I had such intentions of photographing Leaky Con this weekend so I could capture and convey some bit of the flavor to you, but I failed miserably, and mostly took pictures of the other writers who were there. Sorry! But directly above and below are a couple of shots from the Harry & the Potters show on Friday night.
Do you know about "wizard rock"? It's a thing. A real thing, and vast. Vastish. How cool is that?! There are a bunch of bands with names like The Whomping Willows, Gred & Forge, and the Remus Lupins, writing and performing Harry Potter-themed songs. Incredibly fun! This was the evening entertainment. Stephanie Perkins's husband is a wizard rocker, in fact!
Look! Stephanie Perkins! Here is the first time our red and pink hair have been photographed together, since we have not seen each other since last summer, when her hair was still blue. Soooo lovely to see Steph. If you have not yet read Anna & the French Kiss and Lola & the Boy Next Door, what are you waiting for? :-) Best smart teen romance EVER.
More hair fun! In the middle = Kate Schafer Testerman, agent to not only Steph but also Maureen Johnson.
(I always feel a little bit of matchmaking pride for my teeny-tiny part in bringing Steph and Kate together :-) Below, Maureen Johnson, in a dress made for her by a fan, with Kate sans purple hair:
Maureen, in addition to being the author of many awesome books for young adults and smart non-young adults, is the organizer of Leaky Lit, the books-and-writers portion of the convention, which if you don't know is a general Harry Potter fan convention with offshoots into other linked areas of pop culture. I have been a fan of Maureen's for some years now, but it took me until recently to read The Name of the Star, her Jack the Ripper horror, out last year, and it was fabulous! Can't wait for the sequel, out this fall.
Again, Maureen, with, in front: Robin Wasserman (l) and Megan Whalen Turner (r), amazing YA authors! I am such a huge fan of Megan's Attolia books, I was kind of geeky when I met her. Do you know them? And I am hugely excited to read Robin's latest book, The Book of Blood and Shadow, which is set in Prague. Yay!
See what I mean? Pictures of authors. What of all the interestingly clad Harry Potter fans and manically happy young people blissing out with their tribe? Believe me, they were there, though photographically unrepresented by me. Except here! Attendees at the Lit mixer. Aren't they cute? There's a Merida and an Effie Trinket, and I can't recall who the other two are, beyond being adorable.
Look, more writers!
From me, around the semi-circle clockwise: Stephanie Perkins, her awesome husband Jarrod, Maureen Johnson, unidentified (by me) top of blonde head, Dan Ehrenhaft, Robin Wasserman, temporary adopted teenage (for the weekend) of Holly Black, Megan Whalen Turner, Holly Black, Margie Stohl, Kate Schafer Testerman, Kate Welsh (MJ's awesome assistant), and John Green. In green. (Did you know that John Green always and only wears green? True story. Except not at all.)
Holly Black and Margie Stohl:
Holly Black, author of so much amazingness, I am sure I don't have to tell you what, but I will anyway: the "modern faerie tales" Tithe and others, the Spiderwick Chronicles, and most recently the totally fantastic and original Curse Workers series. Her next novel is with my editor Alvina Ling and is an awesome sounding vampire novel (Little Brown's first since the Twilight saga!) called The Coldest Girl in Cold Town. Is that a freaking great title or what? Can't. Wait. Margie Stohl is one of the two authors of the Beautiful Creatures books, also from Little Brown, and soon to be a major motion picture with a brilliant cast. Loved talking to these ladies, whom I had met before, but with far less luxury for gabbing.
Below we have Lev Grossman -- author of The Magicians, which is like a literary adult take on wizard school, a great fun read -- and John Green -- author of a number of awesome books, most recently The Fault in Our Stars (you will cry) -- trying to open prosecco without any sort of implement. It eventually worked, and prosecco was consumed by all.
So you see, what terrible reporting this is on an event. I am so sorry. I can add that the author panels had awesome topics like: writing sex scenes, how not to write a book, etc. There was one where we (except not me, I chickened out) read our terrible teenage writing. There was a formal debate on whether or not Slytherin should be disbanded, and there was a quiz show and a ball and actual quidditch matches (teams of kids walking around in their jerseys, carrying brooms, no joke), and much more. It was really fun.
And next year it is in PORTLAND!!! So consider going.
Over and out.