Meg Cabot Signing in Toronto and Giveaway!

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Last Thursday evening (May 12), I was fortunate enough to attend Meg Cabot's signing at Chapters Queensway when she came to Toronto to help promote her latest novel Abandon! This was the only Canadian stop in Meg Cabot's tour so I think the two hour drive to get to the event was well worth it in order to have the chance to meet her!

I arrived at Chapters Queensway about two hours early, grabbing a seat, but the wait didn't seem all too long! I can get rather shy and quiet, but the ladies by me were talking about Veronica Roth's Divergent and how amazing it was, so I sort of jumped into the conversation. My neighbour beside me was still reading Abandon but she was so nice and friendly too! 

Not too long later, a DJ came by and started up some music, and Cammy, who tweets for @indigogreenroom, got the crowd laughing easily. They also had some cute bags on them as prizes to give away! There were a couple ways you could win them like through a dance-off or just for tweeting them, but they had a few rounds of Jeopardy-style questions where if you knew the answer, you had to go up front and give it. I can't believe I'm saying this but I was one of the winners! The question had to do with what real life place inspired the setting of Abandon (answer: Key West), so I ran like my life depended on it steadily made my way to the stage before anyone could get there sooner! If you'd like to know what was inside, you can check out my recent IMM post!

Soon enough, it was 7 p.m. and Meg Cabot was on stage, welcomed by much applause and cheers! She didn't do a reading, but instead did a little introduction of what Abandon is about and how it's the first in a new trilogy, centering around a re-imagining of the Greek myth of Persephone. Meg also talked about what inspired her to write Abandon and that when she was in high school, she used to doodle in her calculus notebook with sketches of Persephone. She kept those books and used them to help her write Abandon. She might not have gotten great grades, but at least we get to read her fabulous stories now, right?

Afterwards, she took some audience questions! Meg talked about her writing habits, inspired those writers hoping to one day be published to not give up on their dreams, and spoke about her previous successful series' like The Princess Diaries. She said that the series was actually based on the fact that her mom had been dating one of her teachers and how one of her characters, Lilly, is based on a friend who has no idea about this fact! Meg was so friendly and warm to everyone!


Before I knew it, it was time for the book signing! As a cool extra treat, everyone getting a book signed by Meg Cabot got their picture taken and a photo printed right at the store! I've already tucked it away into my photo album. (Anyways, sorry about the weird look to my picture. It came out blurry so that was the best I could do to get it sharpened more. It's still proof I met her though, right? lol)


Thanks so much to Meg Cabot for coming out to meet some of your Canadian fans and please come back soon! And thanks to Chapters Queensway and Scholastic Canada for hosting such a wonderful event!

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Have you read Abandon yet? You can read my thoughts on the novel here! 

And I did mention there would be a giveaway, right? I'll be giving away ONE SIGNED COPY OF ABANDON! To enter this giveaway, you must be a FOLLOWER and it will be open INTERNATIONALLY. However, if you're a fellow Canuck, you'll be getting a couple extra entries because it was Meg's only stop in Canada this time around! The last day to enter will be JUNE 6, 2011 after which point I'll choose a winner using a random number generator. I will send an email to the winner for their mailing address and they'll have 48 hours give or take to respond back.

To enter, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM and you'll be all set to go! Good luck! 

-GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED-  

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28 comments

  1. She looks so sweet and adorable! Thanks for sharing your experience going to see her.

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  2. Aww thanks for the great giveaway! Looks like it was a fun event and Meg Cabot looks like she was so animated! :)

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  3. These pictures are too cute! Can't imagine how exciting it was to meet her! Love the blog, you've definitely got a new follower!

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    -Em

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  4. THANKS & MEG CABOT IS SO PRETTY!!!

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  5. Haha she looks so happy and bubbly! I seriously need to go to more signings. I know the Veronica Roth/Lauren Oliver signing is tomorrow; maybe I can get my friend to go with me cuz I'm a little hesitant to go alone!

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  6. Thanks very much for the awesome giveaway, Liz! Looks like you had a blast at the signing (cool that you won a prize bag!) And thanks for the extra Canadian entries :D

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  7. She looks and sounds so sweet, so happy you had a great time.

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  8. So glad you had a blast Liz! Thanks for the write up, I didn't make it :(

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  9. It seems very beautiful event! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. Okay, that's it I am totally moving to Toronto first chance I get haha You get to meet so many awesome authors!!! Great post by the way! It looks like you had so much fun! Thank you for sharing :)

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  11. I saw the picture before I read the post and foolishly thought it was a picture of Tina Fey. Ha ha! I don't know what I was thinking. What a great smile she has. She looks like a lot of fun.

    BTW thank you so much for commenting back to me on my blog about the Dystopian Tour. I feel so much better now!

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  12. Sounds like SO much fun!! Congrats on winning a prize bag - so very cool! Meg just seems like an amazing person... hopefully she will come back to Canada within the next couple of years when I have the time/money to come to Toronto and see her.

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  13. Aaaah I'm sooo jealous!! How lucky you are to have met her!! I love her and her books!

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a signed copy !!!

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  14. Sounds like fun! I haven't read any Cabot which is why I didn't attend. But I'm glad you had fun! Cammy is always a riot, isn't he? Can't wait to see you tomorrow!

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  15. You're so lucky! I have never met a book of Meg Cabot's I haven't liked :) Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  16. Finally an author in Canada ! I feel like we get forgotton sometimes ! Especially down here in the maritimes , lucky you ! Thanks for the give away

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  17. Looks like you had a ton of dun!!
    You look cute in the picture

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  18. This is why I need to move to Ontario. Authors actually go to Ontario.

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  19. Chrystal- Animated is a great way to describe how she was that night! :)

    MCN- Thanks!

    Ashley H.- I know, right? And she has such great style!

    Laura- Come, come! And you won't be alone! You'll be with fellow bookworms! :)

    Lucy (Moonlight Gleams)- I only started going to signings last year but there never seemed to be too many our way in the past. I'm glad to see some authors are finally making it to Canada!

    Erika- No problem! lol, that's funny how you originally thought she was Tina Fey!

    Ashley- I hope she comes back to Canada soon too! She said the last time she had been here was for the Princess Diaries so she's hoping she won't have to wait so long to return again. :)

    Honey- Cammy always makes me laugh, whether in person or on Twitter!

    peaceandreading- You're right! Sometimes, it seems like not too many authors come here for signings...especially in the Maritime provinces...

    Alex- lol, thanks!!

    Kathleen- Or Vancouver! Authors go there sometimes too! :)

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  20. Looks like you had a blast and its cool that everyone got a picture to take home too. Did you notice how Meg's top matches with the cover of Abandon?

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  21. Everyone who's met her/gone to her signings before has said she was SO nice! I am so jealous you got to meet her, it sounds like a fabulous signing :)

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  22. Meg Cabot, your books is always amazing!!
    thanks for Giveaway and making it internationally

    lovely cover!!

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  23. Your haircut is so cute! And it sounds like great fun, thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  24. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    It sounds like a good time was had by all.

    I haven't read any of Meg Cabots recent books so I think it is time I try one again.

    Thanks.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  25. Aww so luck Im a fellow canadian but I live in the US, duel citizen lol. Thanks for the giveaway!!
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  26. Thank you so much! You look so cute :)

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