I haven't been to a book convention or expo of any kind before, though the bookaholic in me pines for one. Still, I was lucky enough in October of 2012 through the She's Connected Conference, to meet two very influential authors.
First I met Kate White. She was the editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan magazine for many years.
This was an epic moment for me, not only being a fan of Cosmo, but of her books too.
Then at the same convention but a different day, I met Cathy M. Buchanan. She wrote a couple books you may know, The Day The Falls Stood Still or The Painted Girls.
I was completely giddy and starstruck here. I was a bag of nerves beside her, and man she was comfortable and funny to be around. It was really a great and memorable experience.
I wish more authors would tour into my city, maybe to my local library, then I could go see them speak. Sadly I never hear about them if they do come. The only ones I hear about are in Toronto, which is a little ways from me with no car....
I hope you wonderful authors read this, feel sorry for us bookies here in Hamilton and come for a visit. :-)
I prefer my books in printed format. Mainly so I can build my home library. Shameless I know. The books I'm not crazy about I give away to friends, family and even charities. I do read ebooks too as I have a kindle, but I'm getting older and so are my eyes. Having diabetes doesn't help my eyes I'm told... so I get tired easily when reading from a screen. I also squint more at a screen, even with my glasses on. As for audiobook, I have been known to throw one on when I am doing my work, however, I stopped. I found I always felt like I missed something along the way and would have to re-read the book in print. So it seemed redundant for me to listen to books. That's just me though. To each his own.