At the ever awesome Waterstones Oxford Street (The one in The Plaza bit) on the evening of Friday 13th of April a very special little shindig happened. It wasn't a secret but I felt like I was in some secret ninja type gang going to it because I felt like everyone who was attending I knew or knew of. We were a very special Sarwat Chadda support group and it was for the release of his latest book Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress. My review of which is here and also you should check out the Mistry Monday post from a special blog tour where Sarwat stopped by on ye olde blog. Twas a good day.
Anyways back to Friday 13th
So after work I made my way up to London town to attend this event and was very excited. The book was awesome and I know Sarwat is one of those writers that is thankful for every reader he has so for those attending the event we were sure to get a fun evening. Big thanks to Waterstones Oxford Street Plaza who had done up their children's and teen section with some dandy and fine looking props and decorations and the window display outside was pretty cool too. It was lovely to see effort made and thought put into the event itself from the booksellers. Huge hi to Ann from that branch who was super lovely and looks cool in her outfit too!
Once I got there it was already buzzing and I could see a few familiar faces. I zoomed over to Caroline from Big Book Little Book as I hadn't see her in ages and we got to catch up and natter. A lovely Waterstones person (the lovely in question turned out to be Ann) offered drinks and asked who we were and she knew me !!! like I have a kind of fan. *BEAMING SMILE*
Sarwat popped over to saw hi and introductions and such and I had a little treat from work because I had promised and I think Sarwat liked it (he took a photo and was holding it pretty tight. lol). Again we all started to mingle around and found Bella from CheezyFeetBooks, Cicely and her lovely mum from Cicely loves books and Iffath from Painting With Words (yay never met Iffath before and she is so nice). We all had a giggle and it seems that whenever I hear a book mentioned I liked I sound like a cast member of TOWIE. Example:
Blogger: oh yer I've not read that book
Me: *CLUTCHES THE AIR AND GRABS HER CHEST* OH MY GAWD IT'S SOOOOO GOOD!
As the room got more crowded (and warm) Sarwat took the stage (stepped up on a stool thingy) and made one of the funniest speeches i've heard. There was talk about making 6 year olds cry, himself crying in front of mass media and publishers, advice on public speaking, random Hunger Games mentions and thanks to those that made the book possible. There were tears of laughter which is a step up from tears of horror from little girls. Plus we got explained what it was to be BADASS and to spread this message.
Sarwat was kind enough to sign my book for me cause he's awesome like that and I then ran off to chat with more bloggers and bookish people which involved a gush fest with EwaSR about Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones and another quick hi and chat to Beverly also known as mouse_mallow who shares my love of Big Bang Theory and books. She was awesome.
The evening was a great to catch up with all the blogger and bookish types I've gotten to know around the London area and are also fans of Sarwat and his BADASS book and sadly cause I had work the next day I couldn't go for drinks after but it was fun all the same.
Until next time….