Thursday, May 3, 2012

Veronica Roth reading from somewhere in the middle of INSURGENT
Last night in Cincinnati, a rock-star author visited Joseph Beth Booksellers (our local indie) to a huge crowd.  Kristan, Stephanie, and Sarah were close to the front so we had a pretty good view.  We hadn't been to such a big signing before, and while we think it's great for Veronica Roth (and JB) to have such a turn-out, we kind of prefer the smaller events.  It's awesome to get to interact with the authors and chat.  Big events sort of negate that option.  But the atmosphere was fantastic, and it was great to see lots of teens out in the crowd asking questions.

Look at all these people!  (photo from Joseph Beth's facebook page) Also, if you look far right, halfway up, that's Steph (with the great hair) and Sarah (in the white top)
After reading for fifteen minutes, Veronica answered questions.  We loved her answer about  the factions:  "I think bravery is important.  Fear keeps people from doing good things for each other."  And her philosophy on characters:  "No one is safe.  Ever."  That's bravery indeed!!

Proof that John Green's influence is everywhere:  When Veronica was asked what she's reading right now, she mentioned THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, and the audience cheered and clapped.  She also said she reads a lot of books that aren't out yet, like Leigh Bardugo's SHADOW AND BONE.  (We can't wait for this one too!  Go here and pre-order, get a free map).

We Heart YA: l. to r.  Sarah, Kristan, Stephanie and Veronica Roth!
While we waited to get some books signed and photos taken, we grabbed some dinner at Bronte Cafe, which is right in the bookstore.  They have the BEST food.  So yummy.  Except...would you drink something this green??

The only one brave enough to try the "Dauntless" at Bronte Cafe inside Joseph Beth Booksellers


Heather Sunseri said...

I so wanted to come to that signing!! Looks like it was an incredible show of people!

Unknown said...

@Heather...thanks for commenting! It was fantastic to see so many turn up for an author event. xx

kaye (paper reader) said...

I'm so glad that the majority of you guys had a chance to go. Isn't she amazing? I wish the one in NY had been held at an indie, too; yours looked so informal and cozy and ours (like the GRRM B&N signing I attended) seemed so "do this now, okay, and this now" and vaguely rote. (Not this was Veronica's fault! She was awesome!)

I have some pictures, too, but I'll post them after finals and such. You guys had a really great turnout, better than here! :D

Gah, I love books.

Margot Wood said...

I have to say, as a former Cincinnatian (although I guess I will always be one) I am feeling so much pride not only for my city, books and reading and indie stores. It's great to see so many people from my hometown get so excited for a book, particularly a young adult book! And the icing of this awesome cake is that it was an indie bookstore that hosted the event. KEEP READING CINCINNATI! And thanks to WeHeartYA for the recap!

Jamie said...

This looks like SUCH an awesome event!! I saw her briefly at RT Convention but it was a huge line so it was pretty crazy! Great recap for all of us who didn't get an awesome event with her nearby!

- Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner/Broke and Bookish

Unknown said...

@kaye...hey girl! Still can't get over how young she is. Too cool for school. I wish I had gone to GRRM's signing in Indy. Next time around (in five years or so?!?) Yes, post your pics!!

@margot...thanks so much for commenting! It was a great turnout...I'm proud of Cincy too! JosephBeth is tops!

@jamie...thanks for commenting! yes, it was pretty amazing. I still can't believe it when I look at that picture of the crowd!

Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

Fun!! I would love to go to one of Veronica's signings.

Heather said...

I just found your blog and was enjoying looking through the posts and saw this one. My daughter and I were at that signing, too. (In fact, she found the back of her head in one of your pictures.) It was a great signing!

Unknown said... glad you enjoy the blog! We just found your comment hiding in moderation so sorry it didn't post straight away. It was a fantastic signing and now I keep finding myself looking for people to talk to about INSURGENT. I read faster than the other WHYA girls. :) Thanks for commenting!

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