Picture from Retreat by Random House Blog
Yesterday night was the first ever BOOKSTRAVAGANZA hosted by Chatelaine Magazine and Random House Canada. The event was located at the Ritz-Carlton on Wellington street and oh my was it grand!
Surrounded by book-lovers, writers, and head-honchos of the magazine and book publishing world, I stood back in awe. It was a little intimidating to say the least but everyone was friendly and welcoming. I even got to meet Lindsey from Random House Canada, the lovely lady who gave me the opportunity to review books for them.
After an hour of cocktails and lip gloss testing (got an awesome lips gloss from Bourjois Paris Cosmetics), we were settled into a lovely ballroom where and introduced to the amazing books coming this Fall from Random House Canada. I think I’m most excited about Sussex Drive by Linda Svendsen, I’ll have to get a copy of that one!
So many wonderful people spoke about new books, the reasons to love books, and the passion and dedication it takes to create a fabulous book. It was amazing to hear from the editor of The Purchase by Linda Spalding as well as the editor of Chatelaine magazine – so many successful, hardworking, women in one room, truly inspiring.
The authors of The Sweet Girl and The Selector of Souls were in attendance also. They spoke about their novels and at the end of the evening every attendee was given a copy of their books and the chance to have them signed. It was great to hear Annabel Lyon speak, since I just finished her novel. You rarely get to see or hear the person behind the words you’re reading. It’s funny because in those brief five minutes that she spoke, I heard the voice of her main character from The Sweet Girl, Pytho.
Oh, I forgot to mention that they gave away prizes all evening! I was the lucky raffle-winner of a Sony tablet (thanks again)! The raffle was an amazing surprise for all the ladies there. Then came the swag bag…
The swag bag contents are the two bottom pictures and the magazine 🙂 . My kind of heaven: books, notebooks, makeup, chocolate – oh my GOODies!
I need to work in publishing. My life needs to be surrounded by books and I need to write my own on the side!
Thanks to Random House Canada and Chatelaine for hosting a great event and to my boyfriend for bringing me downtown and spending some time with me in a room full of ladies 🙂