Monday, October 3, 2011

OC Children's Book Festival 2011

Yesterday was the annual OC Children's Book Festival. I love this book event because it is so close to home for me, and they've had a really great collection of YA authors the past two years.

My first stop of the day was the Keeping It Real panel featuring Lindsey Leavitt, Kirsten Hubbard, Jessi Kirby, and Andrew Smith. (If you aren't reading Andrew Smith's blog, you are really missing out, IMO. In a world of author blogs where everyone feels the need to be positive all the time, Andrew is just honest about his experiences and the state of writing and YA. I so much love reading his outlook on things, even though I'm still too scared to read my signed copy of The Marbury Lens.)
Being a writer and lover of contemp, I knew this would be my favorite panel. And look how attractive and awesome everyone here is! I really enjoyed everything these contemp authors had to say. 

While I was getting my copy of Moonglass signed by Jessi Kirby, the fug girls, Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, read from Spoiled

I wandered around the festival for a bit, then came back to the YA stage to find Kami Garcia reading a little bit from Beautiful Chaos

I had been pretty excited to see and hear Molly Shannon, who apparently has a picture book out, but the main stage was running way behind schedule. She was supposed to be on at 1:20 and she didn't take the stage until close to 2. By that time it was time for the paranormal panel back at the YA stage, so I didn't get to stay every long for Molly, but I did manage to snap this picture. She's so adorable!

I made it back to the YA stage just in time for the paranormal panel featuring Emma Michaels, Inara Scott, Cindy Pon, Gretchen McNeil, and Jeff Mariotte
At one point, Gretchen read the infamous doll shop scene from Possess and creeped us all out. 

Even though there were a few more authors taking the stage, I was melting by this point. I didn't realize how hot it was going to be, and there weren't a lot of shady areas throughout the festival. The tent over the YA stage was pretty small, and there weren't a ton of chairs. I actually went home pretty early in the day to change out of my jeans and t-shirt and into a dress...thank goodness the festival was so close to my house. But by the end of the day I was feeling pretty sweaty and smelly and just ready to go. This is why there are no pictures of me. Heh. 

Now, normally when I go to these things I get a book by each author to get signed, and then I pick up a few extra copies to give away as blog prizes. Well, I put myself on a book buying ban a bit ago, so I didn't buy one single book. This isn't really something to brag about, since I really do like to support the authors when I go to these events. But my budget is very pleased with me for sticking to it and resisting the siren song of new signed books. 

I had a great time seeing all of these great authors and some of my local writing and blogging friends. I always love local author events...and I have another one coming up this week! Yay!


  1. This sounds like so much fun! I'm intrigued by your book buying ban. I don't think I could do it...

  2. Wow! What a great conference! Someday I'll go to one...someday.

  3. Sounds like an awesome time! Good for you!

  4. I love the casual look of this conference. Nothing is better than relaxed authors talking about thier books :)

  5. Sounds fun! I love going to local author events too. (In fact, I'm going to one tonight! ;))

  6. I'm so jealous that all of these events are so close to where you live! We don't get a lot of YA authors up where I am =( Glad you had a great time!