Sitting in the front row at the main stage listening to gifted writers speak about their craft was the icing on the cake for me at the Toronto International Book Fair. Reading has always been my favourite and most satisfying hobby, but there is something about actually listening to an author describe how and why they do what they do that makes the stories mean so much more to me. It’s like they actually share a little piece of themselves with you. And then to actually get to meet them and tell them how much you love their books, well that is the biggest thrill of all! Here are some portraits of the authors I was most excited to see.
Last but not least, and the main reason why I bought my ticket months ago for this book fair, was to see one of my favourite authors of all time, Deborah Harkness. She is a fascinating and extremely intelligent author and university professor who manages to take fantasy, history, and science and mix them together in just the right combination to make you believe that maybe witches and vampires could actually exist, and in the process you get great history and science lessons. She is a very gifted writer, and if you haven’t read her All Souls Trilogy I would highly recommend that you give it a try. You won’t regret it!
Finally, here is a picture of Deborah Harkness, myself, and Grega, a new friend from the All Souls Trilogy Discussion Group on Facebook. What an incredible weekend!!