December 28, 2010

5 Great Author Moments

I'm participating in Persnickety Snark's FIVE Challenge for 2010Today bloggers are sharing their picks for Five Great Author Moments. I had more than five great moments, but here are some of the highlights:

John Green & David Levithan at Borders
John Green lives in my city, so when he went on tour for Will Grayson, Will Grayson with co-author David Levithan, they made a stop at John's hometown Borders. It's hard to describe my love for these two authors and their work, but needless to say I was a total fangirl. 
John & David were SO fun to listen to. They did a little reader's theater (with John's wife helping out), answered a ton of questions from the audience, and signed everyone's books. I was #2 in line because I was an early bird. They couldn't take individual pictures with everyone because there were so many people there, but they did talk to each person while they signed books. Awesome! 

Lois Lowry at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library
The Giver is one of my favorite books of all time, so I was so excited to meet the author. She came to the library branch in my neighborhood I lived in at the time. I actually rode in the elevator with the author and didn't notice until we started making small talk and I saw who it was! At the book signing, Lois spoke about her life and her writing before signing books for everyone. I'm glad I went!

Christine Johnson at Borders & my library
Christine is a local author, and over the summer I was able to meet her at a book signing in downtown Indianapolis. Christine is really personable and friendly.

A few months later, Christine came to the library I work for (which is in the county south of Indy) for our National Novel Writing Month events. She spoke to our patrons about creating great characters and lead them in some writing exercises before answering questions. She also donated some swag and bookmarks which we put in the teen room! 

Saundra Mitchell at my library
Saundra, another local author, visited for our NaNoWriMo series and spoke to our patrons about writing dialogue. As a screenwriter and novelist, she had some great insight and answered tons of questions. Plus she was highly entertaining and engaging!

Barbara Shoup visiting my grad school class & my library
Barbara is a local author who is also the Executive Director of the Writers Center of Indiana. She is a dynamic public speaker, and she loves to talk about the writing process. When she visited my YA Literature class, we had the chance to ask her questions about the specific books we'd read as well as her life as a writer. When she visited my library after NaNoWriMo, she spoke to our patrons about revisions and the publishing process and answered a lot of questions. 

I feel lucky to have so many opportunities to meet great authors, even though I live in the midwest. I look forward to more great author moments in 2011! 


Missie said...

Oh Em Geeeee! Super, those are the most amazing in the flesh moments! You rode in an elevator with Lois Lowry?! I totally would have fainted.

Thanks for sharing the great pictures and stories.

Pixie said...

Sounds like you had a blast, great in the flesh moments.

Katie said...

Wow- what fantastic memories! Lois Lowry is such an icon, and I would looove the opportunity to meet John Green and David Levithan.

I Read Banned Books said...

David and John came to Austin on that tour as well. They were SO funny! One of my favorite author signings ever!

Jealous of Lois Lowry. She is finally coming to TX next month!


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