ArmchairBEA 2014Design by Amber of Shelf Notes



Let’s talk interacting with authors IRL (in real life) or online. This is your opportunity to talk about your favorite author readings that you have attended. Or, you can feature your favorite author fan moment (i.e., an author sent you a tweet or commented on your blog). Maybe you even want to share how your interactions have changed since becoming a blogger or share your own tips that you have learned along the way when interacting with authors as a blogger.

I can only remember one IRL interaction with an author, and that’s  a great author you should try if you don’t know her yet.
Here I am with Debra Dean:

with Debra Dean

I highly recommend you try her novel based on the life of a Russian Orthodox nun. Click on the covers to access my reviews:

Mirrored World

and/or her famous novel on the siege of Leningrad:

Madonnas of Leningrad

As for online interaction with authors, I do that a lot through Twitter and Goodreads, and it’s always lots of fun. I have opportunities actually almost daily to do so since I started France Book Tours, where I organize virtual book tours for books set in France. Since I started, I’ve had wonderful exchanges with authors and publishers.


ADDED at 10:00 a.m. : stupid me, I have had lots of interactions with authors through blog post interviews!! My stats say there are currently 19 on my blog, but I have the sad feeling that I may have forgotten to tag some!! Anyway, it is so cool to interview an author, to learn more about their writing process and what’s really beyond the book. Fascinating, as for instance with Will Bashor and his book on Marie-Antoinette.


 More Than Just Words 

There are so many mediums that feature more than just words and enhance a story in a multitude of ways. Examples may include graphic novels and comics, audiobooks, or even multimedia novels. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just the words and use other ways to experience a story. Which books stand out to you in these different formats?

Here are my 2 most favorite graphic novels ever. I call them graphic novels, but they are not your usual format of graphic novels: there’s rather an alternation between pages of text and gorgeous black and white drawings. When the story accelerate, you have drawings that highlight one aspect of the story. The art is so incredible – again access my reviews by clicking on the covers:

The Invetion of Hugo Cabret wonderstruck

Invention of Hugo Cabret

I always have an audiobook going on. Right now, it’s:

Murder in PigalleIt’s narrated by the amazing Meredith Mitchell, so good!

My best audiobook of all times is without one second of hesitation, and at the risk of not being original at all:

Ready Player Onenarrated by the extraordinary Wil Wheaton



17 thoughts on “Armchair BEA 2014: AUTHOR INTERACTION and MORE THAN JUST WORDS

  1. I’m going to have to check out the nun story. Thanks for mentioning it. I also enjoyed your description of the two books where the text and visual alternate to tell the tale. Thanks.


  2. Pingback: Armchair BEA 2014: wrap-up | Words And Peace

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