Last Thursday evening, something unprecedented happened.
I’ll give you a moment to absorb that, frankly, unlikely and unbelievable information.
Yes, last Thursday evening, HarperCollins Teen held a fan event for voracious readers of YA to inspire and incite fever and excitement over some of their upcoming titles. And I made the unprecedented decision to strap on my feet (quite literally, as you will see) and get out there amongst the fleshlings.
First I had to ensure that I had functioning tootsies for the evening, after an incident with a mini-fleshling caused my feet to part company with the rest of my person. First I tried superglue and when that didn’t work, clutching at straws, I took the drastic measure of duct taping my feet to my body. At least the grey tape matches my hide.
It’s hardly even noticeable, right?!
On arrival at the State Library of Queensland, I attempted to blend in with the fleshlings and their goodie bags. I think I did a fine job and they never noticed a thing.
I even managed to snap a shot with Terry, the YA-reading Dinosaur mascot of the Between the Covers team!
And I got to rub shoulders with some of Brisbane’s best and brightest bloggers in the YA sphere. Here are some of those that attended.
We were even treated to a chat from recent Gold Inky winner, Gabrielle Tozer – author of YA comedy contemporary titles The Intern and its sequel Faking It – and not only did she manage to photobomb my selfie, she was kind enough to sign a copy of her first book for me…
I’m not sure whether she intentionally meant the “rock” pun, given my stony nature, but I appreciated it nonetheless.
There was also plenty of loot on hand for attendees, with a few brilliantly enticing ARCs in our goodie bags, including Oz YA titles Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman (described as a cross between Buffy and Jane Austen!!) and This is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang, author of Falling Into Place.
I’m also itching to get into Demon Road by Derek Landy (of Skulduggery Pleasant fame), which looks like it will be delightfully cheeky and action-packed. I was lucky enough to win some extra goodies, which included the graphic novel Nimona by Noelle Stevenson; a book that has been on my TBR for a while.
In fact, I was so swamped with loot, that I was very nearly crushed under the mountainous pile of it.
All in all it was a wonderfully successful first jaunt out into the big wide world. Mad Martha was exceptionally jealous that she didn’t get to fulfil her usual role as “Shelf Venturer-Outerer” given the amount of loot involved, but she needn’t worry as I doubt I will be making a habit of it. I’m certain I lost a little stone off my ears in the journey there and back.
Many thanks to HarperCollins Australia for extending an invitation to we shelf dwellers!
Until next time,