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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Yall Fest 2011 Rewind & Book Haul

So, we totally busted up in the Yall Fest on Saturday and had a great time! All the author panels, and discussions, and information, and book signings…it was so much awesomeness all in one place! If you’re from the South, and missed it, you should def plan to attend next year’s (for I surely hope there is a next year’s to attend!) Authors Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl helped organize the event in conjunction with Blue Bicycle Books and many other sponsors. What a success!

Rebecca, Cana, & I left very early Saturday morning and got back very late that night, but it was worth it! I found new authors to read, new authors to learn more about their works, and have even decided that I’m not longer too scared to try to read Ellen Hopkin’s Crank series after hearing her talk about it.

I was also inspired. No, not to write, but to create my own Yall Fest-inspired blog event. I, of course, having just decided to embark on this journey this very morning, don’t have many details yet, but watch the blog for more info on my untitled Southern Book Tour event (maybe that’s just what it will be called) to feature Southern authors, Southern books, and Southern book bloggers.

Now for the Book Haul…

clip_image003The book I picked up this weekend is The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell. She was so much fun on the panels, and even when she was just in the audience! Hearing her talk about this book was enough to get me to buy it, have it AUTOGRAPHED(!!), and put it on my TBR.  I also got my copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer signed!


It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

Hardcover, 293 pages
Published March 7th 2011 by Harcourt Children's Books
ISBN: 0547482477 (ISBN13: 9780547482477)
original title: The Vespertine
url: http://www.thevespertine.com
series: The Vespertine #1
What awesomeness did you get this week?
Get to reading,


  1. Dude, I just read Crank TWO DAYS AGO. In one sitting. Then I immediately picked up Triangles and read it in one sitting as well. One full day of Ellen Hopkins, and let me tell you, she is no joke. Both books were incredible but hard core.

    You'll love Crank but I'm pretty sure I read it at times as a regular reader but also at times as a parent, too, which was an experience unto itself. I have three other Hopkins books here to read, but I had to take a teeny break from the Crank-ness for a day or two. I'll be hopping back into Glass soon.

    As a Southerner myself, I am ridiculously excited about whatever event you are doing that you are being incredibly vague about. So get to it, please. No, seriously, get started NOW.

  2. The Vespertine looks really cool! Too bad I'm in Texas and not closer to South Carolina, looks like it was a great time!

  3. @Asheley: I'm still getting my thoughts together for the Southern Book Tour idea. Keep a look out on the blog and Twitter

    @Colleen: Yall Fest was AWESOME!

  4. The Vespertine sounds really good I have it on my TBR list as well!

    Xpresso Reads

  5. Great week! The book festival sounds really cool. I enjoyed The Vespertine. Enjoy!
    My IMM


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