Monday, February 6, 2012

Midnight in Austenland Launch Party

On Saturday I was able to go to one of my favorite places, The King's English Bookshop, and hear one of my favorite authors, Shannon Hale, speak about her new book Midnight in Austenland (see my review here). It was a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon! 

The event started with Shannon talking about writing Midnight in Austenland. She said she had never planned on writing a sequel to Austenland but when she was working on the script for the Austenland movie adaptation she was inspired to continue the story.

Shannon then answered questions from the audience about what inspires her to write (usually a story she's heard that she has more questions about), about writer's block (allow yourself to write crap), the status of the Austenland movie (it's still in post-production and still doesn't have a release date), and about writing now that she has four children (a babysitter 15 hours a week). 

One of the questions was about Shannon's blog post about young adult literature-
(I highly recommend reading the post that prompted the question- you can find it here. You should also read the guest blog she talks about- you can read that here.) 

After the Q&A Shannon explained that they had several activities planned to keep people entertained while they were waiting to get their books signed. One of the activities was a murder mystery. Whoever solved the mystery would receive a Ricky Whittle calendar. Ricky plays Captain George East in the Austenland movie. 
After Shannon told us about poor Ricky's inability to be photographed with a shirt on she then told us a hysterical story about Ricky from the set of Austenland. 

After the story we were introduced to the players in the murder mystery. I didn't stay long enough to learn who killed poor John Dope. I hope his killer was held accountable.

Then Shannon headed to the signing table where she signed a massive amount of  books. I really hope she got a hand massage afterwards.

I picked up an extra autographed copy of Midnight in Austenland to give away. To enter all you have to do is tell me which literary world you would take a vacation to. Would it be Austenland or somewhere else? For me it would either be Austenland, Harry Potter's Wizarding World or Anne's Prince Edward Island. A winner will be randomly chosen on Saturday, February 11th. Make sure you leave an email address in your comment so that I can contact you if you the winner.

I'll leave you with this lovely image-
King's English certainly knows how to entertain a crowd ;)


heather said...

Oh Mr Darcy...

Sounds like you had a great time!!


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friend said...

I'd need a wand and a ticket on the Hogwarts express to make my book fantasy come true. Cant wait to read Shannon s newest book :)

madamlibrarian73 said...

Easy...I would NEED to go to Elizabeth Bennett's home right before she goes to the ball to meet Mr. Darcy. Then, I would kidnap her and go to the ball myself, as her. And live happily ever after with the heartthrob that is Mr. Darcy.

Overlook Building said...

Hmmm this is a tricky one! I would love to visit Austenland but there is a part of me that would love to visit Hex Hall as well.

Thanks for the give away.

Laura said...

That is a really difficult question. There are so many "worlds" I would like to visit. I like you ideas. Maybe I could put up with the corsets if there was also steampunk involved.Do something along the lines of the Infernal Devices world.

So sad I couldn't attend the launch party.

Diana said...

Definitely Narnia. After it wasn't winter all the time.


Lauryn said...

I would want to vacation in either Narnia or Middle Earth. Though, I'm not sure you would be able to convince me to come home once I got there...


Anonymous said...

I would like to go to the world of Fablehaven... all those magical creatures would be awesome.

carla said...

Definitely Austenland!

The Story Cottage said...

What a choice! Sticking with the fantastical how about Hogwarts? Castle Amber? Cair Paravel? Castle Roogna? Revelwood? Fablehaven? The Emerald City? Harper Hall? Castle Sylvarresta? Stormhold ...?

I think after all was said and done I would have to go to Rivendale.

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Natalie said...

My Darcy has been and will always be my #bookboyfriend. I'd definitely go to Austenland, though Hogwarts would be a close second!!

Christina/Booktasty said...

For me I'd definitely go to Austenland!! No questions asked! I am a huge Austen fan and love any and all things related. Ok do maybe Downton Abbey Land could work
Too!!! :)

Goosegirl said...

I would definitely choose Austenland. I want it to be a real place and I want to go there.......with Colin Firth.

Thank you for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I'll be the Shannon Hale book obsessed loser who says Bayern. I would love to go meet Enna, Finn, Geric, Isi (of course), and the rest of the gang. I swear I've gotten lost in all four books of the Bayern series so many times that I'd love a chance to explore the landscape.

Julie said...

I'd love to go to Austenland. It would be a nice respite from the contemporary world, don't you think?

Unknown said...

I would choose the world of Harry Potter! It would be so much fun to try Quidditch!!
Thank you so much for the giveaway!

Laura BurgandyIce said...

oh, geez... great question! Austenland would be really fun, but only for 2 weeks (or less!!) I think I'd enjoy something more like the Hunger Games arena without anyone having to actually die. Definitely no real blood.

Thanks for the Giveaway!!!! :-D

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Melissa said...

Austenland sounds pretty good to me!

Amy said...

Thanks to everyone that entered!! Jen L. is our winner!