Apr 15, 2013
Annapolis Book Festival 2013
This weekend I had the chance to go the the Annapolis Book Festival where I got to meet Jon Skovron, Jessica Spotswood, Brigid Kemmerer, and Lea Nolan. I am currently lamenting the fact that I did not take more pictures, so this will (unfortunately) be a limited pics post. I got so caught up listening and talking I forgot about my camera.
I arrived early (with my mom and sister) and immediately found Liza from Reading with ABC. Liza is an awesome girl who I've really only had the chance to chat with online, so getting to spend some quality time with her beforehand was fantastic.
We entered the hall for the World of Fantasy in Young Adult Fiction panel. We snagged front row seats (because we're cool like that), and it wasn't long until I spotted Jen from Jenuine Cupcakes & YABC. After chatting with her, I realized we lived in the same city. Crazy. We were also joined by Stephanie from the Cuddlebuggery (another blogger I regularly chat with) and Jenn from The Bawdy Book Blog.
Jon Skovron kicked off the event as the moderator, and let me say, he was such an absolute joy to listen to. He was engaging, funny, occassionally self-deprecating, and all-around awesome. He kept things moving and even read a part of his upcoming book, Man Made Boy, which I am now desperate to read. But Jon needs to moderate more events. He was fantastic.
I had previous listened to Lea Nolan at the Baltimore Book Festival (before her debut novel, Conjure, had come out), and she is simply fantastic. Always smiling and aided by her assistant/son who called out helpful tips from the sidelines. And did I mention she has one of those voices made for reading aloud? There's something about her that makes me want to listen to her speak over and over. I'm hoping I get to see her at more events and I vow to read her novel in the next few months. It's about hoodoo (totally different from voodoo, guys) and I love books that entertain and educate.
Brigid Kemmerer spoke about her Elementals series, a personal favorite of mine. I was so excited to finally meet her in person and get a chance to chat with her. It was a shame timing didn't allow for more than a, "Hey, Brigid! I can't wait to read Spirit!" and getting
my books signed. She did, however, pick me out of the crowd and recognized me which, I'll admit, made me feel kinda special.
And lastly, but definitely not least, was Jessica Spotswood who is freaking adorable. Seriously, this girl is so cute and tiny! I loved hearing her talk about the Cahill Witch Chronicles. She was so gracious and fun. I hope I get to see her at a lot more events in the next coming months.
I feel like I should also mention that the bloggers I met and myself are all part of the YADCers group on Facebook. Basically a bunch of bloggers and authors that are in the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia area that get together for signings and festivals founded by Andye @ Reading Teen (who was going to come, but got stuck in traffic). I adore this group. Had I not been a part of it and able to connect with bloggers in my area, I likely wouldn't have had nearly as much fun. I would've sat with my mom and sister like a bump on a pickle and not spent 30 minutes after the panel talking with these ladies. And eating Jen's cupcakes.
Point is: I highly recommend finding a group of bloggers near you (you will be shocked at how many there are) and find ways to connect and meet up. I can't wait to see these girls at upcoming events and festivals.