Like a good mystery book, this venture took us bloggers down a dark alleyway in the Queen West area of Toronto to The Baitshop. This skateshop/gallery was the venue for the launch party of Penguin’s new YA imprint, Razorbill, and is quite the eclectic gem hidden among a revitalizing neighbourhood.
After meeting up with Wendy (A Cupcake and a Latte), Christa (Hooked on Books), Evie (Bookish), Nicole (All I Ever Read…) and Angel (Mermaid Visions) after work, we headed on the Queen streetcar to our destination. Our first sign that we were at the right place was a lone sign (with balloons!) and a lovely Penguin greeter letting us know we had found the place. So off we went down the candle-lit dark alley to the ominous-looking door.
Once inside, we were greeted with a cupcakemobile from The Cupcake Diner (which we all had to take pictures of Wendy standing in front of it). Brenna (Esther’s Ever After) got there shortly after and we had the chance to meet other bloggers, staff members, author Lesley Livingston, Chandra (@indigoteenblog) and Jacquelynne (@Book_Obsession/the Hardcover Obsession/Razorbill staff) – who, crazily enough, is good friends with the brother of one of my BFFs! Small small world.
There were a few speakers who talked about Razorbill, thanked the sponsors and welcomed us to contribute to the story. What’s “the story”? There was a computer that had a story started by an author, and everybody could take turns adding to it. There was a live feed of the computer screen to many monitors and screens around the venue. Those that wrote part of the story received a Razorbill T-Shirt (while quantities lasted). I’ll post the link to the story once it’s up/available!
(Thank you to Jackie for snapping the shot of me doing some writing!)
The party had a very chill vibe, and everyone had great food, drinks and chats! We were invited to pick up a book that was on display to take home with us when we left around 8pm.
Fun launch party Razorbill! Thank you for having us 🙂