On Thursday night, I had the pleasure of attending the launch party for Charles de Lint's new book, Under My Skin. At the event I met up with Meaghan from Feeling a Little Bookish, who I had met before on other occasions. The event was held at the Raw Sugar Cafe in Ottawa which is an adorable little coffeeshop just at the edge of Ottawa's Chinatown. We went in and got seats and proceeded to talk about books while waiting for the event to start. By the time 7PM rolled around the place was pretty packed and the event started.
To start things off, Charles de Lint and his wife, who are both musicians and singers, played some songs from their individual CDs. Everyone, myself included, really seemed to enjoy this part of the evening. I'll say that it was nice to have something a little different from your traditional book-related event.
Following the music, Charles de Lint talked about Under My Skin, explaining what the book is about and then going on to read from it. So that he wouldn't give too much of the story away, he read different blog entries written by one of the characters in the book. As I've already read Under My Skin, I knew exactly who he was talking about, but to someone who hasn't read the book it was a great non-spoilery introduction to the story.
After that Charles de Lint sat down to sign books. I had brought along my finished copy of Under My Skin to get signed, and bought a copy of The Painted Boy to get signed as well, after Chandra at Indigo Teen Blog recommended it to me. I had also brought along my advance copy of Under My Skin to get signed and give away to one lucky person, so be sure to check out the form below!
All in all, it was a very enjoyable night and I am happy I was able to attend since there aren't that many YA book events in Ottawa.
As I mentionned, I have one signed ARC of Under My Skin to give away. It was a really great book and if you want more information about it be sure to check out my review. The giveaway is opened internationally.