When I heard that Lauren Oliver was coming to Australia, I can’t tell you how much I crossed my fingers and toes that she’d be coming to Brisbane! Thankfully, it paid off, because it was announced Lauren would indeed be coming to Queensland! I took the trip up with my mum and it was a fantastic event co-ordinated by the lovely people at Brisbane Dymocks!
It was a small gathering, which surprised me, but instead of dulling the mood, our small group made the event all the more special! With no more than 20 guests (including Lauren!) we were able to chat comfortably about Lauren and her books, the writing process, the YA genre and all sorts of things! Lauren is incredibly bubbly and chatty and if you ever get the chance to go to one of her events, I highly recommend doing so!
We were mainly there to celebrate the launch of Pandemonium, the second book in the Delirium series, but Lauren also talked about her other books such as Leisl & Po and Before I Fall. We also got some exciting news about her adult book she’s currently writing, as well as another YA realistic fiction. Lauren briefly touched on selling the film rights for Before I Fall, too, which was exciting! It was a kind of backwards author event, too, because Lauren signed the books BEFORE doing the talk! Since I was in the front row, I got to go first! I mentioned to Lauren that I hadn’t read Pandemonium yet, despite LOVING Delirium, because I was waiting for my mum to read it so she could give me a refresher-course before starting book two! Lauren has a brilliant sense of humour and even signed my copy of Pandemonium with a special message (pic at bottom of the post)!
My mum, who has yet to read any of Lauren’s books, also enjoyed the event a whole lot! It just goes to show what a great speaker Lauren Oliver is when talking to her readers. She engages the audience and involves them, and is incredibly easy to approach and talk to! The other readers in the audience were also big fans of hers, so it was a good feeling to be in similar company rather than the ‘packed’ and impersonal atmospheres of some of the bigger events I’ve been to before.
If you’re a reader in Queensland, I also highly recommend going to the Brisbane Dymock’s events. The staff that co-ordinate the events are also readers of the featured author and despite being in the middle of the city and in the middle of an open bookshop, it’s a cosy place to meet your favourite authors and discover new books. I live about two hours away from the city, but making the trip a few times now, I can say it’s definitely worth it! Thanks so much to Lauren AND the Dymocks staff for making this Friday night’s author event very special!!!
‘For Brittany, Make your Mum hurry so you can read -> PANDEMONIUM’