Today was the Sarah Mlynowski and Maureen Johnson reading/signing at The Little Shop of Stories in Decatur, Ga and it was exactly as entertaining as expected!
Maureen read from a chapter of her new book The Last Little Blue Envelope and it was hilarious to listen to her as she attempted a Belgium accent (it involved quite a few “uhhs” and a deeper “manly voice”). I was especially glad she choose a non-spoilery portion as I read the book on release day, but my roommate hasn’t read it yet! I enjoyed this book far more than the first one and this made me want to go back and re-read it already.
Sarah read the prologue of her newest book Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) which I haven’t had the chance to read (as I purchased it that afternoon at the shop), but I’m already hooked. The prologue was an excellent look at the character we were about to spend the entire book with and she’s definitely intriguing enough to where you want to know how her story goes. As soon as I finish the book I’m currently reading I plan on diving right in and devouring this one!
It’s always exciting to hear authors lend their own voice to their novel, as you know that is how they heard the story and the dialogue unfold as they wrote it. It feels a bit as if we’ve been allowed inside their head and given a glimpse of a world most don;’t get the chance to see. It makes you feel privileged and special and it’s almost a magical moment.
After the readings Sarah and Maureen spent some time answering questions and goofing off with the audience. Maureen spent a portion of this time in her fancy new hotel bathrobe (see my Flickr page for more pictures) and entertained the audience with her flair for the dramatics! Both Sarah and Maureen gave very thoughtful and detailed answers to everything that the audience asked and they were an absolute joy to watch! I can’t wait til Maureen comes back to town for the Decatur Book Fest!