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TGIF June 22nd! Authors are our Celebrities!

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads. Every Friday she posts a new question and it’s a really fun way to discover new blogs.

This weeks question is: Authors Are Our Celebrities: Have you ever contacted an author you admired? How did that experience go? If not, which author would you love to have a chat with?

This is one of the reasons I absolutely love Twitter, it makes it so easy for me to try and reach out to authors I like! And, thankfully, most of them are so sweet about it. I know they must get bombarded with dozens of @ replies every hour, yet most of them really do take the time to answer back as many as they can. I’ve chatted back and forth with Robin McKinley, Beth Revis, Diana Peterfreund, Victoria Schwab, Sherry Soul and many others. They’ve all been perfectly lovely and sweet and willing to indulge my bombardment of tweets about how amazing their books are.

(Warning, this is apparently Star Wars weekend on my blog, which makes sense since it’s my birthday weekend!)

However, my favorite author experience was a few years back when I first met Timothy Zahn at DragonCon. I happened upon him in one of the dealer rooms, where he was signing at one of the bookseller booths. I did a double take because I wasn’t expecting to meet anyone in the dealer room of all places. So there I was, standing awkwardly off to the side and basically just staring, because y’all this was TIMOTHY ZAHN and he is the best Star Wars EU author ever. And he created Mara Jade, my favorite female character of all time.

There was no line so I stopped staring and stepped up to the table to as very nicely if he’d sign my badge ( I didn’t happen to have any of his books on me at the time). Since there was no one else waiting in line, I asked him a few questions about his books and his characters, ones I had been dying to know the answers to for quite some time. Before I knew it he asked me if I wanted to sit with him and his wife. We spent about half an hour discussing books, characterization, Harry Potter and the benefits of killing off characters.

At that point his time in the booth was up and he and his wife were off to dinner. I thanked them profusely for letting me chat with them and he told me where to find him the next day to get my books signed. And then I wandered away in a complete daze, completely amazed at how I’d just had an entire conversation with one of my idols.

It was pretty much one of the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me.

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Posted by on 22 June, 2012 in TGIF

 

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TGIF! Most Valuable Book!

TGIF is a weekly meme hosted by Ginger at GReads. Every Friday she posts a new question and it’s a really fun way to discover new blogs.

This weeks question is: Most Valuable Book: From your personal collection of books, which ones hold the most value to you – is it signed by the author? or maybe it’s your favorite story of all time? Share it with us.

This week’s question is really fascinating and I can’t wait to see what makes a book valuable to everyone. There are so many factors that could be used to evaluate the books value and everyone will have a different set of criteria.

In my collection there are two books that I valuable above all the others and they are both highly values for sentimental reasons.

The first book is my copy of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. It’s funny that this is one of my most valuable books, as it’s not high up there on my list of favorite novels. This particular copy makes the list as it is a Third Edition, hardcover copy of the book that was given to me by my great-great aunt. We were on a trip up North to visit Family the summer before seventh grade and I had borrowed Gone with the Wind from the library to read for the first time (It was a long book so i figured it would last the bulk of the way up the east coast).

We spent time in Buffalo visiting my mom’s Aunt and Uncle and cousins, family that we only rarely got to see so we always tried to make the most of our trips. On one of our last days there we took some time to visit my mom’s Great-Aunt. Her Aunt Clara was a big reader and to make conversation she asked me about the book I had in my hands, the library copy of Gone with the Wind. Her eyes lit up and she managed to get up and pull something off the shelf, a hardback copy of Gone wit the Wind that looked like it had been read many, many times. She handed it to me and told me I could keep it, that she wanted me to have it.

Unsure, I glanced at my mom to make sure it was okay to accept the gift, and then turned back to Aunt Clara to thank her profusely.

Aunt Clara passed away a few years later, so that trip was the last time that I saw her. However, I still have her copy of Gone with the Wind, the third edition that she bought new and read over and over again as a young adult.

The other book that holds a lot of sentimental value to me is my copy of The Giver by Lois Lowry. This bookbelonged to my mom, she purchased it to read as an assignment when she was in graduate school. I was in late elementary school at the time and she thought I would enjoy the book, so she purchased an extra copy for me.

The extra copy was purchased as my mom’s copy was signed by the author. Lois Lowry had visited Oglethorpe University when my mom was in graduate school and she was able to go hear her speak. Afterwards she waited in line to meet the author and have her sign her award winning book.

The signed copy sat on a shelf in my mom’s room and while I was allowed to look at it, I wasn’t able to take it anywhere. This was the first book I had seen that was signed by the author and I was in awe over it.

A few years ago mom was cleaning out her room and she asked if I wanted her copy of The Giver. Um, of course I did! I don’t think I will ever have the opportunity to meet Lois Lowry myself, but I will always have a signed copy of her book.

What are you most valuable books and why? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 
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Posted by on 15 June, 2012 in TGIF

 

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