On 23rd April I was lucky enough to find myself surrounded by famous people – the staff at Waterstone’s High Street Birmingham. Seriously, they’re Stars! I’m not the easiest of Customer to deal with and the boys and girls at this book store were up for the challenge as I sipped a chilled Mocha at their in house Costa feeling like a real life Writer, with a capital ‘W’.
Me (your Terror Tree Rep), Award Winner Lauren and that dodgy bloke in the corner Ian Whates.
But enough about me! The real reason I visited Waterstone’s that bright sunny afternoon was to attend the Angry Robot Books Mega Signing. And what a line up! It was well worth attending with Arthur C Clarke award winner Lauren Beukes for Zoo City in attendance along with other stalwarts Ian Whates, Aliette de Bodard, Andy Remic, Dan Abnett – and delightfully sweet Steampunk aficionado Lavie Tidhar for starters.
I got to receive a wonderful hug from the always affable Thomas Blackthorne a.k.a John Meaney, prolific author of novels such as Bone Song and a wholesome cuddly being.
If you want to know more about John, feel free to pop along to
Birmingham SF Group.
John is visiting author on Fri 13th May and Guest of Honour at Novacon 41. It will be held in Nottingham 11th – 13th November 2011.
Amidst all of the fun, rushed lunches and amiable discussion, there was time for a little intellectual conversation (about mutual friends made at Altfiction Literary Festival last year) and the worthiness or lack thereof, of the emerging electronic book formats such as Kindle. It was time well spent and it’s clear that both Angry Robot and Waterstone’s value their readers and Customers.
Andy Remic and I engaged in intellectual discussion. Not remotely posed, honestly!
Angry Robot Soldier & Book Lover, Theresa Derwin