Months ago, Joanne Levy – author of Small Medium at Large – had mentioned to us about her book launch party in July… in Hamilton. Immediately, us Bloggettes started planning our first ever road trip (and, true, Hamilton’s REALLY only about an hour away.. but still.. any excuse for a “road trip”!)
The day finally came and yesterday, taking two cars, the whole group of us headed out from Toronto. Sara (Geek Girl’s Book Blog) drove Nicole (Nicole About Town), Liz (Midnight Bloom), Evie (Bookish) and Angel (Mermaid Vision Books) while my ever-loving boyfriend agreed to drive myself (and Hemingway – which I won from Joanne!), Wendy (A Cupcake and a Latte) and Christa (Hooked on Books)! As we were still 13 minutes away, but stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic with 20 minutes till 1, I was getting really anxious that we weren’t going to make it there on time. Thankfully it soon let up and we made it to Bryan Prince, Bookseller with 2 minutes to spare! Got some seats and went to buy our book for Joanne to sign.
After getting some books signed, Joanne was introduced to do a reading from Small Medium at Large. I had resisted reading it because I wanted to devour my copy that I’d get at the book launch – so I had no idea what the feel of the story would be like. The excerpt that Joanne chose to read was intriguing and captured the humour all at once. Definitely looking forward to starting this soon – I love a good ghost story. Once the reading was over, there were a few questions from the attendees that Joanne answered. When asked how she came up with the idea, Joanne shared that the title was what came to her one day and it stuck with her for a while before finally putting a story with it. Small Medium at Large was originally a written as a YA but after taking out a lot of elements from it (like a “Lila makes out with her soon-to-be step-brother” scene), it was advised to be re-worked to be a middle-grade book instead. This novel took about 4 years to write, but her journey as a writer was about 10-11 years. Joanne says the best part of the being-published journey is this moment of the last few weeks: having the book launch and out in stores.
Joanne was also asked if she believed in ghosts. Her answer? Not necessarily in the way that the ghosts exist in her book, but she does believe there is something more out there.
And on that note, answer that same question for your chance to win an assortment of book swag from the generous swag bag us bloggers received at the party! (swag includes assortment of postcards, bookmarks, stickers and a Small Medium at Large bracelet & signed bookmark!)
- Joanne Levy’s official recap
- Joanne Levy’s FB page album of pictures
- Just a Girl Geek!
- A Cupcake and a Latte
- Lost in the Library