Thanks to my job in an Indie bookstore, I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of authors over the past 6 years. Some visits are arranged by the publishers. But many of them are pop in's - just to say 'hi' and to sign a few books.
Local author Hannah Richell - author of The Shadow Year & Secret of the Tides.
Local author Jennifer Walsh has written 2 children's books set in our suburb called The Tunnels of Tarcoola and Crooked Leg Road. As Jenny Spence she has also written an adult crime novel, No Safe Place.
Local author Steve Worland has written 2 crime novels, Velocity and Combustion.
Another local author (and actor), Steve Bisley wrote his memoirs last year, Stillways.
It was shortlisted for this years NSW Premier's Literary Awards Non-Fiction.
Sydney based crime writer Michael Robotham popped in to sign copies of Watching You.
Sophie Masson is an award winning children's author, with too many titles to list!
Melbourne based author, Graeme Simsion (aka Rosie Project) has popped in a few times too :-)
I was delighted to host a storytime with The Gruffalo a few years ago!
(sorry for the fuzzy pic - I asked one of the kids to take the photo.)
New Zealand writer, songwriter & musician Craig Smith entertained us with his hit song and books Wonky Donkey and Willbee the Bumblebee a couple of years ago.
One of my favourite author events was last years launch of Josephine Moon's The Tea Chest.
It was a high tea on the 15th floor overlooking Sydney's Botanic Gardens.
Josephine was charming and wrote a lovely piece about booksellers on her blog (click link above).
There have been so many more wonderful author events, including a trip to the Opera House to hear Edmund de Waal discuss The Hare With the Amber Eyes.
I am very fortunate, I know.
Writing this post for Amrchair BEA has reminded me of how much I love my job!