The Compulsive Reader: This Is Teen Launch Party!

Monday, June 6, 2011

This Is Teen Launch Party!

While in NYC last week, one of my favorite events was Scholastic's This Is Teen launch party, held at the Scholastic building in Soho! Unfortunately, I didn't take many pictures because I was too busy trying to keep up with everyone, but some silliness did ensue, which I managed to capture on camera.

It started off with a VIP party on the roof of the building, where Libba Bray, Meg Cabot, and Maggie Stiefvater mingled with us bloggers and some of the lovely Scholastic staff. I met some people who work behind the scenes at figment.com, and loads of bloggers I usually only recognize by their Twitter handles.

Then, the party moved downstairs to the awesome, awesome Scholastic store for the public book signing. Maggie, Libba, and Meg have such excellent chemistry together, and listening to them speak was really fun, plus totally hilarious. The room was PACKED, so unfortunately I missed some of what was being said, but it was still fun!

One of my favorite parts of the night were the huge posters of each author's book displayed throughout the store, with cut-offs where the character's head should go. Naturally, Stacey (from Page Turner's Blog) and Lynsey (from Narratively Speaking, who also had a nice English accent and whose birthday happens to be tomorrow, so you should go tell her happy birthday!) and I had to get pictures with every head. Naturally.

Maggie's table was the first one we hit, and she was signing copies of her books (including many ARCs of Forever and some of The Scorpio Races that somehow managed to find their way in) in the Magic School Bus. The Magic School Bus. That's how awesome the Scholastic store is. Amazing writers sign books in the Magic School Bus.

Maggie and I! 

Tirzah as wolfy-Grace!
Lynsey as wolfy-Grace!

Then, we wound around to Meg Cabot's line! I was so, so excited for this event because I'd get to see Meg Cabot in person--which has basically been a little dream of mine since I was 11 years old and first picked up All American Girl. She signed my copy of Abandon, posed for a picture, and after I introduced myself, told me that she had heard of my blog! I could have died and gone to heaven in that moment!

Not really sure why I was bending over so...
Lynsey, me, and Stacey with Meg!

And of course, we got pictures of ourselves as Pierce, the heroine on Meg's latest book, Abandon. This turned out to be a bit trickier that we anticipated, though...

Lynsey, with the lustrous hair to fit the cover!

And me...not exactly at the right angle!

Finally, we jumped into the Libba Bray line, and were the very last people in it! It was a long one, but we entertained ourselves quite a bit! Stacey and Lynsey did a dramatic reading of a potty training book when the line went through the picture book section. We talked about books, books, and more books. We sat down, got up, and sat down again. Finally, we approached the giant orange dinosaur that Libba was signing under! 

Libba, me...and a little bit of the giant dinosaur.

And of course, the obligatory cover shot...

The only time you'll see me in a bikini.

Sparkle ponies for the win!

It was such a blast, and we had fun shutting down the store! Thanks to Scholastic for the marvelous party, food and drinks (I loved this This Is Teen-i!) and the great fun! You all rock, and that was the highlight of my trip.


Jules said...

It looks like you had a fab time!

Alexa S. said...

The event really was fabulous! I had such a good time. :)

Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Ooh, so wish I could have been there! Looks like you had a wonderful time. Plus, I loved the book cover cut-outs and pictures! That's hilarious.
Mary @ Book Swarm

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Fun! And those pictures are hilarious!

Emily said...

That party was so awesome! I'm sorry I missed the reading. Although, Susan and I did a re-enactment of BEA with toy dinosaurs. That was fun.

Eden the StorySnoop said...

This looks like lots of fun! I am taking my daughter to the San Francisco event next week. Now I'm even more excited :-))

Ynysawdre Elderly Residents Association said...

What a wonderful event. You guys are lovely. Lyns I got to see photos of you at BEA :D :D