Hi hi hi so last week I went to NYC and met so many lovely people that it’s kind of ridiculous. Now I will talk about it.
New York Comic Con was happening around that time so there were heaps of authors hanging about but unfortunately, I didn’t go because it was sold out. I did meet up with my friend Cindy (she designed my fancy layout!) and she gave me three books I’m super excited for, THANK YOU!! Some authors also did events outside of NYCC and Stefan Bachmann happened to be one of them! He stopped by Books of Wonder along with Christopher Krovatin, Gordan Korman, Matt Myklusch, and Nils Johnson-Shelton.
They were all fantastic! I totally dig their latest reads. Stefan Bachmann’s last one was The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand (YAY!), Matt Myklusch’s was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Gordan Korman’s was The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon (I think it was this one because I vaguely remember alternate histories), Nils Johnson-Shelton’s was Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, and Christopher Krovatin was reading a zombie book. Afterwards, there was a signing. I was super excited to meet Stefan Bachmann because I’ve wanted his book ever since it was pitched as The Graveyard Book meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Plus, it’s shiny.
All the things I got including a cool t-shirt, button, and Swiss chocolate. He recognised me probably because I’ve been
gently harrassing talking to him on Twitter. To be honest, I was not expecting a whole chocolate bar because I thought they would be bite-sized chocolate pieces. ANYWAY! Thank you, Mr. Stefan Bachmann for all the very nice things you gave me and taking to time to do the event outside of your very cool life. He lives in a hundred year old house in Switzerland where he plays music in the hills (or not, let’s just base this off misconceptions and the fact he tweeted about this) and pens steampunk fantasies, what a life.
Afterwards, I met Hannah from In the Best Worlds who is really nice and has pretty hair. Then I met up with Estelle from Rather Be Reading and Alexa from Alexa Loves Books which was the BEST and omg can I just hang out with them foreverrr and do bookish things. I heart them hard and they’re the epitome of wonderful! I had so much fun! They weren’t weirded out by me and I think I was at my minimal awkwardness. SCORE! I could gush even more but this post would be even longer (I know right) so I shall refrain.
The next next day, it was J.K. ROWLING TIME! I had dinner with Alexa & Estelle again at Shake Shack where there were people to be glared at, burgers to be eaten, and an event that cemented that we are real, true blue friends. After separating from Estelle (sniff, my heart has a hole in it), Alexa and I headed over to the David H. Koch Theater! It’s really pretty. I saw Kody Keplinger and Aimee Carter in the restroom and was like OMG AUTHORS. But it was the restroom sooo kind of creepy to go all DANNY DEVITO I LOVE YOUR WORK there.
The event started off very promptly with lots of hurrah and cheers going on as soon as J.K. Rowling came on. She was so lovely and charming! Ann Prachett was a great interviewer and my only qualm was that I wished the event was longer. J.K. Rowling, let me hear you talk 4ever.
They briefly discussed 50 Shades of Grey and the difference between using the term “adult” and “grown up.” J.K. Rowling said, “The difference should be that people have sex in this book but no one really enjoys it.” Love this exchange:
Ann: I’ve got no problem with porn but everyone tells me they’re terribly written.
Jo: But that’s PORN!
Jo: Have you ever read Story of O?
Ann: No, I went to Catholic school.
Jo: Well, you’ll like it even more.
This is after Ann said she’ll send her notecards after this is all done so Jo could see all the questions she didn’t ask. She responded that she’ll send them back with a “A+! Good job!”
Jo asked Ann if she found the book funny and was relieved when Ann replied she did. She talked about one of her friend’s reaction to the book,”His immediate reaction was “fucking hell.” That’s what he texted me which you know, as a writer isn’t the best review. What do you mean? Be specific. ‘So dark, it’s just so dark.’ Well, there’s some funny– ‘it’s just dark. So dark.'”
She talked about how much she values traditional publishing and never even thought about self publishing. She said there’s a certain romance in traditional publishing and being under the same imprint as other authors. Also, she really values bookshops and after talking to Ann, thought, “Maybe I should open a bookshop!” Only for her husband to be horrified at her enthusiasm and tell her, “Do NOT open a bookshop. Like we haven’t got enough going on!”
J.K. Rowling reading from The Casual Vacancy! She is a FANTASTIC reader and I love her voices. So entrancing.
A question she was asked was in where she would like to go, fictional or real. Her immediate response was Jane Austen’s time because “Who hasn’t got a thing for Mr. Darcy?” She then talked about her favourite book when she was younger and that she would like to go there because, “I think it’s the books that you read when you’re young that stays with you always.” Hello, Harry Potter.
After that was the SIGNING! It was by rows and since I was near the front, I didn’t have to wait very long. The line moved VERY quickly and efficiently. Here are two snaps I managed to get.
I squeaked out a hi and that’s about it. These two pics pretty much document my .0002 seconds of AWESOME with J.K. Rowling. I saw heaps of people crying in the lobby afterwards and some even had ziploc bags for their copies! Intense.
Afterwards, I waited around for Alexa, Mitali of Alley of Books, and Morgan Matson who we planned to meet beforehand! Morgan Matson came out a little while after me because our rows were the closest to each other and aldkmg;aet that was so exciting! I’m such a huge fan of her books and it was just so wonderful to meet her. She’s incredibly nice and so easy to talk to. I even told her that I appreciated there’s sexy times (tastefully!) in her books. She’s going to go to Paris for two months and write, so dreamy and perfect! There were moments where I was like “omg I love your books and we’re actually talking omg omg” in my head. Besides J.K., she totally made my life saying she’s a fan of the blog, ahh! I asked her for a picture:
I’m making that face in the first picture because I wasn’t too sure if my phone was working! So attractive, I know. Anyway, Morgan tried to stay as long as she could to meet Alexa and Mitali but since they were in the second ring, it took awhile and she had to take a train back to Connecticut. Sadness. Finally, Alexa came out and we talked a bit about the event before going our separate ways. Double sadness but I’ll have my memories!
Overall, I had a magnificent time in NYC! Hooray for lovely bookish people!