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WORDSTOCK Recap | Portland's Festival of Words

Saturday, October 12, 2013
Wordstock's book fair is an annual even that I look forward to every year. This year marked my 3rd trip back, but like all my previous years, I only made it to one of the fair days. Here's a quick recap of my saturday:


Coda by Emma Trevayne | The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna | The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson | Amplified by Tara Kelly | Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin

My day started off with this fun panel. I love it when music is incorporated into a book, and enjoyed hearing these authors talk about their process. They discussed their favorite genres of music, how being a musician influenced their writing, and also their past music experience. Beaudoin even played for us an old piece from his band. The highlight of the panel was Emerson's confession of his past of being in a funk band. 

Lish McBride | Insomnia by J.R. Johansson | Struck by Jennifer Bosworth  
Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block | Unremembered by Jessica Brody

This panel of ladies was full of fun. My friends and I ended up laughing the entire time. Since I was laughing so hard I forgot to jot down some notes. But the overall discussion was how YA gave them more freedom to write in multiple genres.

Stephanie Perkins | Just One Year by Gayle Forman 
OCD Love Story by Corey Haydu | Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Stephanie highlighted some of my favorite parts of contemporary which included family, friends, and relationships (and also the guys). I was basically starstruck by Stephanie Perkins the entire time. Can we just all agree that she her fashion is flawless? 

Jessica Brody | The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater | The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
Arclight by Josin McQuein | False Sight by Dan Krokos



Thank goodness for Mel's (Northwest Neighbors) coordinating skills! There were two different YA panels at the end of the day, but fortunately she rearranged it to create one gigantic panel. I was laughing to the point of tears with this group. At one point everyone was trying to tell a story with hand gestures and I completely lost it. I even have some footage of that but not sure if they'll want it online. I have to say that this was one of my all time favorite panels from Wordstock.

It was great seeing Maggie, Jessica, Jennifer, and Cinda again! I've have the chance to meet that at past events and had fun catching up. But this was my first time meeting Stephanie and Gayle and I was FLIPPING OUT. They're two of my all time favorite authors, so I was basically hyperventilating while waiting in line. 


Unfortunately I only took pictures with Jen and Sara, but I know that I met way more bloggers than just these two. I did I bumped into Candace (Candace's Book Blog), Mel (NNN), Angie (Disquietus), Shelley (Tsk, Tsk, What To Read), and Eliza (The Book Tramp) through out the day. I was reading Candace's recap and completely agree that Wordstock is like a reunion every year. 
I had a fantastic time at Wordstock this year. It's getting fun recognizing so many faces and catching up with bloggers. See you at the next Wordstock?

Be sure to check out Candace's recap at Novels, News, and Notes for more detailed notes on the panels.

*Jen's face was blocked due to privacy reasons

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