So as some of you may know Pierce Brown the author of the Red Rising Trilogy just released his much anticipated finale, Morning Star. Because of that, he is currently touring North America and the UK to promote it and do signings!
I was lucky enough to have attended his Canadian stop in Toronto last night and would like to recap all the fun myself and fellow book bloggers had!
If this starts to sound rambly, it’s because I was freaking out the whole time. I mean look at this face!
Over the last couple nights I’ve been having trouble sleeping. I’m in denial but I’m pretty sure it was because I was too excited for the book signing (but I won’t admit that). And the day of the event nothing could break my mood.
I finished work around 1:00pm and headed over to Warehouse (a restaurant where everything is $4.95) for lunch with Amanda from Brains, Books, and Brawn. We both ended up getting the same Mac and Cheese with bacon bits. It was delicious! Soon after Shelly from Read.Sleep.Repeat and Patty from BookishWanderLove met up with as we were killing time before the first signing with Pierce at Bakka Phoenix Fantasy/Sci-fi book store!
Turns out he was running a bit late so we made our way from the used book store to Bakka for snacks and chats while we waited for him to arrive. Now anticipation was building and internally I thought I was going to pass out!
If you guys don’t know, I am a huge fan of Pierce Brown. But not only just his books and his writing, but his aesthetically pleasing Instagram, his hilarious interviews on YouTube, and his passions for fantasy and sci-fi!
We also met a fellow blogger Jamie from Books and Ladders. She came all the way from Niagara Falls to meet him! That is dedication. Finally the time arrived and Pierce Brown and the Del Rey representative arrived to Patty’s applause!
At this point I remained stoic and quiet, trying so hard not to squeal as he went around and shook everyone’s hands. This particular signing was a small crowd. There was maybe 10 of us plus the staff of Bakka there.
We chatted about his books, hobbies, interests, and general world issues for an hour. During that time a comment was made about me spreading the word about Red Rising to my fellow bloggers and he touched my knee to thank me. I died…. literally almost died. All eyes were on me at that point. They all wanted to witness my reaction. But I kept my COOL ok? At least on the outside.
Signing time! I whipped out all three of his books + one for Aentee from Read at Midnight and got them all singed and personalized. But that’s not even the best part. If you follow me on twitter, then you’ve already seen the picture but here it is anyway.
This is the single most awesome picture EVER! Don’t ya think?
On a side note he commented on my outfit saying her liked my black attire, and said I could be his honorary little brother. Now my life is complete and I can die happy! But not really because I still have to read Morning Star and his next installment in his sci-fi world!
On his way out we grabbed a quick group selfie and made our way to grand event at Indigo Bay and Bloor!
Now at this point I was quite content. I got to meet him, chat with him, get my books signed, and take a picture! So I was going to the next event for the Q&A and to see the rest of my blogger friends like Joey from Thoughts and Afterthoughts!
The Q&A was hosted by Sam Maggs author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galazy. He answered questions about his books, his writing process, and his future projects in the works such as Iron Gold the first book in his new trilogy + the script for the movie adaptation of Red Rising!
Right after the Q&A he jumped right into a massive book signing for the over 200 guests in attendance! Thank god I already got all my books signed because that line up was real long!
Photos courtesy of Indigo Events Twitter.
In the mean time I met some bloggers I’ve been following for some time now like Giselle from Booknerd Canada and Maria from BigCity Bookworm. I also got to meet Leandra (@LeandraRant) and Danny a Bookstagramer (@thebookorder)!
Over all it was an amazing two events which spawned a great turn out! I am extremely grateful that Pierce Brown came to Toronto and I look forward to meeting him again in the future! Thanks Del Rey, Random House Canada, and Indigo Events!
Sorry for this super long recap, but if you’ve stuck through it until this point, thank you! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
Until next time,