Sunday, 18 October 2015

Recap: Fierce Reads Takes Toronto

For those who missed it, check out my Fierce Reads blog tour post here for a Q/A with this year's featured authors and reviews.

October 17th, 2015 was a day I was highly anticipating! The last time Toronto received a visit from Fierce Reads was back in 2013, when authors Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Gennifer Albin, Emmy Laybourne, and Jessica Brody paid a visit with an incredible Q/A and signing. This year, Leigh Bardugo, once again, joined the Fierce Reads tour for her latest release Six of Crows, along with authors Emma Mills (First & Then), Leila Sales (Tonight the Streets Are Ours) and Josephine Angelini (Firewalker). I was incredibly excited to meet Leigh Bardugo in person again, and hear from the other ladies! With that said, I was pumped to arrive to the venue with books in tow, camera in hand, ready for a phenomenal Q/A and signing event - perhaps the most fun I've had at a bookish event all year! A big thank you to Fierce Reads for sending the authors all this way to meet Canadian book lovers, Chapters/Indigo for arranging the signing and venue,  and for Raincoast books for promoting the event and this month's fierce blog tour.

After a wonderful chat and lunch with Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit, we both made our way over to Indigo Yonge & Eglinton for this year's Fierce Reads event.  I was surprised to find that the line up of early arrivals for the signing was fairly short and that the event space was yet to be set up. With that said, I was glad for the chance to settle down and chat with fellow book readers and bloggers before the author arrivals, especially after devouring a huge strawberry milkshake! (Click here to view a photo of said milkshake.)

Ariel Bissett with authors Leila Sales, Josephine Angelini, Emma Mills and Leigh Bardugo.
This year the Q/A was co-ordinated by Booktuber Ariel Bissett, a wonderful change that was absolutely refreshing.  During the Q/A between Ariel and the Fierce Reads authors, they talked about cover processes, what inspired them to begin writing, how depression/anxiety influenced their writing process, and discussed the importance of including realistic issues. My favourite audience question was from Tiff, who asked the authors what characters from their titles they'd place into another Fierce Reads author's story. Their answers were fun!

Yours truly with authors Emma Mills and Josephine Angelini

Meeting Emma Mills, Josephine Angelini, and Leila Sales for the first time was quite the experience. Along with author Leigh Bardugo, these ladies were incredibly funny, witty, and enthusiastic with attendees.  I had an incredible time at this year's Fierce Reads book tour in Toronto. I'm highly anticipating more from these fierce authors and hope the tour joins Canadians again next year.

My Fierce Reads haul - signed copies of Trial by Fire, Firewalker, First & Then, and Tonight the Streets are Ours. Also included: Signed Fierce Reads poster, bookmarks, and buttons.

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  1. Looks like it was a great time!

  2. Thank you for sharing your experience and photos. I wish I could have been there.

  3. I bet they were absolutely lovely.

  4. I'm "DYING", not literally, to meet Josephine Angelini!

  5. You're so pink I love it!