Hey guys! It’s time for another event recap! On Friday, I went to a singing at Politics & Prose in Washington D.C. for Becky Albertalli and I.W. Gregorio! If you don’t know, Becky wrote Simon Vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda and I.W. wrote None of the Above.
I loved both books! On with the recap:
I got to the store around 6:45, after eating dinner with my mom at a restaurant across the street. The store was PACKED because of another event going on, something with a super popular adult historical-fiction writer. Anyways, when I finally made my way downstairs to the children and teen section, I immediately saw Becky! I get super nervous around authors and they intimidate the crap out of me, so I put my coat down on a chair to save my seat and made a beeline for the YA books, ignoring Becky. AUTHORS MAKE ME NERVOUS.
After doing some shopping (I bought two books), I went back to the presentation area and sat down. I took out my Kindle to read and pretty much stared down the authors. Out of the blue, Becky said to me “Deanna? Am I pronouncing that right?” I was shocked to say the least. My response was somewhere along the lines of “OMG HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?” to which she replies that I look like my Twitter picture. She isn’t the first author to recognize me from Twitter, guys. The same thing happened with Adam Silvera in June! I chatted with her for a few brief minutes about how much I love Simon and how all my blogger friends love it too.
The event started pretty promptly at 7. They had a good turnout! There were about five rows of chairs and people sitting on the floor.
The discussion was great! They each read from their books and then asked each other questions! They talked about their most awkward moment, their road to publishing, diversity in books, the teenage voice, their characters, and more! It was a great discussion and I laughed a lot.
The signing was just as fun! I was first in line and greatly enjoyed chatting with both Becky and Ilene. I got both of my hardcovers signed and personalized to me. I talked to Ilene about her involvement with We Need Diverse Books. I told her about the research class I’m taking at school and that my year-long project is focusing on diversity in children’s books and the correlation between self-esteem and representation in books. She gave me her business card and told me I could reach out to her if I needed help with anything! I am sooo appreciative of this! I.W. Gregorio rocks, guys!
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this post! Make sure to share your thoughts below! 🙂