In the past couple of years I've met some incredible authors. Epic folk who's work I LOVE. Rick Riordan (multiple times!), Eoin Colfer, Suzanne Collins, Libba Bray, and so many others, but this past Monday night I got to meet someone I've been reading for easily 17 years. Anne Rice.
Can I just say, growing up in Saskatoon where no authors ever come, the idea of ever meeting these people was totally foreign to me. So whenever I read about her crazy events, where she arrived in hearse, and popped out of a coffin (I tell no lies, she has done this), I was envious but never really pictured meeting her. Thus it was a very perfect pre-valentines excursion for the hubby and I to head out to the Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library for cocktails, an Interview with Anne Rice by CBC's Mary Hynes and a signing. All for her new book The Wolf Gift.
Did I mention that the very first movie the hubby and I ever went to together (maybe our third date?) was Queen of the Damned? It was terrible, but proof we had something in common (which in the early days seemed somewhat unlikely), we both read Anne Rice. At that point in time it might have been the only books we had both read since he loved horror and Stephen King and I loved classic lit, and Michael Ondaatje.
Mary Hynes did a great job of touching on both elements of the new book as well as all the things Anne Rice fans are burning to know about her and her books. The interview was an hour long with thirty minutes of audience questions.
This is part one, there are two more parts you can access on youtube.
The hubby and I wandered out for late dinner (Sushi, because as the hubby put it "for some reason I fell like rice"), and we gabbed about how down to earth she was and not crazy eccentric as we'd suspected she might be. All in all it was a fantastic evening I won't soon forget.
PS- this was the second of two great Random House events in just three days for me. On Saturday I had the incredible pleasure of going to Random House head office in Toronto for a little blogger love party with surprise guests Erin Morgenstern (who I gabbed about posting cat pics with and), Ami McKay (who I talked fashion with), and Paula McLain (who I gabbed about hair with, she loved mine and I loved hers)! So, many many thanks to Random House for making all these truly fantastic events possible- they made my week!