Event Recap: Sam Maggs

I’ve been to a few book launches, publishing celebrations, and author events over the past year, and I have to say that this one has probably been one of my favourites.

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Sam Maggs’s launch of her book The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy (full review here) was such an important one for me for a few reasons:

  • It’s a book about feminism with regards to being a fangirl (how to deal with trolls on the internet telling you you’re not “a big enough fan” by quizzing you to make sure you know every detail of the fandom);
  • It hits home for me as a geek (by giving great examples of where to find fellow geeks in your area and how to make geeky friends, plus some great tips on how to survive a whole weekend at a con!);
  • And last but not least, Sam Maggs is a blogger gone author, which is kind of exactly what I want to do with my life (so I was totally inspired).

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So watching this wonderfully talented woman get up and humbly thank everyone involved in her book’s production almost put tears in my eyes.

The launch was held at The Pilot Tavern downtown Toronto, which was a nice 3-storey pub, of which we took over the entire second floor. Fangirls of every age and gender bore their favourite fandom t-shirts and enjoyed a drink as they picked up a free Fangirl’s Guide poster and discussed Maggs’s new book (to be released May 12th!).

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I think one of the reasons why I loved this event so much was because it was a kind of mash up of two of my favourite things: book events and Fan Expo. It was a room full of geeks, dressed up in total geekdom, talking about a geeky book. People saw what shirt you were wearing and then stopped to talk with you for five minutes about your favourite episodes of Firefly or Doctor Who. The atmosphere was very relaxed and welcoming, which was very true to the audience Maggs reached with her book.

When Sam Maggs arrived, there was a large applause for her that circled the pub – fans clapping and cheering, showing their appreciation. Maggs stopped near the book-selling table so that she could sign everyone’s copies and take photos with them.

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I’m always nervous and never know what to say to authors, but Sam was so personable and easy to talk to – she asked about my blog and mentioned that she too sometimes feels as though her posts are a shout into the void. She was just super sweet and my boyfriend and I really enjoyed getting a chance to speak with her!

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Besides the obvious perks about going to a book launch (meeting the author, getting things signed, getting books, etc.), I also really enjoyed just sitting around and chatting with my book blogger friends. I’m a girl who’s into books and who spends most of her free time on a computer, needless to say I don’t get out much. So I really treasure nights like these where I’m able to go to a bar and have a drink with my friends while we discuss books instead of doing it behind a computer screen.

It was such a great night, and I really recommend The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy to every fangirl, (even if you’re a fanboy!) It’s a book that really helps everyone feel comfortable being a geek, no matter what your fandom.

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