Notes from Seattle, Part 3
Nevertheless. Tom and Jerry are generously giving me some blogging time, so I'll wrap up my notes from the Seattle TOKYO HEIST tour before the cat catches the mouse! (For those of you who actually have leisure time to read . . . notes from Part 1 of my tour, if you missed them, can be found here. And Part 2 can be found here).
Saturday found me in the beautiful port town of Edmonds, just north of Seattle. Once again, a CSI team beat me to the bookstore! Here's the creative storefront display at the Edmonds Bookshop:
Edmonds Sister City Commission, both of whom had read the book. Edmonds, WA and Hekinan, Japan are sister cities, with a great exchange program for teens. I donated a book and some swag for their upcoming raffle, and they gave me this cool T-shirt (above). One of these women came in adorned in gorgeous contemporary clothing from Japan, including these awesome split toe shoes! She said they're super comfortable. (If you've been following my footwear travails on the previous posts, you'll know how much I want these!)
After Edmonds, my
At the Bellevue Barnes and Noble, I joined my fellow Seattle-area Apocalypsies J. Anderson Coats (The Wicked and the Just) and Marissa Burt (Storybound) to chat about our books. This was especially fun because the three of us had met in Bellevue for coffee at the beginning of our publication journey, about a year and a half ago when we all joined the Apocalypsies. Now we were all presenting together, our books complete at last!
This event had great turnout, despite competition from the huge Bellevue Arts Festival right next door and a street closure nearby. We had excellent audience participation for some fun activities, and excellent questions. I've been raving about indie bookstores on this tour, but I have to say, my experiences with Barnes and Noble -- here and elsewhere -- have also been extremely positive. Every B&N seems to have its own character, and they've all been welcoming and enthusiastic. They really do support teen fiction as well as debut authors.
|With Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder|
And . . . I met Realm Lovejoy! Realm's one of the four artists who did an illustration based on Tokyo Heist, which I displayed here on my blog last month. She's also an agented YA writer, and I'm hoping her book sells soon and I'll be seeing HER present at Barnes and Noble. (And if you want to look back at my interview with Realm and her artwork inspired by the novel, you can find that here).
Thanks for reading my Seattle dispatches and book tour notes!
I hear an anvil dropping . . . I'm off to catch the tail end of Tom and Jerry with my son!
|With artist/writer Realm Lovejoy|
Labels: Apocalypsies, author events, Barnes and Noble, Edmonds Bookshop, Edmonds Sister City Commission, Marissa Meyer, Realm Lovejoy, Seattle authors, Seattle bookstores, Tokyo Heist, Tokyo Heist events