Midnitez here with my review of this month's meet! It was just me and Joe (Pasiphilo
) and he stayed longer so he would be a better reviewer, but, first come first served I guess? XD
Anyway when it was brought up that the DevMeet was at a Book Fair, I'm sure I like many of you who were free but not sure found it possibly a boring concept. You and I were wrong. Oh my gosh, I wish I could stay longer! Yes there were a lot of people selling chapter books but there were also some people selling graphic novels, comics and there was also a food area with different food samples. Oh and before I forget, the comic place we got to first had 1st addition superhero comics for $1 each; you missed out on an awesome deal.
And hey, though it was just me and Joe, some of the people selling their books are from DeviantART! We didn't exactly go around asking people if they had DA accounts or anything, though I did make sure to check their promotional cards / bookmarks for if they had DA links. So I don't know if Joe found more people after I left, but as we were walking through the convention center we met a group of guys selling their book and they are from the Winnipeg DeviantArt community. It's too bad they were from Winnipeg and not from here but it was still pretty cool. Second group of people we met were two nice ladies who were selling a children's book. Very impressive work, all hand-drawn, full color; it was beautiful. And hey, though not super active on DA because it's gradually gotten more complex to use (it totally has), they were from Toronto!
Anyway, we looked around for a bit, saw a lot of fun books, some reminders of our childhoods, went for lunch and then I headed off and Joe went back in. I and I'm sure Joe agrees; we wish you could come, it was awesome and totally worth the $15 admission fee. But hey, there's always the December Meet which is our most popular of the winter season. It's off to skating and more info on that meet will be posted soon I hope.
Pasiphilo here, just adding my extra notes to Midnitez' excellent recap.
The fellow Deviants we were fortunate enough to meet were Mili Fay
), a Toronto-based writer and illustrator who was showcasing her delightfully illustrated children's book, Animals in my Hair
; and Justin Currie (a.k.a. ChasingArtwork
), a talented illustrator from Winnipeg who was there with his colleagues showcasing their beautifully crafted story, Cassie and Tonk
In addition to chatting with fascinating and talented exhibitors, I was fortunate enough to sit in on three separate hour-long interview/Q&A sessions with world-renowned writers. Anne Rice
, best known for her enduring vampire tale, Interview with the Vampire
, was there talking about her latest novel, Prince Lestat
. William Gibson
, who brought the cyberpunk genre into hi-rez with his groundbreaking novel, Neuromancer
, spoke about his latest sci-fi novel, The Peripheral
. Margaret Atwood
, internationally acclaimed for works such as The Handmaid's Tale
, Cat's Eye
, and The Robber Bride
, charmed all with her wit and wisdom about writing and life and discussed her latest anthology of short stories, Stone Mattress
. It was an amazing opportunity to get to ask these writers questions and learn from their expertise. And those were just the writers I
saw - there were so many more speaking throughout the show.
The Inspire! Toronto Book Fair was an excellent show which would appeal to aspiring writers, those trying to get their work into the world, and fans of the written word in all its formats, from traditional prose to graphic novels. I'll definitely be going back again next year and hopefully you'll join us, too.