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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Picture Post- Sarah Dessen Signing in Durham, NC

So, after exactly two weeks, I am FINALLY doing a recap about the Sarah Dessen event I went to on June 16, the day Along for the Ride (Dessen's newest novel) was released.

So to start off, I got off work at 3:30, and went straight to my roommate's place of work and picked her up, then we went off on the road. On the way there, we listened to Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera. We stopped at McDonald's where I had dinner and got to Durham at around 6:30. We had to park a bit far away due to there being like no parking spots in the parking lot across from The Regulator Bookshop. But whatever, exercise is good. So we went in, went downstairs to where the signing was being held and got our seats in the back. While we waited for the event to start, I snapped a picture of the huge display they had in front of the podium Sarah was gonna be speaking from.

As you can see, lots of people were here- the place was PACKED! Some people even had to stand, as there weren't any empty chairs left. Sarah came up, talked a bit about the book and set up the excerpt she was going to read, read the excerpt, and then answered some questions and then went over to sign books. Here's a picture of her reading from the book.

Look at that awesome shiny hair on the person in front of me! :D I apologize for the dark lighting- I suck at taking good pictures during events. I feel wierd taking photos sometimes. Anyway, when she went to go sign books, there was a HUGE line and we ended up being toward the end, so it took a while until we got to the front. But we had a fun chat and then we were up talking to Sarah. I slid my copy of That Summer toward her and she actually remembered who I was! :) That made me happy. Sarah signed my copy of That Summer and also signed a discussion guide for my roomie that the bookstore were giving away for free. We are broke, so can't buy new books, lol. We chatted for a couple minutes and then her lovely assistant Parker took a picture of my roomie and I with Sarah. I cropped my roomie out of the photo for posting here since I don't think she would like me plastering my face all over the interwebz.

Doesn't Sarah look AMAZING?! And then there's me with my silly grin. But hey, I don't think my eyes are as squinty in this one AND I'm wearing a funny saying shirt. :) After that, we walked back to the car and drove over to the place where my roomie had her dinner.

Yes, Chipotle! She loves that place but unfortunately, they messed up her order. She asked for a LITTLE bit of hot sauce and the woman (who was white and English-speaking) put on a LOT of hot sauce. So my roomie had to ask for extra sour cream to combat the extreme hotness of the hot sauce. But she made it through and we drove back to our apt. It was an AWESOME evening.

Hopefully, later this week, I'll post about the Elizabeth Scott and Claudia Gray signing, which was even more AWESOME. Seriously, it was the best afternoon ever.


  1. FINALLY! I've been waiting FOREVER for this ;)

    Looks like you had an awesome time, YAY!

  2. Aw, don't tell me it was the best afternoon ever or you're going to make me super sad.
    But I do want to know!

  3. LOVE the pictures - and I'm so jealous you got to meet Sarah Dessen! Holy cow!

  4. Yay! Thanks for the recap! Sounds like a super fun time!

  5. You look great in the picture!

    Thank you, James, for sharing your terrific signing adventure!

    Lucky duck!

  6. Thanks for posting your recap. I would have love to met Sarah, she's one of my favorite authors!