|A bunch of bloggers with Marissa Meyer|
Jenni Elyse's photo, taken by Marissa Meyer's husband, I think
We then went to the main event and learned a little more about Cinder and it's series and that Marissa Meyer's "how I cam to be published" story is really quite the fairy tale. I'm guessing many authors would rather not hear that particular story!
Then we got our books signed. I've since read the first few pages and hope to keep going shortly.
On Saturday the library had what they call the Family Literacy Symposium with the keynote speaker being Haven Kimmel, who wrote A Girl Named Zippy, among other things. So, we (and when I say we, you know I mean Jenny and I... we have become quite the book event attending buddies!) went again. The keynote address was really quite different from what we've become used to. Instead of telling her story, or lecturing about one thing or another, she posed the question of how the publishing industry is changing dramatically due to ereaders, and is this a good thing, and how? And how does an author change with the industry? She genuinely seemed distraught by this question and quite emphatically dissed the ereaders. Then, she opened it up for discussion. Several audience members defended the ereader, and several agreed with the importance of physical books. All in all, it really made me think and I totally enjoyed it.
Here are some of the points/ideas I took note of:
- sales of ebooks out did sales of print books last year
- writers who are in it for the money don't care how their books are published
- she has never seen anyone read their Kindle (or any ereader) for more than a few minutes at a time
- is reading an isolating activity?
- she feels like she knows no serious readers and there's no one to talk books with (she needs to find us bloggers, yes?)
- everything going digital makes her feel like we are becoming a dystopian world
- How will you read when the power goes off? (and thus the battery dies?)
- physical books gives us a sense of sharing our legacy, they show our personality
After that we got our books signed (I bought copy of She Got Up Off the Couch) and then we went to two breakout sessions. One where some of the librarians shared their favorite books of last year, and one where a panel of local authors talked about how they became readers and how do you instill a love of reading in your own family.
The list of favorite books from last year was huge, but I starred a few that I really would love to read, and they are:
Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding from You by Eli Pariser
The local authors we enjoyed listening to were Kristen Chandler, Ann Cannon, Matt Kirby and Chris Crowe. Some of them were read to a lot as little kids. Some not. Some liked being read to, some not. Most of them agreed that you shouldn't force a certain kind of book onto a kid and let them read whatever they want! Anyway, it was interesting hear all their backgrounds and what made them love reading and writing.
Events coming up soon:
-- Brodi Ashton's launch party
-- Rebecca Stead comes to the library
-- Shannon Hale at Barnes and Noble
-- LTUE... if I decide to go... or not