Founded by authors Francine LaSala (The Girl, the Gold Tooth & Everything), Samantha Stroh Bailey (Finding Lucas), and Meredith Schorr (Blogger Girl), Book Buzz originally started in NYC this past May as a way for authors and readers to mix & mingle. This Toronto event, organized by Samantha, author Lydia Laceby (Redesigning Rose) and blogger Kaley (Books, etc.) took place this past Thursday at The Crest, a great bar in the St. Clair West area of Toronto. The bar, bedecked with brick & wood, mirrors & frames, chandeliers and a mounted bear head in one corner provided a chic and whimsical atmosphere for this jam packed event.
Wendy (@_CupcakeQueen_) and I received a drink ticket upon entry into the free event which we could swap for a deliciously sweet Pink Stiletto cocktail while picking up some yummy hors d’oeuvres as they passed on by. Shortly after, we were joined by Lindsey from Random House which always makes for a fun time of conversations and chats!
There were 10 authors that were featured, and their books were all available for purchase at $10 each. I, of course, spotted one with an Eiffel Tower on the cover and knew I had to pick it up – perhaps to feature for Paris Month. Apparently Romi Moondi’s Never or Forever is the last of a trilogy so of course I had to pick up the rest of the series then. With Kaley’s ringing endorsement, I also purchased a copy of Blogger Girl by Meredith Schorr to check out seeing that Kaley says it’s “one of the best books I’ve read all year”.
Kaley spoke briefly to welcome and thank everyone, introducing the growing crowd to the guests of honour: Cat Lavoie (Breaking the Rules), Chantel Guertin (Stuck in Downward Dog, Love Struck, and The Rule of Thirds), Francine LaSala (The Girl, the Gold Tooth & Everything, Rita Hayworth’s Shoes), Heather Wardell (Blank Slate Kate), Kate Hilton (The Hole in the Middle), Lydia Laceby (Redesigning Rose), Meredith Schorr (Blogger Girl, and Just Friends With Benefits), Romi Moondi (Year of the Chick series), Samantha Stroh Bailey (Finding Lucas) and Samantha March (The Green Ticket).
The variety and selection of authors and books were seemingly great for all reading tastes: between the light & fun to the more dramatic and serious. A great, well-received event with lots of book chats, good snacks and great company.