So obviously I’m getting this post up quite late. Sorry about that! But last Saturday, the 7th of September, my dad and I went to Winston Salem to attend the 2013 Bookmarks Festival. There were author speakers and food trucks and chalk to play with on the streets, and it was all really great! But the primary reason I was so excited to go was because that it meant I would meet Leigh Bardugo.
For those of you who don’t know, Leigh Bardugo is the author of The Grisha Trilogy (Shadow & Bone, Siege & Storm, and later next year Ruin & Rising). For those of you who haven’t read these books, you should. The picture featured above is of myself and Leigh, and it was such an honor to be able to meet her and talk with her. She’s a person who is both immensely talented and wonderfully down to Earth. As someone who often finds myself awkward or at a loss for words in many social situations, I felt no anxiety or stress at all in meeting her. Leigh was wonderfully easy to talk to, and so personable as well. I hope that she plans on giving future talks, discussions, Q & A’s and signings in North Carolina – even if I have to bribe my dad into driving me to see her.
She signed both of my books, and gave me a bunch of Grisha Swag as well. You better believe that I’m going to go out and buy more copies of the books so that way I can lend them out to people and say, “READ THIS,” — what, you thought I’d lend them my autographed copies?