Robin Hobb is in town!

First, apologies for not blogging for a while – I could say it was all because I was too busy (which I was), but there may well have been an element of laziness involved as well.

The big news for me is that my favourite author, Robin Hobb, is in Perth, Western Australia, this weekend at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, as part of an event hosted by Supanova, the “Pop Culture Expo”. She appeared in Sydney last weekend and will actually be in my town for the next couple of days!

From the official guest page:

Robin will conduct a general admission Q&A each weekend, and participate in signing sessions on Friday in Sydney (2pm to 6pm), and throughout each Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm) in both cities.

I’ve been in awe of her ability to tell wonderfully intricate stories for many years and am very much looking forward to meeting her in person (nearly as much as I’m looking forward to reading her next book). This is not something I would normally do, and none of the other celebrities that will be at this event would get me excited enough to go see them in person. But Robin Hobb has been my main inspiration to start writing myself, and I can’t not go and see her. I’ll do my best not to gush and stammer like a star-struck imbecile, but can’t really make any promises. Of course I’m going to take along my favourite books and will hopefully get some of them signed.

Also attending the event will be Jo Spurrier, whose third book in the excellent Children of the Black Sun trilogy I have yet to read (I might buy it there if I can), as well as several other authors.

Have you ever met a “celebrity” in person, or even Robin Hobb herself? If so, was it what you expected and would you recommend it (not that you could change my mind!)? If not, was it due to a lack of opportunity or because you didn’t want to destroy your image of that person? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

About Amos M. Carpenter

Web dev by day, author by night, and generally interested in (and opinionated about) way too many things.

Posted on 20 June, 2014, in Authors, Books, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I met Jane Lindskold once. And S. M. Sterling. I was at a small-ish science fiction convention in New Mexico, and on the last day was a gathering where attendees could hang out with various authors and have tea and cookies… It was actually a lot of fun, and the casual atmosphere made it easier for me to talk to these “Big Name Authors” than if I’d encountered them at some large convention where no one has time to stop and talk to anyone at all and some of the Big Name Authors don’t want to talk to the fans anyway. (There is one of those who attends the convention each year, but he isn’t ever at the Authors’ Tea, so it’s pretty easy to avoid saying hello and offending him.)

    • Sounds great – I’m hoping the atmosphere will be similarly relaxed. I’ve never been to a convention like that or anything remotely similar, so this’ll be a first for me… I’m off soon, and really looking forward to it!

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