Thanks to a text from Literary Treats I heard that there was already a line forming so I took off 30 minutes early from work (I had worked through my lunch so I feel no guilt) and headed over to the Toronto Reference Library where the event was being held in the Appel Salon. I hadn't been to the Reference library and a long time and wow tons of changes -- and obviously more to come.
I was excited to run into some of my blogger pals and made sure I shared some of my cookies with them. I had a separate box for Lindsey to share with Anne Rice (seems she gave most of them to Rice so hopefully they didn't taste like crap). Michele, Wendy, Andrea (nice meeting you), Christa, Rhiannon , Jaclyn and Gwenyth were all there and all very excited to be meeting the Queen of Goth.
The Appel Salon is beautiful and has a fabulous little wine bar where you could pick up a beverage and a treat to enjoy during the event. I was pleasantly surprised by how yummy the wine was, and will have to find out what it was so I can pick up some for the house -- I know it was a Jackson Triggs, but that is all (Have emailed them to find out)
Anne was interviewed by Mary Hynes from CBC who was lively, down to earth and intelligent. Anne discussed how she came to write the book in terms of the inspiration and the writing craft itself. She discussed her love for her facebook fans and how she is there everyday interacting with everyone. I found her discussion of her break from the Catholic Church to be honest and very much respected her reasons why she left. It was also done in a matter of fact, yet tactful way, which I was very much surprised by considering some of her past rants.
"In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian."
I was actually very surprised how fun and down to earth she was and also by how young she looked -- the women has some seriously good skin. She was also very gracious and took the time to talk to people while they had their books signed, and even with that the lined moved along very quickly.
I picked up a copy of The Wolf Gift for my "adopted son" Liam and a copy for me as well. After her talk I am very much excited about reading it, it sounds truly intriguing and unusual. Jenn helped me out by getting some of my old Rice books signed as well (You were allowed 2 back list if you bought a copy of The Wolf Gift - I had bought 4) Thanks so much Random House for getting this in motion, it was a fabulous event. It was also a lot of fun talking to Lindsey Reeder who is always so enthusiastic and funny. Nothing better than having a relaxing glass of wine and interacting with fellow book lovers. Bravo!
|Man, my camera bites!|
|Thanks Lindsey so much for taking this picture|
A Cupcake and a Latte
Cozy Up with a Good Read
Just a Lil' Lost
and the Toronto Public Library's Video of Event