Book Tour Day 4 Report – Part 2 – Hot Miami Bookstore

Wow. WOW. ….. we interrupt this LJ post to point out that the author is pretty much speechless at this point because she is so completely blown away by the Books & Books event tonight. Please bear with her…. Freaking – ohmigah – wow. The world of bookselling changed tonight. Books and Books raised the bar for YA events and proved that if you speak to the condition of teens, they hear you and respond. By combining music and books and an author in a friendly, fun atmosphere, the Event of the Century was pulled off. More than 400 people came. FOUR HUNDRED. Most of them were teenagers. To a bookstore. On a Friday night. Wow. Image and video hosting by TinyPic This was the first of FIVE bands that completely rocked the house. Image and video hosting by TinyPic These are The Corrupters. (See the guy in the Nirvana shirt? He signed his guitar pick for me.) The other bands were Raffa & Ranier, The Skamatics, Three Beef Burrito, and a couple whose name I can’t find in my notes. And DJ Brian Brooks spun music (from the TWISTED playlist, thank you very much) in between sets. Image and video hosting by TinyPic Did I mention the 400 people? They came to dance, to chat, to eat free pizza, to win raffle prizes, to hang out with me, and to be a part of a rocking night. Image and video hosting by TinyPic The music was very good and very loud. Many parents sought refuge in the cafe. Image and video hosting by TinyPic This is Mitchell Kaplan, who owns the store. Image and video hosting by TinyPic About 125 people squeezed in to hear my talk, which took place while the bands were trading places. Approximately one billion books were sold. Maybe not quite that many. But close. And a couple hundred teens saw a bookstore as a great place, and a whole bunch of families affirmed reading as a priority. Countless teachers heard me thank them for using contemporary YA novels in the classroom. I don’t know how much pizza was scarfed. I did not dare brave the starving hoards. Wow. Thank you Emily, Cliff, and Mitch for simple everything, and thank you Miami for a day I will never forget. Tomorrow’s events: Wake up too early. Go to airport. Get on plane. The right plane. Fly to Ohio. Meet the author schlepper du jour. 12:00PM Signing at Blue Marble Bookstore 1356 S. Ft. Thomas Avenue Ft. Thomas, KY 41075 859-781-0602 3:00PM Signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers 2692 Madison Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-731-7770 5:30 PM Stock Signing at Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore 3054 Madison Rd Cincinnati, OH 45209 LATE BULLETIN!!!! It’s going to be Georgetown against UNC on Sunday for the East Championship!!
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22 Comments

  1. Posted March 24, 2007 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Wow! What an amazing event! I hope lots of bookstores are paying attention.

  2. Posted March 24, 2007 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    HOLY WOW! That looks fantastic!

    YAY FOR GREAT BOOKSTORES!

  3. Anonymous
    Posted March 24, 2007 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Books and Books sounds amazing! It’s funny how obvious the teens/music/books/food combo sounds…it just takes someone to do it.

    Get lotsa rest. But keep us posted!

    - Jay

    http://www.DiscoMermaids.blogspot.com

  4. Posted March 24, 2007 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    Wow is right! How can anyone not say WOW when looking at those pics and reading all about that amazing event? Thanks for sharing!!!!

  5. Posted March 24, 2007 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Sorry I missed it. My friend I was going to go with got a migraine. B&B is a great store.

  6. Posted March 24, 2007 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    sounds like a wonderful night! thanks for sharing.

  7. Posted March 24, 2007 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    congratulations. you come close to, if not beat, the Harry Potter crowds at BN around here :)

    and also just throwing this out there…UNC has got it in the bag :D

    cheers!

  8. Posted March 24, 2007 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    It doesn’t look like you have much time, but if you get the chance try to eat at First Watch by Joseph-Beth Booksellers. It is fantabulous!

  9. Posted March 24, 2007 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    That sounds so fabulous! I really hope to be a part of that amazing writer’s community :)

  10. Posted March 25, 2007 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    That sounds just awesome!

    So, should I have someone texting me updates to the Georgetown/UNC game tomorrow night when I meet you?

    And can I just say GO BUCKS!

    • Posted March 25, 2007 at 1:28 am | Permalink

      Could you? That would be awesome! That’s how I found out Georgetown won – Frankie had internet on his phone and showed me the score.

      Thank you!

  11. Anonymous
    Posted March 25, 2007 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    WOW! That’s amazing. Wish that every bookstore in America would try an event like this one!

    Have a safe, fun, productive, and FAB book tour!

    xoxo
    Linda Oatman High

  12. Posted March 25, 2007 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    THAT IS AMAZING. :x

  13. Posted March 25, 2007 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    I read TWISTED—-

    Its surprisingly funny throughout the book-(“-offer to wash the car with your tongue.” page 45 FUNNY stuff!)
    Its very gripping the further along the reader goes-
    Its very much like a James Patterson book with short chapters–like reading potato chips.
    (I love potato chips!)
    Great, great book!! I enjoyed it very much!
    Enjoy the tour!

    One tiny little anal-ish note—let the publisher know the “t” is missing from the word FORGE(T) halfway down on page 135 (for the paperback version)

    • Posted March 25, 2007 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for catching the typo. If you have a “paperback” version then you have an Advanced Reading Copy. I’ll check to see if we fixed it for the hardcover.

      • Posted March 25, 2007 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

        Oh no- I bought the Twisted HARDCOVER!

        I do get ARC’s on occassion but I try to support authors (like yourself) I really like and buy the hardcovers!

        • Posted March 25, 2007 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

          so, to confirm- the typo is IN the hardcover version!

          • Posted March 25, 2007 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

            :::grinning::::

            Cool. Thanks!

          • Posted March 25, 2007 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

            NOT a typo

            That passage is NOT a typo. Mr. Salvatore is telling Ty not to “forge” his parents’ signatures, which is the correct word.

            I did, however, find an honest-to-god typo on page 5, where Ty says, “Meet my father: Corporate Tool. He’d always been a hardass, but since his promotiwon, he’d dialed it up.”

            (No, I didn’t miss that one. In draft 9 that I edited last Memorial Day, it was spelled correctly. I still have it on my laptop.)

            There’s also a missing space near the bottom of page 8, between P.M. and the next quote mark (probably introduced by the typesetter when they converted p.m. to smallcaps), but now I’M really getting anal…

            Greg

          • Posted March 26, 2007 at 12:54 am | Permalink

            Re: NOT a typo

            ooooooooooooooopps

            Aww heck its STILL a great book start to finish even if I can’t reed! (snort)

  14. Posted March 25, 2007 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    What an awesome event!!!!! Enjoy the rest of your tour!

  15. Anonymous
    Posted March 27, 2007 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    Books and Books event

    Laurie,
    You told me about the event today during one of your signings. The pictures are way cool! This does take book tours to a new level. When you organize your next book tour may I roadie? Will work for reading material. I Love Twisted! You are the “VOG” (Voice of a Generation). Keep it up.

    JD Road Warrior

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