Last Saturday (Nov 20) afternoon, I had the opportunity to meet Suzanne Collins, author of the The Hunger Games trilogy, when she came to Toronto for the final stop on her Mockingjay book tour! It was a relatively quick event and due to a wrist injury, Suzanne could only stamp one book per ticket, but I'm so glad I got to go anyways!
I had meant to originally arrive at Indigo Yorkdale at least an hour before the event but I ended up getting there with only a half hour to spare! My mother and I left our house late, plus it was nuts trying to find parking at Yorkdale since everyone was beginning to shop for Christmas already. Anyways, the staff were organizing the line where some people were below, closer to the stage, while the rest were upstairs, a line wrapping around the railing on the upper level, so we just took a place above and got ready to wait for 1:00 p.m when Suzanne would appear! I plugged in my iPod while my Mom continued reading Catching Fire since she was almost done. (And I totally had to stop her from reading the end because she tried to skip forward! I used to do that more often but I've been better lately...)
When 1:00 p.m. arrived, Suzanne was warmly greeted and all of us above leaned forward to try to catch a glimpse of her. She was really nice and even read to us... reading a bit of Catching Fire and the first chapter of Mockingjay to everyone. I couldn't see her from my vantage point up above nor could I hear her all too well, so I headed downstairs while my Mom waited in line for us so I could listen more clearly. There wasn't a Q&A afterwords sadly, so once she finished, the signing began and I hurried back to my spot, eager for my turn to meet her!
It didn't seem like much of a wait before it was my turn!
It wasn't a very long event but I still had a lot of fun! Thank you so much Suzanne for coming to Toronto to meet some of your Canadian readers!