NYC ADVENTURES: Meeting Leigh Bardugo at the Strand Bookstore!

kos.jpgHappy Thursday! The weather is crazy in New York, and I am so thankful I don’t have classes today. I finished King of Scars a little over eight hours ago, and I feel broken! Review post can be found here, but before that, I’d like to talk to you about the event I went to two days ago: Leigh’s signing!

As I said in my blog post last Tuesday, I had three back-to-back classes that day. I actually woke up pretty late (exact time my first class started) and had to rush, and I got in the classroom thirty minutes after the starting time. Needless to say, it was a pretty awkward walk of shame, but I made up for it by reciting a lot since I did do the reading at 2am the day of!

After that English class, I had Mandarin and Medieval History. Both classes went by pretty slowly, and very often I found myself reading King of Scars in the middle of class. Once we were dismissed at 4pm, I grabbed my bag, ran to the subway station, and took the N to Union Square. I got to the Strand pretty early (literally two and a half hours before the signing) and the line had about 20-30 people already. I would’ve taken a picture, but it was raining pretty badly too.

I made a friend in line (Hi Bethany, if you’re reading this, we never took a photo together), and she told me she’s one of those roleplayer blogs on Tumblr for Six of Crows. She loves Kaz Brekker (I mean, who doesn’t?), and she would also die for Nikolai, like me. We had a lot of things in common, and we spent two hours in line just chatting away! I also met up with my roommate, and one of my friends, who I previously attended Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves and Shannon Chakraborty’s Kingdom of Copper launches with.

Once the line started moving, we went crazy. We were the second batch allowed in the store, and inside the Strand, there were four stations for the fan meet-up: a raffle contest for Grisha candles, a Trivia area, Photobooth stand, and the Passport claiming. We got one of everything, and I chose very specific pins I wanted!

The Grishaverse Passport with the Sun Summoner & Darkling Pins given at the King of Scars tour

After we claimed all of these, we were pretty quick at securing our spot in the signing. We were at the fifth row from the front, and we pretty much became friends with everyone around us! We spoke about how Alina deserved so much more than M*l, and how Nikolai was truly the best boy ever. Then, a few minutes later, Queen Leigh herself came out!

My copy of King of Scars with the HappyHelloCo’s Nikolai bookmark at Leigh’s signing!

Her Q&A was pretty hilarious. She chose not to have a conversation with a host, but instead have her readers put questions in a bowl and randomly picking them out. She’d also call some people from the crowd! Completely unexpected, but she read out “Kaitlyn aka Sturmhond on Tumblr” twice, and needless to say, I was pretty starstruck. I asked her if Kaz would ever be Asian or if Inej would be cast as a dark-skinned Indian on screen, and she mentioned that the show would be a lot more diverse than the books originally were. She also answered my question on Ninth House and gave a brief summary of what we could expect!

Other questions went by pretty quickly. “Did you have a different ending in mind for the Darkling?” Nope, he was always meant to bite it. Next! “Was it difficult getting into Nikolai’s POV?” Nope, it felt natural. He was meant to die in Siege & Storm and I was gonna have Alina framed for his murder. And the best of them all…”What are the chances of a third Six of Crows book?” To which she says: If you guys are still here with me after a few years, I’d be totally open to a third book! 

Once the Q&A portion was over, it was time for the signing. It was grouped by section, and while I was waiting for my number to be called, I went ahead and spoke with some of the people who work with Macmillan and others who worked for firms like Bloomsbury and Random House. I love the passion present in every person’s voice when they talk about working in an industry that fosters creativity, and I hope someday I’ll be able to find myself there too!

And then it was my turn for the signing! I went up to Leigh with four books in my hands (only three are allowed) and told her, “Hey, it’s Kait aka sturmhond on Tumblr!“, and that a reader from the Philippines who loves her books. I explained how I wanted a future career in publishing because of her books, and that’s why I moved to New York. She squealed and blushed, and she signed my extra book and personalized them all with little scribbles like “No mourners, no funerals” and “Impossible. Improbable” since I told her my favorite character was Nikolai. I also showed her some of my Tumblr edits, and she told me she’d shown some of them to Eric Heisserer, the writer of the Shadow & Bone Netflix adaptation! This was an especially meaningful experience to me since she asked me to hug her and she basically crushed me to her chest. I felt extremely thankful and grateful that day!

After the signing, the staff gave each of us crown-shaped cookies with the words “Feed Your Demons” on them, and boy did I feed mine! They tasted great, and I even stole my roommate’s share.

The King of Scars signing and launch party was one of the more intense author events I’ve ever been to! There were little kids dressed in Keftas, grown men with King of Scars shirts, and passionate people all around. It was definitely a once in a lifetime experience, and I treasured every single moment of it!

Have you guys been to a book signing? Which author was it, and how did your experience go? Let me know in the comments below!

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12 thoughts on “NYC ADVENTURES: Meeting Leigh Bardugo at the Strand Bookstore!

  1. Sounds like you had a really great day! Unfortunately the book signings I went to were a bit boring. The Marissa Meyer event was actually pretty good, but Hayley Barker session was super super boring. It was just a line, there were like 30 people in it and that’s it. No extra activities or Q&A. Actually this was a really original way of doing a Q&A. I’m glad you had a great time!

    1. I’ve always wanted to go to an event with Marissa Meyer! I really like the way she writes, especially with Archenemies and Cress. But it’s so sad to hear about the other author though. I’m sure you’ll get to go a great one soon!

  2. Oh wow! I’m so excited for you, that all just seems completely amazing! Congratulations on going to a great book signing!!

    1. Thank you so much! It was definitely a great event.

  3. It was definitely fun and better then most signings! It is Queen Bardugo here. Lucky you were able to get there so early. I had work and was only able to get there 45 mins early! 😤 I spotted you when we got in. I’m one of those later birds who just started geting into her books. I literally stayed up till 2:30AM finishing Six of Crows and almost died at the ending! Argh! Inej!!

    1. Hey, you didn’t say hi! I remember us talking during Holly Black’s signing. How was the line on your end? i think I got there a little too early 😅

  4. Omg this all sounds amazing! I’m going to her event on Tuesday and I’m super excited, even more so after reading your post! 🙂

    1. Have fun, Kaylee! Grab a lot of the pins (and cookies), they’re so worth it!!!!!!

  5. Aaaaah that sounds like an awesome day Kaitlyn! I really want to meet Leigh one day and get the SoC duology signed cause wow, they own my heart. I’ve been to author events for Rachel Caine, E Lockhart, Victoria Aveyard and Tomi Adeyemi and I adore them all. Though we don’t have any extra activities, the author and host usually have a chat for about an hour or so and for Victoria and Tomi they were both super fun chats.

    I’m so glad you enjoyed your signing!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I’ve been wanting to go to an event with Tomi Adeyemi, but it’s somehow never the right time. I hope you get your books signed by Leigh soon! *hugs*

  6. Leigh Bardugo sounds like she has an excellent personality. This sounds like a wonderful event!

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