That time I met Ransom Riggs and he was totally charming, by Robin
I don’t always do everything John Green recommends in one of his Vlogbrothers videos…but I do always consider it. One day, almost in passing, he mentioned that his college friend Ransom Riggs was having a book published. And that he thought it was quite good. Good enough, in fact, that he had blurbed it. That was enough for me. I set off to my local book store to reserve a copy. To my great surprise, I found that Ransom Riggs would soon be coming for a book store event and signing. Have I mentioned how much I love my local book store?
Soon enough the day arrived and I took my copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children to meet its author and be signed. I knew this was early in his signing schedule and perhaps one of the first he had ever done, so I wanted to be there to show my support. To my delight (although he seemed quite nervous) Mr. Riggs turned out to be articulate and charming. He seemed a bit at sea for what was supposed to happen at these events, but he soon settled in to a rhythm of answering questions. He paid special attention to the teens and tweens in the audience – always a good sign.
When I got to the front of the signing line, I let him know that I had been specially sent by John Green and that he should probably be expecting more of us on his tour. We chatted for a minute, and I mentioned that I am a Middle School librarian. He immediately hopped up from his seat and extended his hand for me to shake, saying how much he loves librarians. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you do it.
As part of Quirk Books Week, Quirk Books has generously donated a prize package for one lucky winner that will include 2 of the above cookbooks, a copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, the first book of the Lovecraft Middle School series, and a copy of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. I’ve tried to give you as many ways as possible to enter so pick the one (or ones) that work best for you and do the Rafflecopter thingy below. The giveaway closes on Saturday, December 14th and is open to U.S. Residents. The books will be sent to you from Quirk Books and they are worth it.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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