Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Smart Chicks Kick It Comes to EDMONTON! :D #SmartChicksKickIt #ChaptersWestside

Well, I've waited a little while to post about it, but a couple of weeks ago, on September 13th, the Smart Chicks Kick It tour stopped in Edmonton! :D We don't get very many author signings here, so it was extremely exciting...especially having so many come at once! Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Ally Condie, Charles de Lint, Beth Revis, Veronica Roth, and Margaret Stohl were all at our stop! :D

Recently, Kristilyn at Reading in Winter actually started up a directory for Edmonton Book Bloggers, so a bunch of us got together for the event!!! :D A few of us met up back in August, but this was the first time that there were so many of us together at once! :D Nine of us ended up showing up...and then we found out about a few new Edmonton book bloggers while we were there! We were hoping we'd run into a few that we hadn't about yet, so it was great that we actually did! :D
Tammy from Madmusings of a Masters Mind made us badges! Aren't they awesome?!
Edmonton Book Bloggers!
Another EBB picture. This was before Leanne got there though. we are! Right in the front! :D Kristilyn got to Chapters Westside about a half an hour before I did, and since we were there so early, we got seats right in the front. :D

The crowd!
Later in the night, the crowd got even bigger! It ended up being wrapped pretty much throughout the store, and about 750 people showed up! :D It was the biggest turnout for the tour, and hopefully that means publishers will see how many people in Edmonton are interested in author signings! When I went to the Christopher Paolini signing, it was huge, too! :D

The authors! :D I absolutely loved the authors' talk before they started signing. They focused more on general questions, and had trivia questions for prizes. They also had a lightning round with random questions from the audience. My favourite was when the author's were asked their favourite way to kill people...some of the answers were hilarious! haha :D I already had most of the authors' books, and I bought a few new ones for the event, so I got some books signed by all of the authors. :D

Ally Condie! I absolutely loved Matched and Crossed, so it was
really neat to get to meet her! Can't wait for Reached!!! :D
Beth Revis! :D Yay for Across the Universe! I REALLY need to read
A Million Suns, so I'm going to have to get on that! :D
Charles de Lint! Or the Smart "Chuck" as the "Chicks" called him! haha
I haven't read any of his books yet, but I did pick up a couple from
Chapters Westside. I can't wait to read them. :D
Melissa Marr! I really enjoyed her Wicked Lovely series, and Graveminder. :)
I can't wait to read Carnival of Souls! :D
Margaret Stohl! I bought the first three books in the Caster Chronicles for the signing,
and I just read the first one, Beautiful Creatures! So glad I bought them! :D Also, even
though I hadn't read her books yet, it was pretty hard not to notice how hilarious and
fun Margaret is...she's a riot! :D
Veronica Roth!!! Love, love, love her and her books! :D Divergent and Insurgent
are definitely some of my favourites! :D She also made jokes about the third book,
and how the file is actually titled "Detergent" on her laptop! haha
I told her that I can't wait to read it even if it doesn't have a title yet. haha ;D
Kelly Armstrong!!! I absolutely love Kelley's books! I'm super excited for The Rising,
and I'm so glad that I got to chat with her and get some of my books signed.
I didn't get all of them signed (I left at least ten at home :P so hopefully I'll get to meet
her again and get the rest signed ;D), but I did get back in line to get three more of her books signed. :D
I've only ever been to one signing before this, so I was a little awkward trying to make conversation, but I got a bit better as I moved down the line...and I love all of the pictures that I got! They turned out great! Yay for my iPhone having a good camera! :D I also had a really nice girl who worked at Chapters to help me carry and sort out my books for the authors. It was really sweet, and another girl took my pictures! It was going fast, and I didn't get their names, but I'd like to say thank you! :D Who knows...maybe they'll read this! Thank you both! You were awesome! :D

I didn't take pictures of all of my signed books, but I did take a picture of this
one because I loved how cute it was! "Ambur is a...Beautiful Creature ♥". :D
The Smart Chicks Kick It tour was awesome! :D I got a lot of books signed (trust me...they were HEAVY! haha), and had a great time getting to know my fellow bloggers better. Cassay from Vamps, Weres, and Cassay and I got to chat a bunch while we were in line the second time, too. haha We even made friends with the people behind us. :D I just love how easy it is to bond over books! It's such a great feeling! I'm definitely looking forward to getting to meet up with my fellow bloggers in the future! :D

Have you ever been to a book signing before? 
If you got to choose one author (or a few authors if you can't choose :P), who would you want to meet, and why? We can call it your dream signing. ;D


  1. Yaaaay! Better late than never - and it's fun to keep reliving this night through everyone's recap posts on it! I hope too that this awesome turnout gets more authors out this way!

    1. My thoughts exactly! :D I've loved that aspect of it, too! :D Fingers crossed!!!! :D

  2. It was so much fun! I loved meeting everyone and was so overwhelmed by all the awesomeness. Margaret was freaking hilarious. HOpefully more authors come our way after that turnout!

    1. Agreed! It really was! :D Oh yeah...definitely a bit overwhelming! You almost get starstruck! haha She was! :D Hope so! :D

  3. I'm so happy that we were the largest stop! I hope that more authors come to the city now ... it's very exciting! :)

    Thanks for sharing, Ambur!

    1. Me too! :D Beth Revis even said on Twitter and FB that this was the biggest signing she'd ever been to! :D Me too! :D

      You're welcome, and thank you for checking it out! :D

  4. I love looking at other's recap posts, haha. Hopefully more authors will come now that they know of the 750 people who showed up! And Margaret was just hilarious!! I loved her.

  5. I'm glad you had a great time! I'm so sad I didn't know about the EBBD until the day after the signing. I would have liked to meet all of you! I'm excited to meet you and some of the others on Monday!

    1. Ya, it would have been awesome if we could have met you then, but at least some of us with meet you on Monday! :D I'm excited to! See you then! :D

  6. This was my first ever signing and it was just INSANE how many people showed up. I really hope this is just the first major signing event of many to come for Edmonton, like you said. Now that authors and publishers know that we can bring a big crowd, maybe it will be! I had such a good time, even though I was so nervous in front of the authors, too. I have a feeling I am always going to be starstruck when it comes to authors that I worship!


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