I was lucky enough to be invited to the Books and the City Spring Blogger Evening 2019 and I had a great time.
The invite said there would be five authors doing authors at the event. When we got there we discovered there were actually ten authors there!
First we had just over an hour to mingle and chat to people. There were yummy nibbles and drinks and some amazing cupcakes with pictures of the book covers on them. I had a couple of glasses of Bucks Fizz and chatted to quite a few people. Some of them I knew and some I didn’t. I was pleased to get to speak to so many people and put some faces to names.
The went sat down for the main event (and I knew I’d arrived when there was a big space at the front kept clear with a piece of paper on the floor saying “reserved for Emma Crees”). Five of the authors did a reading from their upcoming book.
First was Iona Grey whose new book The Glittering Hour is being published on 30th May this year. I am so excited to read this book because it sounds so great and I loved her first book, Letters to the Lost so much (it’s one of my favourite ever books). Plus The Glittering Hour is set in one of my favourite periods of recent history.
Alice Peterson read from If You Were Here next. That comes out 22nd August. I had quite a long chat with Alice before the readings and I think this is likely to be an emotional read that makes you think.
Living My Best Life by Claire Frost was the next book featured – it’s published on 23rd July. The sample she read sounded quite fun so I think it will make a good read for a lazy sunny day (should we get sun this year).
Milly Johnson is one of those author’s where you know what you’re going to get but the journey along the way might surprise you. The short sample she read from her new book The Magnificent Mrs Mayhew was full of her trademark humour. I wanted to hear more right now but it’s not released until 7th March.
Finally, Rachel Hore read from The Love Child which is coming in September. I loved the sound of that book and it’s going to be a long wait to read it. Luckily I picked up a couple of her earlier books from the freebie shelf so they will tide me over.
The problem with these readings is that each one of them makes me want to read the book immediately! Even the one that before the reading I would have told you I wasn’t interested in. I mean, it’s hardly a problem but I’m impatient and don’t want to wait!
We were sent home with a lovely goody bag containing samplers of the five books there were readings of and three others whose author was there (new ones from Heidi Swain, Juliet Ashton and Louise Candlish) as well as proofs of new books from Catherine Isaac and Paige Toon. We also got free rein on a freebie shelf and a couple of other treats in our goody bags. It’s safe to say the Books and the City team always spoil us!
After the reading we had the chance to get our samplers signed and Heidi, Juliet, Catherine and Louise joined the top table to sign theirs as well. Author Anstey Harris (whose book The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton was released last month and which I’ve yet to read but have heard great stuff) was also there and we had a bit of a chat.
Then it was time to reluctantly leave and figure out just how I was getting all those freebies back to the hotel. I had an absolutely fantastic time and want to thank SJ and the Books and the City team for another brilliant event.