Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Utah Book Bloggers Bash

Last Friday, Natasha from Maw Books hosted a party for the Utah Book Bloggers. We're just a group of bloggers from Utah that Natasha brought together on the Ning social network. Natasha's the kind of person who steps outside her own box and reaches out to others. I really admire her for that and am thankful to be one of those that has benefited from her kindness and generous spirit. Thank you, Natasha.
The party started at 7:00 and we were actually right on time. We ran into Suey and her husband as we were walking up the driveway carrying our contributions to the potluck dinner. Natasha answered the door and knew me immediately. Suey and I introduced ourselves to each other and I was embarrassed that I hadn't seen her blog (It's All About Books) before. I really should have found out who was going to be there and check everyone out beforehand. I was regretting my last several months of inactivity from the book blogging community. Lately it has been all I can do to post to my own blog a few times a month, much less to visit all the other book blogs out there. Anyway, enough of my lamenting, and I'll get back to the party. I have visited Suey's blog now and it's great. We have similar tastes in books so it will be fun to compare.

Others started to arrive. First was Jessica from The Bluestocking Society. I love the name of her blog. I want to change mine but I don't know if it's a good idea. Sorry, that was a tangent. Anyway, I found out that Jessica lives just a few miles from me and she's a lawyer by day. That she is a lawyer is simultaneously impressive and intimidating to me. No reason to be intimidated, though, because she is as nice as can be.

I forgot that when we first got there Natasha's sister Leisa was already there and Jenn from The King's English Bookstore was there. Leisa is the one who got Natasha started on her blog and Jenn is the Marketing and Event Coordinator at The King's English so she had a lot of information about books and authors. So did Drew, the manager of the U of U Bookstore, who came in later. Jenn and Drew talked about a bunch authors that I had never heard of. It sounds like they have really fun jobs. Stephanie from The Children's Literature Book Club came too. She has a Master's Degree in children's literature. Very cool. The last blogger to come in was Cari from Book Scoops. She, like Stephanie, also blogs mostly about children's literature.

James Dashner, who blogs at The Dashner Dude, was the last guest and he was no ordinary guest. He's the author of The 13th Reality Series which has one book out, another coming in March, and he has a third unrelated book coming out at the end of the year. It was really fun picking his brain about what it's like to be an author, how publishing and editing work, and other behind the scenes stuff. One interesting thing about him is that he never watches movie previews. He started this a few years ago and says his movie experience has been so much better since. He said that when he goes to the theater he turns his head away from the screen and listens to his ipod or makes his wife talk to him to avoid watching the previews. Interesting. I'm not sure I could do it but I might try the experiment. Anyway, James is funny and nice and though I haven't read his books yet, I'm already a fan.

So here we all are:

Back, left to right: Suey's husband, Drew, Drew's wife, James, Cari's husband, my husband, Jessica's husband.
Middle: Leisa, Jenn, Cari, me, Jessica
Front: Suey, Natasha, Stephanie
(Sorry, I forgot some of the spouses' names so I'm not going to write any of them. Natasha's husband was taking the picture. He is also a really nice guy.)

We had such a great time at the party and I loved meeting everyone. Even my husband had a great time. I look forward to more blogger parties in the future.


Jeanette said...

How fun! It is too bad my husband decided not to go to BYU for his masters degree because then maybe I could have joined you all. :-)

Not quite the Bradys said...

THat sounds like so much fun! I'm glad to know that I'm not the only person who's been under the radar for a while. : )

Shelley said...

That sounds like so much fun to actually meet with other bloggers. What a great idea. I'm going to have to check out some of the blogs that sounds new to me.

caribookscoops said...

Kim - It was so nice to meet you. I look forward to more blogging events.

Suey said...

What a great synopsis of the party! Makes me want to do it all over again!

I'm, right at this moment, making a Google Reader folder of all the Utah Book Bloggers Natasha listed in her blog, so this means, I hope, that I'll be dropping by much much more often.

It was great to meet you!

Anonymous said...

Ack! I never commented on this post?! How shameful of me!

I am so happy that we all got to get together! I'm really looking forward to it.

And to Suey - I have a Utah folder in my Google Reader too!

Susan said...

Oh, how fun. Now, I wish I lived in Utah!