So many exciting book-related things happened this past weekend, I’ll need several blog posts to cover them all. But this is one of the chronologically earlier and very exciting ones.
I went to the part of Ilona Andrews’ tour that was in Austin, TX. They write two urban fantasy series–Kate Daniels and The Edge, both interesting takes on the effects of magic in the modern world. I had a great time listening to both Ilona and Gordon speak. They answered questions about their books, which I won’t put here because they’re spoiler-ish. But if you check out their blog, they have a FAQ post up.
I’ll share some funny stories they had about their tour, though.
Apparently Portland was pretty strange. At their hotel, the librarian–amazing, a hotel with a library and a librarian!–confused Gordon for another Andrew Gordon. The librarian left a book to be signed, written by this other Andrew Gordon, a Harvard professor who writes about modern Japan. As you might know from looking your name up on Google, we all have a name doppelganger or two.
They also got a ride from someone who claimed to be an official driver, but wasn’t wearing a uniform, or driving the usual kind of car–but knew their names, where and when to pick them up, and where to take them. It wasn’t until after he dropped them off at the airport that they got a call from the company telling them their driver was still waiting.
In Seattle, the people apologized profusely for their 80 degree heat wave, which the authors, living in Texas as they are, found hilarious. 80 degrees isn’t that hot at all… Though I know they’ll be laughing next winter, when we complain that it’s in the 40s, and we’re freezing.