We met at the bookstore around noon, and after tearing ourselves away from the books (it was hard), we went down the street for lunch and talked books and authors and events for a while. Then, we returned to Borders, browsed some more, and sat down at the fancy event area set up (conveniently located next to the YA section) and waited for Lauren to show! There weren't any front row seats to be had.
(Lots and lots of copies of Before I Fall. And this was only a third of them all!)
And when she did show (in a pair of pretty kick-butt boots that I coveted, but made me cringe at the sheer height of the heel), she greeted us, talked a bit about her background as a writer (her father is a writer, and she showed us a story she wrote when she was in elementary school), and then read two passages from Before I Fall (the prologue, and a scene from Day 5). Then, she talked some more about how the concept for Before I Fall evolved, and took questions from the audience, which was interrupted twice by a lovely man who brought us refreshments (orange creme cake and some delicious flavored coffee that I practically inhaled, it was so good).
A lot of questions were asked--it turns out that Lauren wrote the prologue and the epilogue first, outlines everything, and that her next book will be called Delirium, and is a dystopian (Want. Now.) that might possibly be a trilogy. She also has a few more books lined up as well!
Next, the actual signing commenced, and many, many, many pictures were taken. To the left is a shot of Lauren and me just after she signed my book!
And here is a picture of a bunch of all of us bloggers with Lauren!
Left to right: Beth from twi-sessions.blogspot.com, Sara, Lauren, me, Kristi, and Chelsea!
Standing around, waiting for books to be signed!
We had loads and loads of fun, and if you haven't already picked up a copy of Before I Fall, I urge you to do so immediately! It's a gorgeous, gorgeous book, and it will take your breathe away!