Who else misses in-person book events?
There are a lot of things I miss right now because of coronavirus: movie theaters, concerts, eating at restaurants, traveling. Up there on the list, though, is going to events where I get to hear my favorite authors speak and then stand nervously in line until I can meet them, babble on for a few seconds about how much I love their books, get my copies signed, and then treasure those books for the rest of my life.
Even though I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of my favorite authors in person, there are so many more that I would love to meet. So while I’m here daydreaming about the day that I can go to in-person events again, here are ten of the authors that I hope I can someday meet in person!
Hey, you know what makes me want to scream? The fact that Alice Oseman was scheduled to do events in New York last spring right after I was supposed to move to New York, and thanks to COVID neither of those things happened. 🙃
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you probably already know how much I love Alice Oseman’s books. I’ve read all of them, most at least twice, and several have helped get me through some pretty tough times. I feel like if I met her, I would be a mess trying to express all of this, but it would be amazing anyway.
Sometimes I think about the fact that Nina LaCour follows me on Twitter and then I have to stop thinking about it because she probably sees some of the dumb things I tweet and I don’t know if I can handle that.
But anyways, Nina LaCour has become one of my favorite authors in recent years. Not only are her books absolutely beautiful, but her writing podcast, Keeping a Notebook, is so inspiring and always puts me in the mood to write. Meeting her and being able to tell her all of this in person would be amazing!
What’s wild is that I’ve actually been in the same room as Rick Riordan, close enough to hear his voice (when I worked at BookExpo in 2018), but I never actually got the chance to meet him myself. Since he shaped my childhood in a significant way with the Percy Jackson books, I would love to be able to tell him that. Plus, he just seems like a nice and cool dude!
It blows me away that Tillie Walden is only about a year older than me, because she’s written so many incredible graphic novels. I’ve never met someone who I admire so much who’s practically the same age as me, so if I ever met her I would probably have no idea what to say. (But then, that’s the case pretty much any time I meet an author I like.)
Erin Morgenstern actually had an event in my area last year but it happened to be at exactly the same time as a Casey McQuiston event, so I had to choose between the two. I don’t regret my choice, but I’m still sad I missed the opportunity to meet Erin Morgenstern. Hopefully next time she has a book, she’ll have another event near me (though that could be years from now).
Anyway, I’d love to tell her how much The Starless Sea meant to me, and also that we have the same birthday. I swear I’m not creepy.
my review: The Starless Sea
Justina Ireland has been an author that I admire ever since I first picked up Dread Nation. The main character, Jane McKeene, is one of my all time favorite characters, so I’d love to be able to tell her this myself. Also, she frequently posts terrible-amazing jokes on Twitter, which makes me think our senses of humor would get along well.
Once again with the really young and impressive authors whose accomplishments make me feel like I’m not doing enough with my life! I still haven’t read all of Samantha Shannon’s books, but Priory is one of my favorite fantasy books and I’m looking forward to continuing the Bone Season books. Based on the imaginativeness of her books, she seems like such a smart and interesting person to talk to!
Given that Graceling is one of my favorite books of all time, and I’ve also loved every single one of Kristin Cashore’s other books, it makes sense that I’d want to meet her and tell her all of this in person. I was hopeful for a while that we might be able to have in-person book events by the time her next book, Winterkeep, comes out, but now it’s looking like that won’t be the case. Still, someday….
my reviews: Jane, Unlimited
I still haven’t read all of Elizabeth Acevedo’s books, but the ones that I have read blew me away. More than anything, I’d just really love to hear her speak in person. I’ve listened to her books on audio and she has such a calming voice, not to mention that her way with words is absolutely beautiful. She’s one of those authors who’s so smart that I’d have no idea what to say to her, but it would be incredible to meet her nonetheless.
Alix E. Harrow
Again, if you’ve been following along with my reading this year, you’ve probably witnessed my descent into obsession with Alix E. Harrow’s writing. Both of her books became instant favorites, so getting to meet her myself would be a dream! I have no idea what her next book will be, but I’m sure I’ll love it too, and hopefully by the time it comes out it will be safe to have in-person events again. 🤞
What do you think of my list? Which authors would you like to meet? Do you miss in-person book events too?