Back in January, I had the opportunity to meet 2 authors that had quickly made their way to the top of my TBR based on the synopsis and premise of their books/series. So, even though I hadn’t read more than a chapter or two of either of their books, I drove a little over 2 hours one way on a work night to meet Susan Dennard and Elise Kova. And I took a friend who had even less knowledge of these two than I did.
It’s been a couple week since my last signatures spotlight, so this week I thought to feature a mix of official bookplates and my printed bookplates.
I have to admit to not having read Kagawa’s newest dragon series, but I enjoyed her writing style from the Iron Fey series. I picked this up at an ALA conference without realizing that it was signed until I got home!
For this edition of my author signature collection highlights, I have chosen to share some personalizations with inscriptions! Each author wrote some kind of saying that matched the title or spirit of the book.
I sent my copy of Speak with a co-worker to ALA Midwinter last year to collect Laurie Halse Anderson’s signature. Speak is one of the few non-sf/f books in my library to receive this treatment, and it’s because this book spoke to me on a personal level.
Apologies for the gap of author signature posts, but life has been pretty hectic and I, honestly, forgot about this weekly post for a couple of weeks.
Anyway, this week’s theme is Childhood Favorites, where I share with you some of the most prized signatures in my collection from authors that I loved as a kid and still like to re-read occasionally.
As promised, here are some signatures collected from past ARCHONs! It’s always exciting to see who the writer/artist guest of honor will be and then to meet them in person. My earliest favorite author, Tamora Pierce, attended a couple years back. I went to almost every panel she was on and even invited her to my bachelorette party. Unfortunately, although she agreed to make an appearance that night, she was not feeling well. Instead, she sent her assistant with a lovely note apologizing and congratulating me.
Another week to feature some fun author signatures in my collection. Next weekend, I’ll be attending ARCHON 2016 in Collinsville, IL, so part 4 of this series will feature authors that regularly attend the convention. The week after I return will feature newly collected signatures, and the following week will showcase any remaining authors that didn’t fit into those two posts.
So last week, I posted part 1 of my author signature collection. And now here’s part 2!
It has come to my attention that people might want to see & learn about my author signature collection. In the last three years or so, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of my favorite authors, and I’ve been actively contacting others to see if they would be willing to sign bookplates sent via SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope). Some of them already have their own system already in place, but almost half do not. So, I was able to work with those authors to make my own bookplates.
I have already shared a few of these in past posts; however, I haven’t been very diligent. Not sure how many parts there’ll be as I have a rather large collection now, but I think each post will only feature 2-4 authors, pictures of the collected signatures, and the story behind each. So, look out for these posts on Fridays! Here’s part 1 🙂
Earlier this week, I shared my review of A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet during the Spotlight Tour. I had originally received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley, but while my boss was at ALA16, I had her ask if there were any galleys left. Unfortunately, there weren’t any at the conference, but the Sourcebooks rep. took my name and address and said she’d try to send a copy when she got back to the office. Normally, I don’t count on that type of thing because there’s lots of stuff that can happen, BUT look what came in the mail this week!!
It’s absolutely gorgeous ❤ One of the best special galley presentations I have received. Looks like my pre-order is going to find a new home with one of my friends 🙂 This was truly a spectacular book, and I can’t wait until January to read the sequel! Thanks, Sourcebooks Casablanca. And thank you, Alex 🙂