Thursday, May 14, 2009

Melissa Marr at Village Books

Village Books is an independent bookstore in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington. Three floors of book bliss—impressive YA and Speculative sections, which are usually the stumbling point of the other indies I've been to—as well as a cafe on the top floor with yummy food, amazing deserts and a fantastic view.

Melissa Marr is the NYT Bestselling author of Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, Fragile Eternity and The Desert Tales manga from TOKYOPOP.

I'd met Melissa once before, but that was a stock signing and this was an actual event. Melissa, however, is informality at its most gracious, and ran the event as an open Q&A. Which led to everything from a sidebar on her favored fan pairings from Buffy to reaffirmation that it is possible to get published and make a living doing it.

Melissa also had Fragile Eternity wristbands that doubled as flashdrives filled with goodies... My mother caught the first one and my friend Nikki caught two others. (I passed one of them off to someone behind us.) I'll be passing the goods off to the fansite, but we have to wait until after the Summer Solstice to post any of the drive treats.

When we got our books signed, Melissa let us reached into a Bowen Press bag and pull out a court band. These bands, which show your court affiliation, were inspired by the Rathers over at—and I can assure you, lovelies, they are very, very cool. I pulled a Winter Court one and took a High Court one. Nikki took one of each court, but left the orange Solitary one.

This is really insufficient in explaining how amazing and inspiring it was to attend Melissa's event, and I'm sorry about that. Village Books and Melissa were extremely cool about staying afterwards to talk, which was good because I wanted to ask about Rachel Vincent's YA series and that led to a little bit of a Rachel's awesome and yes, she really is. I also found out that Melissa and I shared an editor at TOKYOPOP—the fabulous Jenna Winterberg, who edited The Wild Hunt and Volume 2 of Melissa's Desert Tales manga. Plus, it's always great to meet a fellow Joss fan and share in the hope that we'll get our second season of Dollhouse.

Maybe the best part, however, was knowing that my mother got our copy of Fragile Eternity signed—and got to meet her favorite author in person.


Sarah K said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun!

On a side note, I picked up a Colophon Cafe recipe book from a thrift store a few months ago because it sounded interesting. Neat!

That Girl said...

Sounds like fun... and what a cool looking bookstore :D (Also, phone box FTW.)

Ethanael said...

There was an orange Solitary armband. I like orange. I am solitary. You didn't get it for me.


Leigh said...

What a great event! Sounds like you had an ideal time. I love hearing Melissa is so accessible and cool - makes me feel doubly good for liking her books as much as I do!

Rachel said...

Holy Fuck! At Village BOOKS?!?!?! REALLLY!?!?! Man, leave a small town for a while, and see what happens?

Chandra Rooney said...

YES! Melissa Marr in your hometown!