Monday, May 21, 2012

The Gaithersburg Book Festival feat. The Bloggess!

In case you couldn't tell from my review of her new book, I'm a huge fan of Jenny Lawson. I think she's incredibly funny and yet at the same time speaks with sincerity to the crazy person in each of us. When I heard she was going to be vising Gaithersburg on the second leg of her book tour I knew I had to go - especially when I figured out that it was reachable through public transportation. 

Though I arrived hours before her scheduled time I really recommend the festival to people in the area. It was a beautiful day and the whole set up was fantastic. There were various tents set up for author talks & readings, in addition to the winding rows of publishing houses and smaller authors showcasing their own work. With food trucks on top of that and a park in the middle of a huge children's area, the event was family friendly in the very best way possible.

Now as any good event stalker will tell you, to get a good seat you have to get there early. As in I claimed a seat after the speaker before the speaker before the Bloggess. Yes this means I sat around for 45+min listening to people I had never heard of but hey - when Ms. Lawson walked out (escorted by the first cops I'd seen all day) I didn't have to do anything but sit there and enjoy. 

She started with a reading of Let's Pretend This Never Happened and then moved to a short Q & A session. I would have loved it if she'd been available longer but not only was she was one of the last speakers of the day, her autograph line was EPIC. Very much Dragon*Con proportions, as it went down a hill, wrapped around, and then went back up the hill. (Does anyone else wonder what other authors think when they see this kind of thing? Like are they happy for their peer's success, or jealous that their line had 5 people in it but they still have to sit in the sun for a while?)

I tried to balance both video and pictures so I couldn't get her whole chapter reading. I got a good half of it though and it makes me more than a little interested in purchasing the audio book (and since in general I never want to buy audio books, this says a lot). If you click over to the full video on YouTube I also included the questions (as I mostly remember them) from the Q&A. Happy Monday!