Monday, May 16, 2016

Mike the Gnome @TheBookCon 2016

It happened people.  It really happened.  I'm still having trouble really wrapping my brain around what happened, but it did.  The Book Con at Chicago's McCormick Place was huge.  Unbelievable authors and readers came together in an overly packed exhibit hall with enormous lines.  It was exhausting, and it was fun, and it really happened.  Let's go through the fun in pictures...

The moment when I somehow got the three wristbands I'd been hoping for at the event.  Maggie Stiefvater.  Morgan Matson.  Sabaa Tahir.

The moment Mike the Gnome was FIRST in line to meet Maggie Stiefvater.  He was a little nervous.  A little apprehensive.  But he played it super cool in the end.

Because he had to be prepared for this.  It wasn't supposed to happen.  She wasn't going to take pictures.  But who can resist that face?  I mean, he is kind of adorable.  And Maggie is a rock star.  Dream come true.

A group of weirdos trying to come down after the big moment.

Mike was all pro after his first encounter.  Here he is looking dashing with the fantastic Sabaa Tahir.

And then getting a little boost from the amazing and SO NICE Morgan Matson.

But wait!  He wasn't supposed to meet Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff!  But he did.  And Amie got all DFTBA for the camera.

And finally the super talented, friendly, wonderful Ms. Ruta Sepetys.  Sigh.  I want to be her best friend and research assistant.

Needless to say, Mike had a big day.  He was kind of exhausted in the end.  It's hard work standing in lines.  But he made some new friends and memories.  Oh the adventures I have with my tiny garden friend.

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