Category: Book and Author Events

ReReading Sarah Dessen | Once and For All Tour Event Recap + Giveaway!

Posted June 22, 2017 in Book and Author Events, Features / 1 Comment
ReReading Sarah Dessen | Once and For All Tour Event Recap + Giveaway!

Most readers and bloggers can agree that Sarah Dessen is the Queen of Contemporary. Her books have been around long before YA was a well-known genre and I remember her books being some of the first I ventured into in middle and high school summers when the YA section at my local library was lacking and I didn’t even really know what a contemporary novel was. Over the past 12+ years I’ve read and loved almost all of her books, and with Once and for All out this Sarah has surely been on everyone’s mind! Lauren from Bookmark Lit and […]


Event Recap | Royal Bastards Launch

Posted June 21, 2017 in Book and Author Events, Features / 0 Comments
Event Recap | Royal Bastards Launch

This month I had the opportunity to return to my favorite independent bookstore, Kepler’s, to celebrate the launch of the new fantasy debut by Andrew Shvarts, Royal Bastards. Pitched as “Game of Thrones meets the Breakfast Club,” it focuses on a teenage group of -you guessed it- royal bastards. Since I consider myself a second-hand Game of Thrones fan (Max is an expert on all things A Song of Ice and Fire) I’m excited to dive into this seemingly accessible YA high fantasy novel! Andrew was in conversation with Tara Sim, author of Timekeeper, and she was a fantastic moderator! […]


YallWest Round 3 | Everything is Better with a Book Squad

YallWest Round 3 | Everything is Better with a Book Squad

YallWest is my FAVORITE weekend of the year, combining books+friends+California (what more can you ask for?) Attending since its inaugural year in 2015, Max and I somehow managed to squeeze in a whirlwind trip admist a very busy work month for the both of us, and it’s safe to say that is was the BEST YallWest we’ve attended yet! As usual, we chose to drive because I’m not about my books getting smashed in the overhead bin of an airplane. So we headed out around 7am (we had intentions to leave at 5am…but you know how that goes). After a […]


Event Recap: Laini Taylor and Jandy Nelson

Posted April 6, 2017 in Book and Author Events, Features / 4 Comments
Event Recap: Laini Taylor and Jandy Nelson

2017 is proving to be absolutely filled with bookish events so far, and March was no exception! I already had the fantastic opportunity to see Jeff and Brittany at Kepler’s in the middle of the month, and returned to Kepler’s again at the end of March to see Jandy Nelson and Laini Taylor (!!!) speak about her new book, Strange the Dreamer. I’ve been a HUGE fan of Laini’s since reading her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (seriously, her writing is the most lyrical prose I’ve come across in YA) and I haven’t had the chance to meet her […]


Event Recap: Jeff Zentner and Brittany Cavallaro

Posted March 21, 2017 in Book and Author Events, Features / 8 Comments
Event Recap: Jeff Zentner and Brittany Cavallaro

When I heard that Jeff Zentner, author of one of my favorite YA contemporary novels, was passing through the Bay Area I knew I had to see him. I’ve gotten to meet so many wonderful West Coast authors over the course of the past 3 years, but it’s always exciting to meet an author who’s stopping by from another part of the country, so I eagerly arrived at Kepler’s 2 hours early to claim my seat and wait for the event to begin. While I haven’t yet read A Study in Charlotte, I had both it and Zentner’s sophomore novel, […]


Welcome, Welcome! | Caraval & The Secret of a Heart Note Launch

Posted February 8, 2017 in Book and Author Events, Events / 11 Comments
Welcome, Welcome! | Caraval & The Secret of a Heart Note Launch

I was so incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to attend the dual launch last week of both Caraval and The Secret of  a Heart Note. While Kepler’s has an amazing line up of visiting authors ahead in 2017, attending a launch is always extra special, getting to see the author jittery with nerves, excitement, and euphoria as their book, often with years of work behind it, finally finds its way into the hands of readers. The dual launch for Caraval and The Secret of a Heart Note was such a genuine celebration, with readers coming to the Bay Area […]


Bloggers and Authors and Brunch, Oh My!

Posted January 23, 2017 in Book and Author Events / 6 Comments
Bloggers and Authors and Brunch, Oh My!

Earlier this month I had the amazing opportunity to meet up with several other Bay Area book bloggers and Bay Area authors at the first ever Bay Area Book Blogger & Author Brunch! An amazing event organized and hosted by Christy and Nancy from Tales of the Ravenous Reader and Not Your Mother’s Book Club (NYMBC), bloggers had the opportunity to network with each other and local authors, as well as have a one on one interview with an author at Santa Clara Books Inc! Now let me tell you, friends, when I started blogging I always assumed that these […]


WayWitch Tour Recap: A January Tradition

Posted January 19, 2017 in Book and Author Events / 5 Comments
WayWitch Tour Recap: A January Tradition

For the second year in a row I’ve been lucky enough to kick off January by seeing Alex Bracken and Susan Dennard on tour promoting their newest books! This year’s WayWitch Tour came on the heels of the release of Wayfarer and Windwitch, the final installment in Alex’s Passenger duology and the second installment in Susan’s Witchlands fantasy series. Seeing these two again was such a pleasure, especially since their energy and friendship is palpable to everyone in the audience. Max and I arrived at Kepler’s around 6:25pm and there was already quite the turnout…we ended up with 4th row […]


Looking Back on 2016’s Bookish Events

Posted January 16, 2017 in Book and Author Events / 6 Comments
Looking Back on 2016’s Bookish Events

2016 may have been a flaming garbage pile of a year in many ways, but it had some bomb author events and book releases! I was so lucky to attend SO many author events over the course of the past year and I thought I’d put a post together to give a quick recap of each! This was my first bookish event of 2016, and it was AMAZING. There was such a good turn out, and Alex and Susan have a really great natural chemistry! I can’t wait to see them again this month! You can read my entire recap […]


YALLWest Round 2: A Quintessentially California Tradition

Posted May 3, 2016 in Book and Author Events, Travel / 6 Comments
YALLWest Round 2: A Quintessentially California Tradition

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that last year I attended the inaugural YALLWest, the exclusively YA California book festival that takes place in Santa Monica every spring (affectionately deemed “Bookchella” least year since it was the same weekend as Coachella). It was my first big “bookish” event with other bloggers, authors, and publishers and I had one of the best weekends of my life. Needless to say, I knew I would be attending the sophomore year of the festival, and found it to be just as amazing, with even more structure, organization, and additions […]