I am always and forever late posting recaps of these events, but hey, something is better than nothing, right?! (Or maybe that’s what I keep telling myself? Haha.)
Anyway! Oklahoma hosted its very first teen book con (festival?!) a few weeks ago, and so of course I was crazy excited! And then even more so when Maggie Stiefvater’s book tour for All the Crooked Saints would stop at the con! Was it possible that I could meet one of my favorite authors for the second time in the same year? The answer was yes! Haha.
This festival was a little bit off the beaten path. It was in Guthrie, OK which is a small town about 40 minutes away from where I live. The con itself took place in the Scottish Rite Temple. It’s a pretty imposing but beautiful building inside and out.
It almost looks as if it shouldn’t belong here but alas! I actually never knew it existed until I saw it was the location of the festival. Crazy, right?! But granted, I don’t travel to Guthrie very often either (there’s a very nice coffee shop there, if I do say so myself).
More pictures of inside the building because I couldn’t resist! One of the members gave me a very brief tour of the large auditorium but none of the pictures I took came out well since I snapped them with my phone. I was also volunteering for the first half of the festival as well, so while I didn’t get to go to many panels, I was able to sneak into the morning keynote with Maggie.
She brought along her bagpipes and played a little tune. She also told the long story about the pitiful white truck she had initially started out the tour in. I didn’t get to sit in any of her panels but the last one, which was the closing keynote with Invictus author, Ryan Graudin.
Epic Reads also had a booth there, so I picked up 2 ARCs, one which is already out and one that isn’t, which is an anthology. I’m usually not a fan of anthologies, but this one has some authors I really enjoy and the theme intrigued me, so I’m excited to dive into it when I get the chance.
What I really love about these book festivals is the amazing advice the writers give. It’s always encouraging and urging us not to give up, but to persevere despite how difficult it may seem. It’s all about finding the right agent for you and perfecting your craft in the process. This helped me decide to dive back into working on my YA fantasy, which is currently on its 6th draft! I’m determined to get a nice, polished manuscript soon! 🙂
One of the things I wish I had taken picture of were the fan copies of the authors’ books. There was a table where fans could sign copies of an author’s book. It was such a neat concept, and I took some time to write a message in All the Crooked Saints. I’ll have to remember to take a picture if this happens again next year!
I now have all of The Raven Cycle signed along with All the Crooked Saints! How exciting! I can’t believe it! Ryan signed Wolf for Wolf and both the finished copy and ARC of Invictus! She was pretty surprised to see the ARC. 🙂
Anyway, it was overall a fun time, especially for the first one, and I’m glad I was able to experience it. I’m really excited to see what next year will bring. And it really makes me all the more excited for the North Texas Teen Book Festival in April of next year. That one is absolutely crazy, so it was fun to go to a low-key one like this festival.