Third floor….home furnishings…sorry flashbacks umm Waterstones Piccadilly.
Yesterday I had the good fortune to attend the Epic Fantasy panel at Waterstones Piccadilly. We helped ourselves to wine and seats not to near the front though near enough…we were an eager crowd after all. We waited and then waited some more contemplating our lives, navels, bank balances vs books brought, who lit the first flame (delete as appropriate)
And then…the parting of the red sea aka the author arrived…Let’s introduce them shall we:
Jen Williams: Author of the Cooper Cat Trilogy and new book Ninth Rain. Fierce doodler and flipper of tropes
Ed Cox: Author of the Relic Guild Trilogy. Not so fierce a doodler but has an opinion or three. Time motherflipper…
Nicholas Eames: Author of Kings of the Wyld. New Blood to the panel umm…altar of fantasy?! Turned all the way up to 11…
Rebecca Levene : Author of The Hollow Gods duo soon too be a trio. Can world build like some Tripped out monkeys doing a flat-pack
Mark De Jagar : Author of Infernal and a fave of my fave blogger The Dark Dictator….Gurrl! Questionable Google History.
This event was chaired by Leila aka Dystocalypse. Posing the questions and generally maintaining ordered at this particular corral.
Plus book royalty in the crowd aka Aliette de Bodard and Liz De Jager. Laughs were had, books were brought and questions were asked and answered with a similar ferociousness to Paxman.
Now I am lucky in this life to have a great circle of friends; similar movie tastes, the odd outing to a museum or gallery and plentiful coffee/cake combo brunches but unfortunately they are no sci-fi/fantasy readers! Get a new circle of friends some may shout but no I have learnt to fly solo and with the fab bunch of people in Piccadilly Waterstones Last Night, and I include the authors in this, that was awesome!
I never got into bookselling for the Money; though a bit more money would be nice….It’s more about discovery…finding books, authors, people who agree and challenge you! The relationships we forge. There’s a little big of Ego too when customers come back for more of your recommendations…
…And the icing on this particular cake; well Arcs; advanced reading copies so you can tell others of things to come! Maybe you can be part of forming future trends and opinions.Bloggers and Booksellers alike rip open these packages from publishers with glee. In fact many bloggers record and upload this transaction to let others into this ‘auspicious’ frenzy. These book parcels can be wanted (sometimes unwanted) debuts and continuations, signed by authors and limited editions, books you didn’t know you needed and ones you have been waiting for.
My latest excitement came from the folks of Walker books; who seem to know me too well! Roll up Release; the latest YA novel from Carnegie Award winning Patrick Ness. Now I have followed Patrick’s career since 2009 when I picked up The Knife of Never Letting Go and was blown away by the world created. I devoured that trilogy and others followed. The exquisite writing style and the fully fleshed characters and the tears, oh god, I have cried in public over his words!
Release is a Contemporary YA Gem focusing on Adam Thorne and his attempts at trying to deal with the variety of relationships in his life; his Religious father, his best friend, his old love and his new. Each chapter, As Adam deals with sex, love and heartbreak, another story is lurking in the wings…one that is otherworldly. 300 Pages and it packs one hell of a punch…if you do one thing this year Read Release and live a day as Adam Thorne; maybe you already have…
Release out 4th May 2017; published by Walker Books
Never meet your heroes the old saying says….what about your author heroes? What about those men and women who make you question the world around you, the status quo of things. At the weekend I had such an opportunity when meeting Cory Doctorow; much loved sci-fi author and the latest addtion to the Chocolate box of goodies that is Head Of Zeus’s Sci-Fi List.
I must admit I have only read one of Cory’s works in the past; his debut Down and out in the Magic Kingdom (first published 2003) though I am certainly not a novice to the world of speculative ficiton. I remember loving how this book questioned morality through a world where mortality was no longer an issue…I remember filing it away on an ‘authors I must read more of’ list in my head…a list that develops a mind of its own….
We, publishing folk, myself and a colleague and Cory of course, sat down in a trendy Holborn gaff and spoke of politics, of books, of all the important things and the mental list updated itself…you should read more Cory Doctorow…
Walkaway, Cory’s new novel publishing April, promises more questioning of that world and this, of Utopias and how to cheat death? Basically a damn good time…I think I shall start (again) here….
On the 27th October 2016 we had the good fortune to have Krystal Sutherland on our shores and here in our shop! Krystal, from sunny OZ, was here promoting her debut YA novel Our Chemical Hearts; published by Hotkey Books and available now in store. As one of my fave reads of 2016 it was a pleasure to host an event here with her and invite some like-minded YA nuts to join us!
Talking of like-minded YA nuts; see below the fantastic interview with Krystal; Hot button Q’s and Screentime courtesy of Chris from YA Fictionados.
Events sometimes but rarely fall from the sky… all wondrous like…
Such a thing as this happened last week when I had the good fortune to be invited to sell books for ahem… YA Royalty David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. Over from New York and LA respectively to publicise their new release, ‘Dash and Lily’s 12 days of Christmas’, out now with Egmont.
Signed copies avaliable in store now
It was a chance to meet two authors whose works I have read, laughed and cried at and pretty much fallen in love with… Not only was I to sell books but to sit with them and other like-minded folk to watch a screening of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist; a film and book that truly make you fall in love with New-York!
The event happened at the Genesis Cinema; a site that had provided entertainment (in various guises) since 1885. A beautiful location and a mean cup of Java was thrown in to boot. A fine night was had by all!
Those of you who visited this very website during the last few months might have noticed a certain lack of shazaam and some shortcomings on the kaboom front.
So we’re happy to present our new website! Here, we’ll keep you regularly updated with our events, book reviews and news about the shop. All of these being pretty much the reasons why the word Bookmark was invented.