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Tuesday, April 26th, I made the drive out to Princeton (no flat tires this time, fortunately), to attend the launch party of Megan McCafferty's Bumped. I arrived about a half hour before the scheduled start time (just enough time to hit the ladies room and purchase my books), and as I was settling in, a woman leaned over and asked, "Are you Christi?" To which I replied, "Are you Kristie?" It was my cosmic twin, Kristie from Text and Java! I was so excited to finally meet her. She's a fellow librarian in NJ and attending NJLA next week (and BEA later in the month), so we're going to have lots of opportunities to network!
Soon enough Megan McCafferty was announced!
(Not the best shot, I know, but apparently this girl with the pigtails had been waiting all day for Megan.)
She began by discussing where her inspiration for Bumped came from, and how she envisioned the book as a satire more than a science fiction novel. She then read a few pages from the middle of the book--and can I just say how much I loved hearing her read? The voices she took on for the characters were exactly the way I imagined they would be!
After the reading she took a few questions and then we all lined up to get our books signed. I'd say there were about 2 dozen people in attendance.
(me and Megan)
(Me, Megan, and Cosmic Twin Kristie)
As Kristie and I waited in line, another girl came up to me. It was Steph from Steph Su Reads! I'd commented on a post of hers, saying I'd be at the launch, and she heard my name while I was in line. She invited Kristie and I out with her and a few other bloggers in attendance. Kristie needed to get home, but I went out to dinner with Steph and her friends. I had a great time meeting new people and talking about books.
All in all it was a great evening!
Enjoy your reading!Christi