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I didn't get pics of the goodie bags, but each teacher got a YA or middle-grade book plus an adult novel. We'll soon post more info about the schmooze both here and at bridgetobooks.org.
I also bought Fever by Lauren DeStefano because really, how could I not? Gotta support my Indies.
I really only bought Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer that evening, but I for sure had to get something--the Breathless Reads tour came to Once Upon a Time!
|Marie Lu, Jessica Spotswood, Beth Revis, and Andrea Cremer (with Alybee930 in the back) looking lovely!|
I also got a review copy of the first Scary School book, straight from the author himself! Derek the Ghost (not a real ghost ;) brought it to the event. Turns out he's a Legend fan!
He also doodled a zombie in the book for me:
|You should check out his website, www.scaryschool.com!|
SCIBA is the Southern California Independent Bookseller's Association. We LOVE them. All of our favorite indies were represented, including Once Upon a Time, Mrs. Nelson's, Vroman's, San Marino Toy & Book Shoppe, Diesel, and Children's Book World. We got to sit at the same table with Bonnie Verburg, Sara Lynn, and Scott Bly (who has a forthcoming YA called Smashers coming in 2013).
Row 3: Anyway by Arthur Salm, The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke, Above World by Jenn Reese, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo
I got to see all of the Breathless authors again (they had just been to Passion and Prose in Long Beach). I missed out on Amber Benson's Among the Ghosts, and luckily I already have a signed copy of Sidekicks by Dan Santat--his signing line went on for freaking miles*! (I know, I'm exaggerating. It's 3:30 am o_O ... but it was a pretty darn long line).
I goofed and left my ARC of BZRK--by Michael freaking Grant--at home :C He showed us an excellent book trailer (I can't find it online, though, so you'll have to settle for this one) so at the very least I am glad I have the book. I think my husband might even enjoy this one!
And the best part of the evening, other than meeting all those lovely authors, running into fantastic friends like Katie from Bookyurt, Cathy_Blackler, Andrea Vuleta (now-former SCIBA president), was that Alyson won a ticket to September's Children's Books and Literacy Brunch in San Diego. I am SO going with her! (Hrm, maybe we can go a day early and finally grab dimsum with Cindy Pon!)
Ok, well, that is one of the many, many, many great parts of the evening.
This was the best part:
Now if I could just get some time alone with my books this week... I have a ton of reading to do!
What's on your bookshelf?