Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday night I took a little trip down to Portage, MI to see Ellen Hopkins at her signing at Barnes and Noble! I was super-excited because this was the first signing I had ever been to, and it was tons of fun! We arrived about a half hour early, and saw that the section they had set up for her was kinda of sad and small. I browsed the store for about fifteen minutes, and when I came back, it was standing room only! Ellen said it was her biggest turn out for her Michigan events so far! Yay!
Ellen then talked about her censorship issues in Oklahoma, and she discussed her inspiration for each of her characters in Tricks and read aloud a poem from each person's perspective. She also talked about how all of her other characters from her other books are based on people she's met, which was interesting (and sad and scary) to know that all of the books she writes are just that much more real.
Then we had a Q&A and Ellen did a great Twilight impression (it was right on the money, really) and made us all laugh, and then want to cry in the next minute (which is really the nature of her books). It was a great event!
Then, I got into the very back of the line where I met up with fellow blogger Sara, and we chatted up a storm as we waited to get our books signed. Then, we met blogger and ultra-awesome librarian Laura and stood around and gabbed for another hour and half! So much fun! We must connect at later signings!
All in all, a great first signing! Ellen Hopkins is an excellent speaker, so if you ever get the chance to see her in person, definitely take advantage of it!
Also...I got a little souvenir for you blog readers...a signed copy of BURNED! It's my favorite book by Ellen, and I'll be giving away the extra signed copy here on my blog. Just comment below and tell me which author you'd most like to meet and why and you'll be entered! Contest ends on October 31st!
Also, Michigan readers: stay tuned for some more cool event announcements!