Saturday, 26 March 2011

Event Report: Meeting Lauren Oliver!

On Monday, myself and a number of other UK bloggers (far too many to mention) and booksellers wandered off to London to meet the amazing Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall and Delirium. I went with Carla from The Crooked Shelf, and if you want a more detailed account of our adventures, here's her post, with times and everything!

Now, not only did I get to meet Lauren, but I also finally got to meet Kay from Dead Book Darling, who is one of my most favourite bloggers. And she was ace! We met up before the event and went book shopping with Carla and Tara from Hobbitsies. Honestly, book bloggers should NEVER be let loose in Foyles and Forbidden Planet!

After that fun, we all went to meet my good friend Kat from S&S UK, who was my +1 for the event. She loves Lauren too, so it was only right she came! We had food and drinks, then went to the lovely event venue where we met Lauren as soon as we walked in. She was wearing ginormous heels, and I have no idea how she walked in them. But she managed it!

I talked to my Hodder friends for a bit - publicist Leni and Kate, senior editor and the lady responsible for bringing Lauren's books to the UK. Kate... I bow down to you and your impeccable taste! There were drinks and cake for everyone to munch on, which we all did before Kate and Lauren took to the makeshift stage to say a few words. Lauren seems so appreciative of the blogosphere, and I felt so proud to be part of it. She's such a genuinely nice, warm person, and I'm so glad I finally got to meet her after almost 2 years of e-mail chatting!

Lauren then went on to sign everyone's books, posters and postcards, and she had a chat with everyone while doing so. I just got my US copy of Delirium signed, as I already have a signed copy of Before I Fall (thanks for that too, Lauren). Then it was back to more cake and ice-cold Sprite (yum!), while I talked Leni and Kate's ears off some more. A band called Minnie Birch played a set of music too, including their song about Delirium. SO COOL! We also got a Hodder goodie bag with Delirium posters and postcards, and free copies of Lauren's books. Let's just say my mum will soon be enjoying a signed copy of Before I Fall!

Thanks to Leni and Kate and, of course, Lauren herself. It was a brilliant night!

Here are some photos (taken by me and Sarah from Feeling Fictional - thanks Sarah!) and a video that Hodder put together. I'm the person talking right at the end, and yes, I was nervous. Public speaking isn't my thing AT ALL, but I had to do it, didn't I?!

Lots of copies of Delirium!

Delirium poster.

Carla and me.

Lauren signing books.

Minnie Birch.

Carla, Lauren and me. (Thanks to Sarah for this pic!)

Delirium Postcards.

My signed poster.

My signed copy of Delirium.


Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Aww, this looks AMAZING! I wish I could've been there! Thanks for the report - well done, you! :D

Elleira said...

You're so lucky! I haven't read her books yet but I have them both and I'm so excited that I have them, I think I'm going to be a massive Lauren Oliver fan. :)

SusanKMann said...

Wow what a great time. Looks fab x

Kay (Dead Book Darling) said...

Ooh, yay! I am SO GLAD you did a wrap up post!! First off, let me just say that you were fantastic in the video. Thumbs up - super heartfelt - there's a reason they decided to end with you! And, oh dear lord, wasn't the Delirium song just fantastic? I hadn't actually listened to it before, but I've been singing it a work ever since Monday's event!

Also, mad props to Hodder and Lauren Oliver for all the love they gave to book bloggers - that video made me teary eyed and is getting posted on the blog asap.

Loved meeting you, chica, and we SO need to go crazy in Foyles/Forbidden Planet/CAMDEN TOWN again soon!

Lori said...

I'm more than just a little jealous of this! It looks like so much fun and I LOVE those posters and postcards! I'm happy you had a great time!

Cliona said...

I. Am. JEALOUS! The next book I buy WILL be Delirium!

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

This sounds like a great event! I've read Carla & Kay's posts too. Sounds like a lot of fun!

I thought you were great at the end of the vid. Public speaking is not my thing at all either - it terrifies me! So, well done! :)

Cat @ Beyond Books said...

I am super envious of this entire event, it looked fab! All those tea cups in the video just made me ache with jealousy! I love tea parties! ;)

I totally need to come to the UK and stalk you and do event thingies!

Jesse Owen said...

I'm glad you had a fab time :D

The Thirteenth said...

What an amazing way to spend a day of your life :) and you didn't look at all nervous!

Liz. R said...

Looks like you had a great time! The postcards and posters are amazing, so jealous! I've yet to read Delirium, but I'm definitely going to now :).

lisa (the nerd) said...

what a gorgeous video! thank you for sharing your thoughts on meeting LO and the Delirium release!

Jan von Harz said...

What a cool event and the video was lovely. It really is very special when an author and publishers validate the contributions made by the book blogging community.

Carla said...


leanne_luce : YA FOREVER said...

OMG those posters are amazing!! Really pleased you had a wonderful time :D
It sounded INCREDIBLE!!! x

Anna said...

That video is GORGEOUS. And it looks like you had such a great time. Love it!

YA reader said...

Great account of the event - sounds like everyone had a wonderful time.

What a lovely idea of Hodder to put that video together.

Sorilla said...

Impressive!!! Thank you very much for your openness and for being you, Jenny :)