebrando, Jenny Han, and Stephanie Perkins at the NYPL.

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Stephanie Perkins.

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Sarah Mlynowski.

At Sunday’s mega-signing, there were almost too many authors to count! I hauled a giant grocery tote full of books half-way across NYC to have signed by those appearing.

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The always amazing Gayle Forman.

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Jocelyn Davies and Anna Carey.

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Kim Harrington.

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Stephanie Perkins! Who I took a million photos of, because 1. She is adorable and SO BRIGHT. And 2. She’s awesome.

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LOLA

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“Fixing” a book for a fan who purchased a book from Barnes and Noble, already signed to some random dude!

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Another great redhead: Andrea Cremer!

The funky lighting in Books of Wonder made a few of the authors rather “glowy”.

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Barry Lyga.

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David Levithan.

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Jenny Han.

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Corey Whaley and Jennifer E. Smith, with Mitali in the middle!

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Jon Skovron with his awesome book, Misfit! (One of my 2011 faves.)

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Jeri Smith-Ready

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Melissa de la Cruz, who signed every.single. Blue Bloods book for me! –Ok, except the 2 I’d already had signed. 😉

We snagged Stephanie again after the signing for some fun portraits:

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Michelle, Stephanie, and Bethany.

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Me and Stephanie

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Getting goofy!

See the full photo set here.

And my 2011 TAF post here.

2011 Teen Author Festival: Book Signing Event

21 Mar

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On Sunday, I attended the closing event of the 2011 NYC Teen Author Festival– A HUGE book signing at Books of Wonder! 45 authors were present, to sign their latest releases and chat with fans.

I made it to the second and third panels of the day. When I first arrived, things were pretty hectic. The line was long, and no one was quite sure where to go. But once the authors for panel #2 arrived, things ran incredibly smoothly.

I hopped in one of the longer lines, for Lisa McMann. After a few minutes of waiting, I got to meet her:
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Lisa is totally hilarious, and fun to talk to.
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A little side note about the photos: I’m not sure what is going on with my iphone’s camera. After a month, you’d think I’d know how to use it! I’ve stopped bringing my DSLR to book signings when there are multiple authors present, because honestly it’s just too damn heavy. I was carrying six books yesterday, so I just went with the hipstamatic app. Which usually looks beautiful. I guess it just decided it was too excited to shoot photos in focus this time. ; )

Next, I met Melina Marchetta:
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I’ve been meaning to read Jellicoe Road for ages (I’ve heard amazing things about it!), so I had my copy signed by Melina.

When I got back in line for the 3rd panel, I heard people buzzing about Ellen Hopkins being a surprise guest at the signing. Once I confirmed that she was indeed there, I ran back to the register and bought one of her books.
Ellen had another crazy long line, but was really nice, and more than happy to pose with fans:
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I’m sure this would look great, if it was in focus!

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Next up, was Kim Harrington. I read her debut, Clarity a few weeks ago right after its release. It’s a great combination of mystery, and just a little bit of the supernatural. Kim and I are twitter friends, so it was nice to finally meet her in person!

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We got to talk about glitter! Kim (and about 10 other people) complimented me on my teal glitter eye liner.

The last author I met was E. Lockhart. I haven’t read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks yet, but it’s another book I’ve heard amazing things about. So I was excited to have my copy signed.
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E. Lockhart and I.

The 4th panel of authors:
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I also got to hang out with some fellow book bloggers! Pam from Midnyte Reader, Maria from The Serpentine Library, and Bethany from Bookish Bethie were at the signing too.

All in all, I had an awesome time meeting some great authors, and bloggers. I’ll be adding the Teen Author Festival to my list of yearly NYC events to attend. I ended up going home with a huge pile of signed books too:

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Double Signing Day: Patrick Rothfuss and the NYC Teen Author Festival

16 Mar

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Last night, I succeeded in doing the impossible: I made it to two book signings, in two different nyc boroughs at the exact same time. Obviously I don’t have a clone, so it wasn’t literally at the same time. But thanks to one event starting early, I ended my night with six books signed by some of my favorite authors.

My evening started with Patrick Rothfuss at Barnes and Noble in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Fans were allowed to line up at 4pm for the 7pm signing. So by the time I arrived at 5, there were already about 70 people in line! The store was way too small for a signing of this size. I ended up having to wait outside in the cold for about an hour because there wasn’t any standing room left in the store.

A signing table for Patrick was set up in the magazine section. Space was so limited, and the crowd so large, that Pat’s reading and Q&A was cancelled. Someone failed event planning 101, but I didn’t let that ruin my night. Which was good, because despite the weather outside, I ended up meeting some awesome fellow book lovers in line!

Around 6pm, the guy behind me pointed across the street. “Look” he said, “there’s Patrick!”. I looked up, and there he was, getting out of a cab. He’s pretty hard to miss. I couldn’t resist snapping a “spy photo” with my iPhone:
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After chatting with a friend, Pat noticed us, and started waving and taking photos of the crowd. He stopped to grab some dinner, but came back over around 6:30 to chat with some fans, and tell us he was going to start signing early. I waited for what seemed like forever, chatting with my new friends as the line slowly snaked into the store, and around the magazine section. We joked about cliches in fiction, and our favorite nerdy movies.

Finally, it was my turn. I panicked, and ran to Pat’s assistant with my camera. When I approached Pat, my mind went blank and I forgot everything I’d wanted to say. Which is hilarious, because as a photographer, I come into contact with celebrities all the time. And I can chat with them like they’re my best friend. In front of authors I like–I’m speechless. Pat signed my books, and I finally mumbled something about being so glad he finally made it to NYC after waiting for four years. And then we took this photo together:

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At the time, I didn’t even realize what he’d done. Looking at it now, I think it pretty much sums up Pat’s goofy personality.

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I said good bye to my new friends, and hauled ass to Manhattan for the Teen Author Panel at another Barnes and Noble, in Union Square. I made it just in time to hear the last few minutes of a reading, before the signing began.
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Everyone was SO NICE. Seriously, it was like David Levithan pulled the nicest authors in YA aside and said he wanted to have a panel celebrating friendliness.
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The panel of authors. My iPhone decided to partially blur their identities. ; )

David signed my books first, and I told him how I’d rushed there from another signing, and was crazy excited for Sunday’s mega-signing event. I got to chat with Gayle Forman about If I Stay (I bought it when it first came out, but haven’t read it yet! Yet my mother has. Go figure.) and whether or not Where She Went spoiled me. She was sad to hear the description did, but I told her it was ok.

Hands down the best conversation I had was with Holly Black. I remove all my book covers when I carry them around, so that they aren’t damaged. So when I approached her, she saw the book in my hands, and asked what it was because she didn’t recognize it. I told her it was Red Glove, and she freaked out! (She hadn’t seen it without a cover on yet.) I told her how I found it at Strand last week, thanks to someone selling back a review copy. I was so excited I forgot to tell her how much I loved it, and that the Curse Worker books have become one of my new favorite series. She seemed really happy to see it, and said I had the very first copy she’s signed! She even drew me a cute little cat “speaking” what she’d said:

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Red Glove is now officially the coolest signed book I own.

I’m so glad I made it in time to attend the first event of the 2011 Teen Author Festival! I never thought I’d be able to make it to two events in one night, and see so many authors I love. Thanks to all the authors for being so awesome!

If you have a chance to check out any of the other Teen Author Fest events, go! You can find the full list here.

My other signed books:
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I got my copy of The Name of the Wind signed too, but it pretty much looks exactly like this one.