Sunday, March 11, 2012

March 10 - Tahereh Mafi Book Signing

It seems like only last month I was writing one of these event posts. ;)

When this stop was first announced, someone made the joke that HarperCollins send the author to BC just for me. Very funny. ;) It's rather well-known on Twitter that I adored Tahereh Mafi's debut novel Shatter Me, so when I heard she'd be coming to BC, I was thrilled. :)

The usual band of BC book bloggers got together (Caitlin, Jenny, me, Mariam, no Alita this time around, and we added Natalie and Mariam's sister and friend) and hovered around the table Tahereh sat at. It was super informal this time around, no chairs, just a quick talk and sign. Which was nice. Tahereh can be such a sweetheart. And she's so cute. :)
So, some questions were asked about the book and the characters. It turns out that Shatter Me isn't the original title, that the book was first shopped as Touching Juliette, but then some questions came up about book 2's title (how weird it would be if book 2 was titled Sniffing Adam or something) and the word 'shatter' comes up a lot. Shatter Me makes sense as a title.
There was some asking how Tahereh was enjoying Vancouver. She rather likes it here, a little rainy but not gloomy is sort of how she put it. :) Her hotel was downtown. Someone told her that the signing was in Burnaby which is like a suburb of Vancouver and she thought she was going to actually be in the suburbs and not in a big bookstore in a big mall.
Then the semi-circle around her got their books signed. :) I'm so jealous of Mariam because they took down the event poster and gave it to her. And then Tahereh doodled all over it. So jealous, Mariam. And yes, it does say that book 2 and 3 are fake-titled Sniffing Adam and Licking Warner. ;)

Afterwards, we totally kidnapped/walked with Tahereh (and her friend who was there with her taking pictures) and had frozen yogurt and talked about books and writing and stuff. I totally plugged Leah Bobet's Above to her. ;)

This event was the least formal I've been to, as well as the smallest, but it was still loads of fun. :) Keep an eye out for Tahereh Mafi this summer at both ALA and ComicCon, and there might be another event post in April (possibly).

And, because it's been a while, go here for something fun. :)


  1. Ahh, so jealous you got to meet Taherah! Sounds like you had a fab time! :)

  2. Sounds like a ton of fun! Tahereh is coming to Austin (where I live) in a couple of weeks and I cannot wait, especially after reading this post! :)


  3. Sounds like you had a great time! Glad it ended up being a really good event.

    That poster is awesome, and I had to laugh at her titles for book 2 and 3. I wonder if Warner tastes good :)

  4. How cool that you got to go and meet her!