The Compulsive Reader: Book Signing With J.T. Dutton and Kristina McBride!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Book Signing With J.T. Dutton and Kristina McBride!

Yesterday, Shanyn (of chickloveslit.com) and I headed out to the wonderful Borders in Ann Arbor for a book signing with Kristina McBride, author of The Tension of Opposites, and J.T. Dutton, author of the books Freaked and Stranded.

Before hitting Borders though, we first went to lunch at a nearby Friday's with author Carrie Harris (whose debut  Bad Taste in Boys will be out next year. You should check out her awesome website in the meantime, and though she does not have green skin and pointy teeth, she's still pretty cool), J.T. and Kristina, and bloggers Sara (of The Hiding Spot), Katie (of Sophistikatied), and Valerie (of valeriekwrites.blogspot.com). We had a fun time talking and laughing and eating chicken fingers (most of us).

Then, the book store. I love this particular Borders because it has a really excellent and comprehensive YA section right next to the events area, and we always have a great time looking through all of the books and chatting before the events.

Before Kristina and J.T. started, the Borders staff showed us the book trailers for The Tension of Opposites and Stranded. They are both very good--I was impressed!

Then, Kristina talked about her book for a few minutes and read the first chapter aloud. She passed the microphone to J.T., who also talked about Stranded and her first novel, Freaked, a little bit, and then read from the first chapter of Stranded.

It was a lot of fun, especially since both first chapters leave you hanging quite a bit, and there is a lot of tension in them!

Then, we asked questions, candy was distributed, and we got our books signed. Here is a very unflattering picture of me, but a very nice one of both Kristina and J.T.:

And...to come, hopefully a group picture of us all! I'm waiting on Kristina to put it up sometime this week and then I'll update this post!


Shanyn said...

Yay so fun! Thanks for coming with me :)

kit said...

sounds so fun
I have a question
when will you announce who won "White cat" by holly black? because the contest ended on the 23rd I think..

Jen Dutton said...

I had a lot of fun and a lot of great conversations. THANKS!!!! Michigan is such a cool place.

Carrie Harris said...

This was so much fun! Can't wait to do it again. :)