Books and authors and hobbits, oh my!

Current Theme Song (aka what's playing on my ipod right now): How To Save a Life by The Fray.

The book festival was amazing. Aside from the fact that I felt like an elf wandering through a sea of hobbits (aka adorable little kids clutching Fablehaven books running around), it was incredibly awesome. There was almost NO line for Brandon Sanderson, which makes sense, since this is a book festival for kids and he is famous for his adult stuff. So, I got to talk to him, by myself, for a really long time. Seriously, who gets that chance? I bet that isn't gonna happen as soon as he starts his signings for his Wheel of Time release. (And he's supernice, by the way. And he led the fantasy panel, which was awesome).

Let's see, talked with the infamous Hales (Shannon, husband Dean, and amazingly sweet illustrator Nathan). And I saw the color cover art for Calamity Jack! Oh my gosh! Gorgeous. If you haven't read the graphic novel, Rapunzel's Revenge, do. It's so cool. And Calamity Jack is the sequel coming out this year.

Talked to Brandon Mull for .2 seconds before he was mauled by more hobbits *ahem* I mean kids. But this isn't to brag though, this post is actually to announce which book I got for next month's contest.

It was a tie between Brandon Sanderson and Aprilynne Pike. But since Aprilynne is a debut author, and is now on the NY Times bestseller list (rock on!), I went for a signed copy of Wings. See? Isn't it pretty?

So keep a lookout for it next month!


Unknown said...

LOL @ hobbits!

Also: FYI to all your blog readers....I might have to hunt you down if you enter for a copy of Wings. Cause after all the pub, I for reals want that one. I can't wait for a chance to win it!!!!

(And I am SO JEALOUS that you had such a cool book event where you live! SO JEALOUS!!!)

Alysa Stewart said...

Awesome. I SO wish I could've been there. I tried to convince my sister to go and take notes for me and stuff, but no luck. So thanks for the report!

Heather Zundel said...

Beth - I know! And such adorable hobbits too. I love how read-y Utah is. We really are blessed with not only some amazing events, but some incredible talent too. But at least you got to meet Carrie Ryan! :)

Alysa - thanks. I did get some audio clips from the fantasy panel. I might be able to upload some. Thanks for reminding me!

Steph Su said...

Wait, whaaaat? Book Festival? Where? Why didn't I know about this?!? And you met Shannon Hale??? I'm falling over with awe. Very lucky, you!

Heather Zundel said...

Oh, Steph Su. It was wonderful. And believe it, I know Shannon Hale. Not quite like a close close friend, but she knows me by name and face and had talked to me several times. She is very sweet. It's good to hear you like her. Keep a close eye on my contests. That's all I'll say for now ;)