Friends, I have been so lucky to attend a plethora of awesome events held by the Hudson Valley YA Society the past few months at Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY. Although, every time I attend an event, I fully intend to write a long and lengthy detailed recap with highlights and pictures and the whole shebang, but usually just end up too tired when I get home and then put it off until I forgot everything I was going to write about. In this case, that’s happened for me at the last three events I attended. I didn’t take notes, and I end up procrastinating. Enter today’s post! I have quite a few pictures on my iPhone (ILY ILY) from the events that were always intended to be posted here on Good Books And Good Wine, so I hope you’re cool with this photo heavy post, if not that’s cool but note, I am totally bribing you with some books at the end.
November 4, 2012 – Kimberly Sabatini’s Launch Party:
In which debut author Kimberly Sabatini talks about the writing process for Touching The Surface and it’s influences. Oh, also Kimberly is like the nicest author I have EVER, ever met. She’s always so warm and welcoming and genuine at the events — she’s also a pretty regular attendee of HVYAS.
One cool thing about the signings at Oblong Books is that the authors usually read an excerpt from their books which generally makes me WAY more excited to read the book.
December 9, 2012 – Gwenda Bond and Libba Bray
At this signing, there wasn’t really a theme so Gwenda Bond and Libba both brought in stories they wrote when they were kids and it was all kinds of hilarious and awesome, as you can see by Libba’s laughter attack.
So, I probably seem like an author stalker but I am pretty sure this is the fourth time I’ve met Libba. She’s been lovely and kind every time I’ve met her. This was my first time meeting Gwenda, who is also lovely and has the most awesome southern accent. Also? You don’t have to tell me or ask me twice to wear a flapper headband, I will do it every single time.
Of course, Allison let me drag her to this signing — well not quite drag, she was a very willing participant. Anyways, here she is with Gwenda and Libba.
February 3, 2013 – Gayle Forman, Elizabeth LaBan, and Amy McNamara
I went to this event two weeks ago with my little sister — who I’m meeting up with for some Hibachi in like 40 minutes hahaha better get going with this post. Anyways, talk about an event for contemporary lovers featuring newcomers Amy McNamara and Elizabeth LaBan and the legendary Gayle Forman. I loved this event, it was so intelligent and insightful and I feel like I learned quite a bit about the three authors. Also? Cool thing, Gayle Forman opened by talking about the role of privilege in the three books thus cementing her as one of my favorite authors of all time.
You totally can’t see it, but I am flapping my arms and flailing and fangirl squeeing on the inside. You guys! GAYLE FRICKEN THE BOSS FORMAN GAVE ME A HUG. OMG and she knew what Good Books And Good Wine was. Or maybe she was just being nice. BUT STILL. OH MY GOD. I almost had a meltdown of happiness and fangirling and being overwhelmed by awesome. This was by far one of the highlights of all the signings I have attended.
But wait… there’s more…
Whatever could this fly stack be? OH WAIT. I think I know. These are the extra copies I purchased, fully intending to give them away with my recap posts, but omg I was too lazy to do recaps. Does that mean these books go to waste? Hell no, I paid list price for them. Therefore if you are a genius like I am, I bet you can guess what’s coming. I’m giving them all to one lucky winner from the US or you know, has a US address.
All these books are signed? WHATTTTT. Yo, that means these books are EXTRA special and you should totally use the rafflecopter to enter. Oh and please be 13 years or older, ain’t nobody got time for COPA.