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I have been very, very fortunate in that I've had interactions with a number of authors, thanks primarily due to my access to a fantastic independent bookstore. If you live in the Chicagoland area like I do, I highly encourage you to check out Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, IL. Named one the best independent bookstores in the country by Publisher's Weekly, this store draws big names and sets up an atmosphere that makes events a hit. It was there that I met Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen, Veronica Roth, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, David Levithan, Jay Asher, Stephanie Perkins, and so, so many more! I was also lucky to meet a number of authors when I attended the ALA Annual Conference in 2013 - Laurie Halse Anderson actually hugged me. It was awesome. However, my most recent author interaction was one I haven't gotten to blog about yet and now is the perfect opportunity.
I met John Green. I still can't quite believe it. My boss received an email that he was doing this year's Zena Sutherland Lecture at the Herald Washington Library, I got tickets for myself and a friend, forwarded the email to some coworkers who then also shared it with students, and wow. He gave a fantastic speech all about technology, diversity, where his ideas come from, the purpose of fiction, the role of book sellers/librarians, and so much more. It was amazing how much he was able to fit in 30 minutes. Afterwards there was a reception where he was kind enough to take pictures with almost everyone, including this selfie of us. It was an evening I won't be forgetting any time soon. :)
More Than Just Words
I'm a traditional print kind of girl when it comes to reading. I like the feel of a book in my hands, though I do love my e-reader especially when I travel (I recently purchased a new Nook Glowlight, my second device from Barnes & Noble). However I've been opening up more in recent years. I really should give graphic novels more of a chance, but recently I've been absolutely loving the world of audiobooks. I love taking long walks in the summer and a great narrator with an engaging story makes me actually want to get out and exercise! Maggie Stievfater's The Scorpio Races is perhaps my favorite audiobook, but I'm also very much looking forward to Ashley Clements narrating The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet due out along with the print book this summer.