If you follow me on Twitter you have seen my tweets about my adventure to Toronto for the Penguin Teen Tour. It was not only my first time flying but also my first time leaving Atlantic Canada. When I came across the event a month prior, I knew I wanted to take my first adventure to Toronto. It was a great opportunity to not only meet some amazing authors, but it was a chance to hang out and meet some of the incredible people I talk to on a daily basis in the book community.
The authors at this event were April Genevieve Tucholke, Rachel Hawkins, Alwyn Hamilton, Alison Goodman and Sabaa Tahir. I flew in Sunday morning, the signing took place Monday and then I arrived home today ( Tuesday ) at about 10:30am. It was a very busy 3 days but it was completely worth it.
I have to say my favorite part of the signing was the interview session. The ladies answered questions and some even touched on the topic of their books dealing with rape situations. Their responses to it were perfect. It’s violence and it need to be known as violence. I feel we need more people discussing things that are overlooked in society as something that ‘just happens’ when it shouldn’t in the first place. Sabaa talked a lot about her research and where her inspiration came from for her book. She talked about interviewing warriors around her like police officers and soldiers. Warriors come in many different shapes and sizes and I love how she spoke with people around us in our everyday lives.
Thanks to Jamie from Books and Ladders, we got there early and managed to grab seats in the front row. It was nice to be up close to the authors but have so many fellow book lovers around me to talk to. I also learned a thing or two about how to be prepared for a signing. Next time I know to come prepared with post-it notes and a pen to make my books easier for signing.
I want to thank Penguin Teen again for their tote bag I was given at the signing. They knew I was flying out and gave me a little bag of goodies. My flight out to the signing was WELL worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I absolutely plan on flying out for more events in the future, and the idea of Chicago next year is floating around in my mind. Also, A big thank you to Chapters Brampton for such an amazing event. All of the staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming. That’s one of the reasons I love Chapters. <3
The one thing I wish I could have done more of was take selfies and photos with everyone. Next time, there will be more photos!
On top of going to the signing, I made my way into downtown Toronto to see the CN Tower and go to Ripleys Aquarium of Canada. I knew the day of the signing would be long, so I wanted to make sure the day I flew in that I got the chance to venture out into Toronto. It felt good to go the day I arrived and take in some of the most famous spots in Canada. I went to the top of the CN Tower and had the chance to observe the massive city I was a visitor in. The view took my breath away, and it’s certainly something I am going to remember for the rest of my life. I know many people who I talk to have been to so man amazing places around the world and have experienced much more, but this little adventure just made my year. I haven’t had a moment to myself, to step away and travel so this was exactly what I needed.
To everyone I got to hang out with – You guys were the highlight of my trip. It felt so amazing to be welcomed into the community and I had a blast. It felt good to feel so comfortable with everyone. To everyone I saw but didn’t get a chance to chat with, or to anyone I missed completely, I will be back that way again! I totally see myself hanging out with all of you again at future events.