After all the craziness of people buying their books and finding seats settled down, the event began with introductions by everyone of themselves and their books. Since David and Andrea were there for the book they co-wrote, Invisibility, they swapped roles and David was now Andrea, while Andrea was now David, and they chatted a lot about how Invisibility came to be as one another. They had clearly done this before because they were excellent at being one another and it was quite entertaining.
After the intros there was a Q & A session run by one of the BoW employees, followed by the chance for audience questions. We learned new things from everyone during the question period, like:
~ Liz Norris is indeed done the Unraveling series, which is officially a duology (well, + novella). She has something else in the works right now for later on in 2014.
~ David Levithan has a new book due out in August called Two Boys Kissing.
~ Lauren Oliver addressed the multitudes of fan reactions to the end of her Delirium series in Requiem, saying she knew the ending from the beginning and kept it open because she wanted readers to feel like the world was still alive somewhere. She didn't want to shut everything down completely. (This does not mean she'll write more to the series, though).
~ Lauren's next YA book, Panic, is due out in 2014 and sounds like an awesome concept! It's about a dangerous game that high school kids play over the summer and I can't wait to get my hands on it! She also has an adult book coming out in 2014 called Rooms.
~ Andrea Cremer has a very busy year this year with at least three books coming out between now and the end of 2014: Her adult novel, Captive, which is a "very adult" book (not for young eyes, people!) set in the Nightshade world, under the name A.D Robertson; Snakeroot, another YA in the Nightshade world; and a new series she is working on called The Inventor's Secret.
~ Tahereh Mafi talked about how she loves Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein as authors, especially the way they just made up words to suit them. There was also a lot of talk from her about isolation chambers, which made for some interesting comments.
~ Tahereh also confirmed that the third book in the Shatter Me series will indeed have 'something Me' as a title (not literally "something", though) and will have an eye on the cover. No more changes for this series! She is also planning on writing another novella which would come out before book #3.
~ Ransom Riggs is currently editing the Miss Peregrine's sequel, which as of now is titled Hollow City. There is also a Miss Peregrine's graphic novel coming out!
Finally, there was the signing where I got books signed and a couple pictures taken (finally), which was wonderful!
Me with Ransom. Matchy polka-dot twins!
Me with Tahereh. My bf says he apologizes for the awkward photo.
Overall, I'm so glad I went because it was a great panel of authors. There were lots of laughs and lots of people excited to meet everyone, so it was really a good time. Thanks, Books of Wonder and all the authors, for all the fun!