Serena Takes Pasadena Loves YA!
Saturday I had the opportunity to go to Pasadena Loves YA at the Pasadena Public Library, which is a beautiful library by the way. I took one of my best friends with me, and it was her very first book fest/signing thing, so that was exciting. We had a lot of fun!
First thing we did when we got to the area was go to Porto's because we needed fuel and Porto's is amazing. We took a couple sandwiches and potato balls (AMAZING STUFF, FRIENDS) to go for lunch. Then we headed to the library.
We went to Vroman's pop-up store when we got to the library because my friend wanted to buy one of Morgan Matson's books. When we were done paying, we ran into Morgan Matson, and we discussed Porto's potato balls, as one does. And then it was time for the keynote!
|Mary McCoy, author of Dead to Me!|
After her keynote, it was time for the first panel of the day! My friend and I were a bit confused, but we just followed the crowd (up four flights of stairs!) to the space where the panel and signing were taking place.
|Morgan Matson, Sarah Tomp, Brandy Colbert, and Lauren Miller.|
|Sarah Tomp, author of My Best Everything.|
I jumped back in Morgan's line after Sarah signed my book. Morgan's line was the longest of that signing time, but she was one of the two that BFF really wanted to get books signed by. Also, I just love Morgan, and I bought the new SYBG paperback so she'd have something to sign. ALSO, bonus scene! AHHH.
|It's always nice to chat with Morgan.|
|Victoria Aveyard, Alexis Bass, Virgina Boeker, and Kody Keplinger.|
|Myself and Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, among many other books.|
Then we ran back upstairs, so I could jump into Kiersten White's signing line. I just realized this morning that I forgot to have her sign my copy of My True Love Gave to Me, so darn! But YAY, I finally asked her to sign my copy of Illusions of Fate!
|Kiersten White created Finn, who I love dearly.|
And then I ran into Victoria Aveyard outside of the restroom. I asked her for a selfie, but OH NO, my phone died! But then a very nice lady working the event said she could take the picture and text it to me. Which she did!
|This is that photo. Me, Victoria Aveyard, author of Red Queen, and the women's restroom sign.|
|Ava Dellaira, Jennifer Niven, Liz Maccie, and Stephen Chbosky. (!!!)|
They talked about quite a few things, including their hardest scenes to write, what they would change about their books if they would change everything, and how they stayed honest to the tough topics they wrote about. The three ladies said there wasn't really anything they would change about their books, but Stephen said he would have had Charlie cry less and made him less sexually naive. They also talked about TV show obsessions. I appreciate that Jennifer is hardcore Supernatural fam. I can't really remember much more specifics because I was on the verge of tears the whole time and could not take notes. Perks and All the Bright Places are two of my favorite books, so just hearing the authors talk about them and getting emotional about them made me emotional. GAH. SO MANY FEELINGS.
Next was the signing. We ended up towards the back of the line, but it was so worth the hour and fifteenish wait. I met Ava Dellaira and got a copy of Love Letters to the Dead signed. It just might be showing up in an upcoming giveaway *winks*. And then we met Stephen Chbosky who was so cool and nice. I was a bit starstruck. It was easier to talk to him after we told him that one of the books isn't for us, but for a friend who missed the event because of a marching band thing. He offered to film a video for her, and it was amazing.
This is said video. (I hope it plays!)
|Stacie took this picture for us! Thanks, Stacie!|