I went to Politics & Prose tonight for Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns signing. This book is a collection of fairy and folk tales from her fictional world, from Ravka and beyond. It’s illustrated by Sara Kipin, and from the glimpses I’ve gotten from the inside–I want the illustrations to be a surprise–they’re very beautiful. Have I mentioned on this blog how special Ms Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone trilogy is to me? Well, it is, and she’s one of my two favorite YA authors.
I got there around 45min before the event started to get some of the Grisha-themed food they had at The Den, which is Politics & Prose’s cafe. I had the Through the Woods sangria and the Karina’s Orange Blossom Cake. Both were delicious. While I loved that there were themed alcoholic drinks, the biggest audience was underage, and they only had one non-alcoholic themed drink. They ran out.
There were so many people there, which was actually kind of fun, if not sweaty. Even getting there with plenty of time to spare, the seating was already taken up, and I was kind of toward the back. That was okay though, since I’ve been to a signing with Ms. Bardugo before, and I could hear just fine with the microphones. I think there were some bitter feelings though from others, which I totally get.
I was really happy to see so many teenagers there, since most of the time I only see adult YA fans. Of course, my cynical heart had to eyeroll at a couple of people, but I’ll keep the reasons why to myself. I chatted a little bit with some women around me, and felt good to talk about the characters in the books. Like asking, “Wait, isn’t that where Jesper’s dad is from?” and people knowing who I was talking about was a fairly unique experience. I rarely get to talk books with people because all my reader friends and I read different things.
The talk was really good, and so were a lot of the audience questions. I don’t remember a lot of what was talked about, though. I enjoyed it a lot, though. Although I think I just narrowly missed some spoilers for Crooked Kingdom, which I’m in the middle of reading right now.
Afterwards was the signing. Pre-orders of the book came with tickets for getting the book signed, and I was in the second group.
So I had a really great time. Really enjoyed myself, and now I’m going to see how mad my cat is at me for not being home to feed him AT SIX.