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October 16th, 2011

So… Just Kidding About That Post Last Sunday.

by Madeleine Rex

I realize I’m not off to a great start with this whole “posting regularly” thing. However, I’ve returned with some great news!

First, though, is Wordstock. Not that it wasn’t great, but this weekend, I must admit, was much greater. Wordstock was very enjoyable, and I’m always proud of Portlanders when they express their love for books. I could be passing these bookish people on the street and have absolutely no idea! (I’ve just noticed that I’m starting to sound like a fangirl, so perhaps I should move on.)

I’d have to say one of the highlights of the day was an author panel called “Vampires Are So Last Year” with Maggie Stiefvater, Suzanne Young, and Isaac Marion. I cannot sufficiently express how hilarious they were! Not to mention the fact that it’s always interesting to hear authors’ points of view concerning trends (Maggie’s betting on the next big trend being Kraken. Let’s hope she’s right).

Onto the even BIGGER news. I spent Thursday, Friday, and half of yesterday at PNBA – Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Association. They have a conference once a year, and this is the second year I’ve attended. I go with a couple friends of mine (I’m helping them with some techie stuff). It is amazing! I’ve gotten dozens of books to review and promote. You can see a picture of me and my new friends to the right.

Another factor of the conference that’s really enjoyable are the many, many authors that speak. I saw Maggie Stiefvater again (and she was even more hilarious), Christopher Paolini, and a bunch of other authors who were simultaneously witty and prolific. (I can’t even manage to be one of those most of the time.)

While at PNBA on Thursday afternoon, I sat in on a panel titled “Northwest Books for Northwest Readers” and left bursting with excitement to read books written in or set in this region. I have an expanded understanding and appreciation for the literary atmosphere here in the Pacific Northwest and hope to be able to share it with you guys as I review some of these books.

And even if you don’t care about Northwest books (although you should), I have something for else as well: Giveaways! I grabbed multiple copies of a few books that I know people are on the lookout for, such as A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) and Pandemonium (Delirium #2). Check back here in the near future to enter giveaways!

I am thrilled to have been blessed with the opportunities to attend both of these events and meet fantastic booksellers, authors, and publishers. I can honestly say that I look forward to October more than any other month because of the variety of literary events going on (and my birthday, but that isn’t quite as relevant to you guys). And I can’t wait to review all the books! Stay tuned and happy reading!

October 8th, 2011

America is a Story that Never Ends – Wordstock 2011

by Madeleine Rex

The first bookish event of the season! I’m attending Wordstock this weekend. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, I recommend clicking the picture above, which will magically transport you to the Wordstock Festival site.

This will be the third year I’ve gone, and this time I’m taking three of my friends (two of whom have gone before). I was anxiously checking the website in hope that I’d find a list of authors, and though it took a while, the wait was worth it! Among others, a handful of fabulous YA authors will be there, such as Maggie Stiefvater, Mandy Hubbard, Scott Westerfeld, Kimberly Derting, and Lauren Oliver (OH MY GOSH!). I am beyond thrilled and have been jittery with anticipation all week.

I am so grateful that Portland has the bookworm population it does. Without them, we’d have neither Powells nor Wordstock. Wordstock particularly is an event teeming with bibliophiles. It’s held at the Oregon Convention Center in one massive room. Booths are crammed around the five or so stages on which the authors give their presentations. The booths include things like literary magazines, fundraisers, fun bookish crafty stuff that I am obviously not capable of explaining well (for example, my first year they were selling jewelry made of old typewriter keys, and last year there were journals made of old book covers).

Essentially, Wordstock is just the sort of event a wordbird needs. It’s held every October, as are PNBA (which I’ll explain later), Halloween, and my birthday. Isn’t October fantastic?

I’d like to end with the note that I am going to be making a bigger effort to blog regularly. Schoolwork is insane. My homework crushes me like a 12-year-old girl crushes a spider. Except I get crushed over and over again. This blog is still something I love, and I sincerely miss all of you. I hope to keep up with the online book community much better over the coming months. Starting with a post about Wordstock after I get home tomorrow!

Have a great Saturday!