Author Event and Giveaway – Justine Larbalestier

Wednesday night after work, Daniel and I ventured out through Chicago traffic to go to Anderson’s Bookstore in Downer’s Grove where Justine Larbalestier was going to be signing books.  We were alerted to the fact that she would be there by the lovely Kristen, of Bookworming in the 21st Century.


I first heard of Justine when the controversy exploded over the original US cover to her new book, “Liar.”  After reading about the premise of the book, I knew I had to read it.  Plus, I wanted to support this book because I felt that Bloomsbury did the right thing by changing the cover.  So a couple of weeks ago when my husband and I went on our date and stopped by a bookstore, I had him buy it for me.  I meant to read it for the Readathon, but I just didn’t get to it; Tuesday, when I remembered that Justine was going to be in town the next night, I grabbed it and did my best to read it.  I would have finished, too, if I hadn’t had to go to work Wednesday!  I got pretty close though, within about 80 pages, because I was so enthralled with the whole thing I didn’t want to put it down (I finished later that night, so see my review soon!).

Anyway, it was a cozy little group of us there for the signing.  Justine was fantastic – she didn’t even mind that Daniel kept trying to steal the spotlight!  We got to learn some fun things about her process of writing “Liar,” too:

  • Justine wrote “Liar” almost like a jigsaw puzzle, piece by piece, fitting them all together, then rewriting pieces to make them fit where she had put them.  She said it was the most fun she’s ever had writing a book and the most polished first draft she has ever had.  Of course, this made it a much more frustrating revision process she has experienced to date.
  • Even Justine isn’t 100% clear on what, of what Micah is telling her reader, is true; she knows the basics are true (Zach’s death, Micah’s parents and school, where she lives), but not much beyond that.  In fact, as people share their theories about the book with her she is changing her mind.
  • She reads all her reviews, but doesn’t get offended when someone doesn’t like a book.  For Justine, the point is to write a book that really speaks to someone, and once the book is published it belongs to the people who are reading it, not to her.
  • Justine is an organic writer who does not plan ahead what she will be writing

We also discussed how covers are made, and the problems of the $10 hardcover book.

After signing my books, Justine was kind enough to pose for pictures.

Daniel and I with Justine and "Liar"

Daniel and I with Justine and "Liar"

Daniel and I with Justine and Kristen

Daniel and I with Justine and Kristen

You may have noticed above that I said she signed my books, plural.  I was enjoying “Liar” so much that while I was there, I bought a paperback copy of “How to Ditch Your Fairy” for myself as well.  OH.  I also bought a copy of “Liar” AND one of “How to Ditch Your Fairy” for you guys, as well!  Signed, of course!

Here are the details:

This giveaway is totally international.  One winner will get “Liar,” the other will get “How to Ditch Your Fairy.”

You can opt to be entered for either book, or both of them if you choose, I will draw the winner for “Liar” first.

To enter, all you have to do is fill out the Google Form below.  Entries in the comments section of this post will NOT be counted.  But please do still leave comments, I love to hear your thoughts!

This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm Central Time on Thursday, November 19th.  Winners will be notified and will have until November 30th to send me their addresses (extra time due to Thanksgiving!), after which I will draw new winners if I have not heard from them.


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