Year of the Bookwormz: 2011

52 weeks. 2 friends. 1 challenge.

Author Spotlight & Book Signing:: Emily Giffin :: May 20, 2010


No author’s work epitomizes summer reading like Emily Giffin (NOT Griffin)! Thanks to Fabookulous’ recommendation and a few credits from Paperbackswap.com, my girls and I devoured each of Giffin’s books last summer by the pool/beach. On the outside, the book covers are girly and bright. On the inside, these books will make you laugh, cry, and call your best friend. Giffin’s books cover all the bases- life’s challenges in personal growth, relationships,  marriage, friendships, motherhood and beyond. These books are written in such a fun and fresh way. To quote CoverGirl- they’re just easy, breezy!

In March, while on vacation visiting family and away from the computer, Fabookulous was bursting at the seams to tell me about Giffin’s tour dates hot off the press! With the date firmly inked on the calendar, we sent a “smoke signal” and organized a group of our gal pals from near and far. Tonight was the long awaited Girl’s Night Out to share in the excitement of meeting Giffin as she kicked off her 2010 summer book tour (thankfully with a stop in our town) promoting her latest release, Heart of the Matter. The girls and I HAD anxiously awaited this event since voraciously devouring all her books last summer. We’d been chomping at the bit for more. Turned out it was also the BabyMoon weekend I organized for one of my besties to come down to stay with us at “The Chateau” for a girly weekend of pampering and prenatal massage before her new baby arrives. She was able to arrive a day early and join us for GiffinFest2010!

Those of us who were able, met at a french cafe for dinner before the big event. We arrived in plenty of time to save prime seats for our other friends who were coming from farther away in traffic.

I don’t know how it happens, but I seem to make new friends everywhere I go.  I was complimenting the girl in front of us on her gorgeous blue/purple dress. We starting chatting books and she loved hearing about our blog. Turned out this was her VERY first book signing event! So Alyssa, if you’re reading this, I’m so glad to have met you and we hope to see you at the Jennifer Weiner event this summer 🙂

From the moment Emily walked into the room, she captivated us. She’s the kind of girl you want in (as I call it), in your “friend arsenal”; intelligent, friendly, hilarious, kind and thoughtful. It was such a fantastic opportunity to hear her talk openly about her process for writing Heart of the Matter as well as her other bestselling novels, balancing being a wife, and and mother of twin 6-year-old sons and a 3-year-old daughter.

My gal pals and I coordinated outfits to match the beautiful deep purple cover of Heart of the Matter. Emily was so tickled by our gesture that she had her assistant take a photo of Emily with our group especially for her blog. I cannot wait to see it! Emily, we love you and cannot wait for you to come back around!! I would say more but I have out-of-town company to attend to. I knew you folks would want a quick recap and the night was just spectacular. Thanks to my girlfriends for making it extra special. As I say, it’s always better together!

With the most wonderful time of the year a week away, that’s right folks- pool and beach season, time to pack that beach bag, pool bag or airline carry-on with your favorite summer reading. What’s at the top of your favorite summer reads? Drop us a comment anytime, I’d love to get suggestions for my summer TBR list.

Want more Giffin? The first book, Something Borrowed, is currently being made into a major motion picture!! So far, Kate Hudson (Darcy), Ginnifer Goodwin (Rachel), Colin Egglesfield (Dex) and John Krasinski (Ethan) have been cast for the film. As can be expected, we can’t wait to make a fun night of this and go as a group to see the film when it comes out 😉 In the meantime, check out Giffin’s recent blog post as she shares her experience of visiting the set of the film, and getting to meet the cast! Giffin is also working on the screenplay for Baby Proof!


Happy reading and don’t forget the sunscreen.








xo♥xo,

LibraryLove

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4 Responses to “Author Spotlight & Book Signing:: Emily Giffin ::”

  1. Alyssa Says:

    Hillary-

    Brilliant post! I was absolutely thrilled to meet you last night. I anxiously checked your blog this morning (I’m still at work :(… but it IS Friday, afterall) I contemplated whether or not I should go to the signing and am delighted to have gone and met such great people! Who knew what a great experience that would be (obviously, not me!) I am so glad to have been so spontaneous and and am overjoyed to have discovered what a great project you are working on with this book blogging site, it really is a jewel.
    Emily was captivating, enchanting even. Giffin’s writing as well, need not be said- is brilliant! I can’t wait to finish “Heart Of The Matter,” and go to more book signings! Looking forward to Jennifer Weiner in a few weeks! I am so lucky to have met great friends with such passion and enthusiasm at my first ever book signing- I am so lucky!

    Enjoy all of your new summer reads! I can’t wait to read more!

    Cheers,

    Alyssa

    • Alyssa, YAY! I’m just so so glad you came out last night and I got the chance to meet you. It opens your world up now to so many more fantastic events like the JW and Garth Stein readings coming up, now that you’ve been to your very first reading! We are SO lucky to live in such a major city where authors come through so frequently. It really bridges the gap and makes the authors accessible to their fanbase! I look forward to your comments/suggestions here on the blog and hope you enjoy perusing our reviews!! Check your facebook events- looking forward to seeing you in July!

      xoxo,
      LibraryLove

  2. Beth Hoffman Says:

    What a thoroughly enjoyable post. I’ve not ready anything by Emily Giffin but I’ll add her name to my ever-growing TBR list!

  3. Beth, I think Fabookulous and I are a bad influence on your TBR pile 😉 😉

    xoxo,
    LibraryLove


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