The entrance of the bar had a great photo set-up where we could take a picture in front of a backdrop similar to the book -and with props! Then inside the bar proper, there were drinks to be had, books to be bought, and seats around the main little stage area. My friend and I went to get drinks first (as you will) and they had lovely raspberry champagne on the house with cute little Siege and Storm flags.
Leigh's speech after that was very inspiring. How so many things seem attainable when you are young, but your optimism shrinks as you get older. But with readers we can still feel that hope and experience those dreams that we so believed in when we were young. I've never thought of it that way, but it is so true. With all the terrible things that happens in the world today, books aren't just an escape but a way to connect with a part of ourselves that loved to imagine. Which came so easily to us when we were young. I couldn't be happier to be a book lover at that moment. (Although holding "Siege and Storm" felt like a close second!)
The book signing was at the end, and there were lots of mingling (I suppose, I'm not very good at mingling) so my friend and I went and took a picture at the photo booth as our commemoration of the event. With swords and cool hats!
It was a wonderful event, so full of enthusiasm for books, and for the Grisha series and for Leigh, and I was so glad to have been a part of it. I hope for Ruin and Rising there will be a similar event! And now that I know Hemingway Bar exists, I really must go and visit it again!
I posted more pictures and Vine videos on my twitter account: bookishwhimsy. I'm a bit taken with Vine - the app where you create and share 6 second videos and I put three of them up. Here's one of Leigh reading as the Darkling (with Margaret Stohl acting as her Sun Summoner). Since it's 6 seconds, it's just one line really: