Can I just talk a little bit about how awesome parts of my job are? Because it’s moments like these that make being an #indigoemployee so incredible.
I mentioned last month in my post about Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give that there was a possibility that I was going to meet her, and this past week I was able to. I also had the opportunity to meet two other wonderfully lovely authors as well, and now I’m really excited to read the stories that they have written. I was able to meet Julie Murphy, the author of Side Effects May Vary, Dumplin’ and Ramona Blue, and I was able to meet Becky Albertalli, the author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, and The Upside of Unrequited.
If there’s one thing that I can say about this ladies is that they are so hilarious and kind. The way that they talked about the stories they have written, it was with so much heart, and then them sitting and listening to how every one who had read their novels loved and felt changed because of them. It was incredible to see that these three ladies who’s stories touched people’s lives have so much humility and kindness and watching how they engaged so well with each person who stepped in front of them. How they each took the time to write a little something in each book, and talk to everyone. I honestly cannot stop talking about how kind these three women are and how I hope that I will be lucky to cross paths with them again in the future.
The night before the big event in my store, us booksellers had the opportunity to sit and listen to a couple members of the Harper Collin’s Canada marketing team talk about all of the books coming out in the next few months (shout out to my friends Kaiti and Cory!) and then for us to listen and interact with these three world changing ladies.
At the end of the night I was given some treats (total perk of the job, and I love it!)
As well as my own personally signed copies of the books by these three lovely ladies!
Then, when I get to work the next evening I get to see everything all set up and waiting for the event to start. There was that little bit of anxiety that comes with waiting to see if people are going to show up for something that you are incredibly excited for.
Abbey, my co-worker and work twin (as well as fellow blogger) was very, very excited to see the turn out as well.
We slowly started to fill up, and I was able to sigh a sigh of relief, knowing that so far it looked like it was going to be a really good turn out. For small little Nova Scotia, having some authors in doesn’t always bring in a huge crowd, but man, this was just the beginning.
When the even started, there was so much excitement, and we all got to sit and listen to these three ladies talk about their books (as well as a little bit about the movies coming out for them as well).
A panorama some of the people who came out to see our special guests, and I can tell you, I was so happy to see such a big turn out. We had to bring out extra chairs, and STILL didn’t have enough space for everyone to have a seat. We had people standing in the aisles, in the back, anywhere that they could sit and listen!
It was also so great to see how engaged and and in sync the authors were together when one was talking.
And we had MC extraordinaire Kaiti asking them questions before opening the floor to others to ask questions.
Then everyone excitedly lined up to spend a few moments to get something signed…
…and take a picture. Honestly, there were so many happy faces leaving the store. Nights were made (including mine!)
It was great seeing each person who came up and share a personal story to these authors that changed their lives and how kind Angie, Julie and Becky were. Honestly, these ladies were rock stars.
It was so great spending the night working an event where it felt like just hanging out with a few cool ladies and talking with each customer who was so happy or excited to be there.
After everyone left, we got to take a photo with these three awesome women, as well as some of my co-workers who were working the night. I love these moments in my job and I love my team.
Now, I get to sit outside with a copy of one of the signed books I haven’t read yet, read it, and always have these memories attached to their stories. (Which, by the way, I’m really enjoying Dumplin’ so far. I’m only like fifteen chapters in and liking it.)
It’s moments like these, genuine interactions with customers, bringing that joy, but also the incredible moments that I wouldn’t get to have if I didn’t work with books. Honestly, I think these two nights were my favourite nights ever working for this company. I’m a little spoiled, and very blessed.