A rainy Monday in late October wasn’t going to deter fans of best-selling author Sophie Kinsella from attending the Globe Style Event at 99 Sudbury in Toronto. With VIP reception ticket in hand, we wandered the beautiful space that boasted many offerings from participating sponsors including brow touch-ups by Tweezerman, displays by Saje, Stella Dot and Jones New York, a made-to-order pasta bar from Barilla and delicious frozen yogurt from Yogurty’s. There was so much to sample and explore while small groups were called up to meet Sophie Kinsella and get their books signed.
With such an entertaining and busy reception, it seems like we had been there much longer but only an hour has gone by before we’re ushered over to the adjacent room to take our seats for the interview and Q&A with the other ticket holders. Chatting with Sophie Kinsella is Globe’s Style Editor Odessa Paloma Parker who asks the Shopaholic author to share her shopping finds. She stands up and shows off her stylish outfit consisting of a Beloved top and CeCe skirt from Top Shop, necklace from Stella & Dot & Jimmy Choo shoes – a blend of luxuries.
After so many books in the Shopaholic series, as well as a number of standalones, Sophie talks about how she’s not good at second guessing her writing. She just needs to write it first and trust her instincts. After, say, a year or more of planning it takes Sophie approximately 9 months to write it out. Speaking lovingly about the iconic couple of Becky & Luke, she shares her thoughts on how there’s room to have a real marriage and a couple that’s on each other’s side. They’re established as a united front – so Becky can go off having zany adventures and getting into hijinx knowing that Luke will be by her side.
One of the funniest moments during the interview was when Sophie cracks herself up while talking about a scene that hadn’t made it to a book, about Becky saying she can play the piano – but actually can’t. That scenario alone would be hilarious, but it’s made all the more funny with the author’s laughter to accompany the imagery. When asked during the Q&A about whether she’s thought of an end to the Shopaholic series (and after the horrified gasps from the audience had subsided), she basically said she will keep writing it as long as there’s an interesting story there. This latest book does leave off with a bit of a cliffhanger, apparently, which will lead into the next book. Once the interview and Q&A was over, it was time for the book signing and given the huge line-up that quickly formed, we were so glad that we were able to get ours signed earlier during the reception.
Thanks to all the sponsors for an awesome (and generous) swag bag, and thank you to Random House, 99 Sudbury, The Globe & Mail and Sophie Kinsella for a fantastic evening!