The event was part of a live tour for Scholastic's This Is Teen campaign. As Libba discussed, the aim of This Is Teen is to break the "teen" mold. So many adults have the idea in their head that all teens are the same, like the same things, act the same, etc. But This Is Teen wants to defy that stereotype. They are doing this through a Facebook page, giveaways, a massive scavenger hunt, the live tour and so much more.
Thus far, I think Scholastic has done a great job with the campaign. I especially like that they are giving teens the chance to connect with their favorite authors face to face via the tour.
I attended the San Francisco tour stop, which was hosted by the ever-wonderful Not Your Mother's Book Club at Books Inc. Like me, everyone seemed to be uber excited to be there. The place was packed. Even though my friends and I bought tickets in advance (we were signing group A) and showed up a half hour early, we almost didn't get a seat. It was crazy!
To tide us over before the event started, there were giant replicas of the author's most recent book covers. The heads were cut out of the figures and everyone got to take pictures as if they were a part of the covers.
|Can I have Sam now?|
|Meeting Maggie Stiefvater for the second time!|
We all sat there in stunned silence.
Maggie then laughed and said she knew that would make readers sob.
I am now very, very scared to read Forever. I have a feeling I will be needing lots of tissues.
|Rocking the glasses with Meg Cabot (new for both of us).|
She also talked about how Abandon, her newest YA novel, is one she has been wanting to write since high school, when she was in love with the myth of Persephone. Ever since her days of doodling the myth in her math notebook, she has wanted to revamp it and make it more contemporary. And she finally got the chance to do so in Abandon. I hadn't really considered reading Abandon before the signing, as it sounded too paranormal for my liking, but I am now very intrigued.
|Meeting Libba again, this time as a blogger.|
NYMBC's wonderful leader, Maggie, recorded the game so that those who weren't able to attend the event could share int he hilarity. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
|I finally dragged my friends to a signing with me. From right to left: Kendall, ShinEui, Shannon, Katie, and me.|