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Girls*Heart* Books: Event: Maggie Stiefvater & Brenna Yovanoff at The Tattered Cover

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Event: Maggie Stiefvater & Brenna Yovanoff at The Tattered Cover

Back in September, I was flicking through The Tattered Cover's website (per usual), when I saw two names that caused mixed emotions (not really, they were both excitement, honestly...); One, was Brenna Yovanoff. I'd been to Brenna's signing in Fort Collins in...autumn of 2010, I believe, when The Replacement had first come out, and I've seen her a couple times at The Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch (although I've never been brave enough to go talk to her--The last thing I need to do is walk up to some random person and freak them out...ha)...and Maggie Stiefvater. Now, I have to admit, I kind of...sat there and stared at the computer for a couple minutes like a dunce, half expecting it to disappear. And when I showed Mel, I'm pretty sure I could've knocked her over with a feather (Mel is a fangirl, yes).

So, yes, those of you who might've been there, I was that girl with two tote bags filled to the brim at the front of the line chatting with Brenna, while my dad (the social butterfly) chatted it up with Satan (more on that later ;P). Do not worry, I got my punishments; as we were leaving the house, I managed to slip on a foot-step-upper-thingy-IknowithasapropernameIcan'tremember!-on-cars and turn my legs a charming shade of black and blue, and nearly twisting my ankle out of joint. So, at least you all know while I was holding up the line, I couldn't feel my legs. Woot pre-Karma...haha. After my Bella Swan moment, we were off!

(yes, it really was that chilly ^)
Now, let me tell you something. No one knows how very girly they are until they are downtown, on a Saturday evening, for the first time. I pride myself in not being a cliche girly-girl, but ugh. I was having issues. I know this sounds really tacky on my part, but I'd never been to The Tattered Cover on Colfax, and.... Okay.. Anyway.

Once I'd gotten in the store, however, there was a sense of calm. This place was huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge! Two whole floors, and if we weren't already running late (you would not believe parking...), I probably would've meandered around (and bought more books, like I really need them). But, as it was, we immediately tumbled down the stairs with my sore ankle, and awaited the signing.
Brenna Yovanoff (left) and Maggie Stiefvater (right)
I can easily believe Brenna and Maggie are critique partners (fact of the day). They were totally comfortable with one another, which made the event all the more enjoyable. They interviewed each other before taking questions from the audience, and Maggie was teasing Brenna good-naturedly for starting every question with, "In The Raven Boys,-". The girls were hilarious.

Maggie [right] showing us the shoe she has been taking on tour 
The girls read "dramatic" scenes from each others books, with Brenna as Gansey from The Raven Boys, and Maggie as Beelezebub ("a role I was born to play," says Maggie) from The Space Between. Maggie gave the audience an option-- They could read from "The Space Between," or they could read from, "Die Blumen des Schmerzes," the German edition.

"You all have to understand, Maggie is fluent in German while I...don't know any German." 
~Brenna Yovanoff

Maggie proceeded to tell us "the part about the bats," with a totally straight face, while everyone in the audience either giggled or died of confusion. For inquiring minds, I was in the in-between.

"'Schl├Ąger' means 'bat,' everyone. There. I've ruined the mystery of it." 
~Maggie Stiefvater

As they continued, Maggie told everyone she was nicknamed "Satan" in college. When an attendee asked the obvious question ("Why?"), Maggie answered honestly: "Well, I think it was because I played the bagpipes at all hours of the night..." ...'nough said, huh, ladies and gentlemen?


What I found to be a fun fact was, while both ladies have previous books out, the two books this signing was for, "The Raven Boys" and "The Space Between," were both books that took them the longest to write.

Needless to say, The Raven Boys and The Space Between have hiked their way to the near top of my reading list, and I can't wait to get started on them. Great signing!

1 comment:

  1. Oh Lana I am so jealous of you right now!!! Glad you had a good time though! And, sorry I sent you a bajillion books to be signed :)

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