What We Heard at the Decatur Book Fest '13


Krista and I and our best friend Ashley went to Decatur, GA for the annual Book Fest! Instead of doing a recap of our activities, I jotted down notes at each panel to share with you some of the humorous and cool tidbits that you didn't get to hear (unless you were there of course). So in bullet point fashion, I'm going to list them off. And if some of them aren't as funny -- maybe it's a "you have to be there" thing -- which sucks because the point of this is to transport you to the fest. So close your eyes and imagine the sweltering GA heat (and a bit of spontaneous rain). Here we go!

  • SYLO by D.J. McHale: He read the first chapter of his book, and I happened to close my eyes to listen. He has the voice of the Sandlot narrator. No lie. He could read anything to me. Krista agreed, so it's not all in my head, promise. 

  • The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey: He walked to the stage wearing dark sunglasses (looking bad ass, mind you) and people began clapping. When they stopped, he waved his arms and said, "Don't stop." Immediately, I had a flash of Robert Downing Jr. His personality was infectious. 

  • The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey: He started describing his book, but he did so in a way that had everyone on the edge of their seats. It was poetic. He started describing technology blacking out everywhere. And then he paused and said, "That's the first wave." Literally, jaw dropped. Brilliant pitch. Now I have to read this book. 

  • Reboot by Amy Tintera: Amy told the crowd that she would go to fests like these (and I believe she mentioned BEA) as a reader if she didn't get invited as an author -- just to walk around and talk about books.

  • Reboot by Amy Tintera: She said that at first she didn't like her character Ever because she was just hanging around for no real reason, but after she found her place, she became one of her favorite characters and the most important. 

  • Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry: He was super nice. Someone asked about how to market your book, and he offered to email her his query so that she would have an idea of how to create one. He also mentioned that he writes 8-10 hours a day because it's his day job. 

  • Hourglass series by Myra McEntire: She's obsessed with hygiene, and when she mentioned that she's currently working on a high fantasy, she said "there will be bathrooms." Gotta have the nice bathrooms, even if it's crazy Roman times. (Side Note: Myra was by far the funniest author. Her sarcastic wit was hilarious! Now I really need to pick up her books.)

  • Hourglass series by Myra McEntire: She wished she could be listening to Justin Timberlake while writing her high fantasy, because we all need some JT, but her book is more Iron & Wine. She tried writing to some Timberlake, and it didn't work. 

  • Hourglass series by Myra McEntire: She said if you tell her that you love the romance in Infinity Glass, she'll kiss you. So Michelle turns to her and says that she loves the romance. So Myra made good on her promise and gave Michelle a kiss on the cheek


  • The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo: Octavia from Read. Sleep. Repeat, I believe, was the one who prompted Bardugo on Twitter to do a Twitter dance with her. And they were both up for the challenge, so they went up to the front of the stage and danced together. Cute moment! 

  • Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin: She explained that in the sequel, she put a lot of her fears in the book like dolls and then horror tropes she loved. 

  • Of Poseidon series by Anna Banks: She warned us that she was under the influence of Benadryl after allergies. Maybe it was being on medication, I have no idea, but she was so funny. 

  • Of Poseidon series by Anna Banks: When asked if about her challenges and rewards, she couldn't remember what the question was through her whole answer. She went off to relate outlining to walking into a shower with your bra on -- that you need to be free, but you forgot to take it off. The entire panel of authors then asked the crowd who has ever walked into a shower with their bra on, thinking Banks is the only one who has ever done it. And Banks said, it's not that uncommon. It's like leaving your shirt on when you get into the shower. (The most I've done is leave my watch on lol.) 

  • Of Poseidon series by Anna Banks: She admitted that she was riding in the back of cop cars (she has the date scheduled) for research on her next book. 

  • Crewel by Gennifer Albin & The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski: Both authors supplied makeup at their signings. Albin gave away chapstick, and Rutkoski gave away eye shadow! I thought that was pretty darn creative. 

Two awesome readers gave these to us in support of Courtney!

  • The Archived series by Victoria Schwab & Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens: Okay so they weren't on the panel, but they were both walking around the fest dressed as Shadowhunters! When I spotted Schwab, I smacked Krista on the arm and said, is that her? And it was! I'm too much of an introvert to approach authors though. So I stayed seated. 

More Books Signed 

That's it! I'm sure I forgot other things that were cool, but this is all I could remember (and some were from my notes). Sorry there aren't any pictures of the panels. If you know anything about Krista and me, it's that we suck at picture-taking. I have three pics of the stage, and they're too out of focus and horrible to reveal.

We also met some super cool bloggers at the fest, including Angela from Reading Angels -- who is incredibly sweet! As mentioned with the wrist band pic, we ran into some grad students who are super fans, and we loved talking to them about books and the upcoming YALL fest. Decatur fest is really a pre-game for the epicness that is YALL fest. Really, it's the holy grail of Young Adult since it's only for the YA crowd. If you haven't been, I suggest taking a road trip! It's totally worth it. And you can meet us there ;) 

So what do you think? What was your favorite tidbit from the festival? 





 

14 comments:

  1. This is like, the best post I've ever seen! lol I've never been to a book anything: signing, fest, NOTHING! A lot of these books, I really want to read :) Awesome post!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. Thanks so much Janina :D I hope you finally get to go to a signing or a fest. They're so much fun!!

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  2. The Infinityglass series is one of my favorites and I'd definitely highly recommend it! Anna Banks also sounds hilarious. Thanks for the recap, it's always awesome to see what happened at events I didn't get the chance to go to :)

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    1. I really need to read that series! After listening to Myra, I really, really want to now!

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  3. I was there too! I saw the panel with D. J. MacHale, the one with Amy Tintera, and the one with Michelle Hodkin and I got books signed. It was great!

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    1. No way! I always feel like the audience is littered with bloggers, but I can never find anyone unless I approach. And I'm pretty introverted. Glad you had fun!! I think those were all the panels we saw too ;)

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  4. This event sounds so awesome ! Gennifer Albin has an amazing signature !

    It's funny, my sister and I share most of our books, so occasionally when we go to signings and neither wants to buy a second book we have the author sign it to both of us. I'd just never seen anyone else do it-- thought we were the only ones.

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    1. Her signature is pretty! I don't think many people get double signatures because the authors always ask us if we share books. I haven't heard of someone else doing it either :D

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  5. Sounds like you guys had an amazing time and I'm sad I missed the Bardugo dance and the Victoria Schwab sighting.

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    1. Thanks Angie! The Bardugo dance was so cute and spunky. Wish you could have seen it! (someone may have caught the scene on video and posted on youtube, now that I think about it)

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  6. Ah, that's so awesome, girls! So jealous of you, but glad at the same time. Thanks so much for recapping these to us:) You're way too lovely. Btw, Robert Downey Jr attitude is the best bad-a charisma to have lol :D So glad you had so much fun!

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    1. Thanks Siiri! :D Yes, Robert Downey Jr. is so awesome! Now Rick Yancey goes in a separate author category for his coolness.

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  7. Oh gosh, can't wait for your YALLfest re-cap. Totally jealous and wishing I could go! haha

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    1. I'll be sure to take some notes of the panels at YALL fest so you guys feel like you were there :D Wish you were going too!

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