Last night I made my way to A Great Good Place for Books (isn’t that a great name?) in Oakland for a book signing with Stephanie Perkins, Nina LaCour, Gayle Forman, Jess Rothenberg and moderated by Yvonne Prinz.
Ah, yeah. Epic.
I loved listening to their writing processes, learning about working with editors, and a candid discussion on censorship (which Gayle Forman nailed using an analogy that may have involved green peas). Also, the bonus factor: about fifteen teenage boys who thought the YA or Bust tour meant they might see some real ‘busts.’
On later examination we learned they were there for extra credit. But still, what cool teacher gives extra credit for that? And, I bet despite their reluctance in being there, they actually learned a thing or two.
I have a bedside table full of shiny new books and had a fantastic conversation with Gayle Forman, my new writer crush. She was great!
I have realized, as I’ve gotten older, that book signings are my new concerts. I rarely go to concerts anymore, I tend to complain about the noise and not being able to be in bed by ten…but book signings…