Last week, April 26th, National Book Store has once again gifted us with a chance to meet some of amazing YA authors in Manila. Who are they? Well, they’re only three New York Times bestselling authors whose books belong to our must-reads and favorites list! We’ve been counting the weeks since NBS announced a few months ago that these three awesome people will grace Filipino YA readers with their presence this summer, and now that we have finally met them, we’d love to share our glorious experience with you.
Mary Ann and I were extremely pumped up to meet Veronica Rossi (author of Under the Never Sky series) for the very first time, as well as Tahereh Mafi (author of Shatter Me series) and Ransom Riggs (author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) who we adored even more when we met them last year (check out this post to see how much fun we’ve had).
We were so excited about the bloggers forum–to which we were invited, thanks NBS!–that we slipped in at the venue just at it opens up at 11 am. An hour later and there they are!
Tahereh answering a blogger's question
The three of them took turns answering questions from PH YA book bloggers for almost an hour. The formal panel ended more quickly than in the previous forums but we still gleaned a lot of information; from their writing to their books and other bookish confessions. I got to say this is one of my favorite parts of meeting these incredible authors!
Each blogger got to ask one author a question. Mine was for Tahereh while Meann prepared her question for Ransom. Here are their answers verbatim:
Other things we learned from Veronica, Tahereh, and Ransom
- If Ransom had to choose a picture to represent his books, he said that it would be the inside of his heart.
- Tahereh already knew who Juliette was going to end up with.
- Veronica Rossi didn't considered Aria and Perry to be just friends.
Even better than the Q&A portion is the signing part, wherein we got to chat with the authors while they sign and put dedications to our books. This is also the time when we catch up with our awesome fellow YA book bloggers. Scroll down for more forum and public signing photos!
VTR signing books and chatting with bloggers
Hazel of Stay Bookish designed the quote-shirts which were worn by many of the bloggers at the forum. The words printed on them are quotes lifted from Veronica, Tahereh, and Ransom's books. Cool huh?
Quote sisters! [Me (Dea) and Jesselle of The Lifelong Bookworm with Ransom]
We then proceed to ask the authors to sign our shirts, which they did so graciously!
I'm never washing this shirt!
Tahereh being her adorable self
Tahereh and Ransom's cosplaying fans showing their support
The passionate Veronica Rossi fans from Under the Never Sky PH
The bloggers with VTR
After the forum, we then went to Glorietta 1 Activity Center for the public signing and 2000 people were already there waiting for the authors when we arrived. This is the signing with the biggest turnout we've ever been to! I admire the dedication of these fans even more when I heard that some of them lined up outside the mall at 1 AM!!
Veronica, Tahereh and Ransom were welcomed with deafening screams of fans
For more pictures during the signing event, visit TRD's album
Here are the books of Dea and Riz signed by Veronica and Tahereh :)
Special thanks to National Book Store for yet another fun and exciting bloggers forum and signing event!
For other signing recaps checkout these sites:
Precious @ Fragments of Life (plus Giveaway)
Hazel @ Stay Bookish (plus Giveaway)
Sab @ Sab The Book Eater