GIVEAWAY & Event Recap: B-Fest at Barnes & Noble



#BFestBuzz - June 10th-12th, 2016
Local Barnes & Noble

Local author, Lily Anderson, opened Emeryville's B-Fest with her debut, The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You.

A self proclaimed theater-geek, Lily wrote The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You as a retelling of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, mixed with jokes and geeky references to Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "When I was growing up, you didn't talk to people about comic books and manga," Lily whispered to the audience. She set the book in Oregon so the geographic area was contained. "Eugene is like Oregon's Berkeley," she observed. It took her a year to write it, a year to get it edited and marketed, and here we are two years later. The notes between chapters is a play on "Nothing" being pronounced "Note-in" and were added in after the book was completed. The title changed multiple times, including a six week stint as "All Our Bad Parts." 

Lily shared that she is on a strict deadline, needing to finish her latest book by the end of the week. It's not a sequel but is a companion to TOTWTMIY, sharing the same world and some characters, and is based on the play, The Importance of Being Earnest.


Afterwards, Lily signed books for a huge crowd of eager fans and scoped out the Doctor Who toys set out in the back. The rest of us picked up chapter samplers, include a prize pack that you could win! To enter using Rafflecopter, answer our question below in the comments and a random winner will be chosen in a week!

Did any of you visit your Barnes and Noble for B-Fest? What was it like at your events?

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11 comments:

  1. I didn't get to go to ours because at the same time the PPL Teen BookFest (which was sponsered by B & N) was going on. Got to meet a ton of authors there and it wasn't crowded at all which was nice. http://pickeringtonlibrary.org/teen-book-fest-2016/pickerington-teen-book-fest-meet-the-authors/

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    1. Ooo what authors were at your event? Sounds wonderful!

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    2. Ha! I just now saw this. I met Adam Silvera, Mindy McGinnis, Emily Henry, Carey Corp, Lori Langdon, Cinda Williams Chima, Emery Lord, Jasmine Warga, Jody Casella, Kristen Simmons, Kurt Dinan, Laura Bickle, Liz Coley, Lisa Klein, Mindee Arnett, Natalie D. Richards, Sarah J. Schmitt, Saundra Mitchell, and Tori Rigby.

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    3. That's a pretty awesome list! Sounds like you guys had a great time.

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  2. I'm sad that I didn't go. It seems like it was so much fun. Glad you had fun. To plan on going to these types of events in the future?

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    1. Nancy and I attend multiple YA author events monthly and always recap them! Stay tuned if you want to see who we are seeing and that's for hopping over to us today :) <3

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  3. I visited a B & N just to meet Darcy Woods and have my copy of her book Summer of Supernovas signed. I enjoyed the author panel questions and answers too.

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    1. Aw! That's awesome that they had an author that you know at yours! Did they have any fun activities at yours?

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    2. No fun activities the night I went. They did have another evening of events that I couldn't get to, so maybe that's when all the fun happened :) But I just wanted to meet Darcy anyway and was trying not to show how starstruck I was!

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    3. Girl, I get you! Authors are totally celebrities and I have to tell myself to tone down the Fangirl ;)

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