Sunday, 13 September 2015

Spotlight Sunday: An Evening with Patrick Ness.

A decently nice Ravenclaw who thinks his housemates dislike Harry Potter graced us with his presence this past Wednesday at the grand stadium that is Waterstones Liverpool One. He sadly did not deign to bring a Ravenclaw cake, although we assume Harry would have battled a dragon on it anyway.

Picture from @WalkerBooksUK

As you may have guessed the evening did include some Harry Potter references and Patrick revealing which house he had once been sorted into, but it didn't start out that way.

The evening in fact began, as many author events do, with rapturous applause before Patrick launched into a very exciting and enthusiastic reading. Beginning on page 216 and discussing the satyrical nature of the book - making me believe the name should have been 'Mikey just wants to go to college but the town's too weird and everyone's called Finn' - he really drew the packed out crowd into the story and made me want to read it even more.

This was then followed by a Q+A where Patrick discussed the YA genre, how he writes (generally always knowing the last line) and the upcoming A Monster Calls movie. He also told fans of The Knife of Never Letting Go, and a potential movie, to be optimistic and patient. Fingers crossed, that hopefully sounds like good news!

Picture from @WalkerBooksUK

It was a fantastic evening listening to Patrick's thoughts, and he of course was asked about the amazing fundraiser he began just over (under at the time) a week ago. If you don't know it, check it out; LINK. Though I unfortunately couldn't stay for the signing, it was an amazing experience that I'm glad I attended. The Rest Of Us is, quite obviously, my current read and a review should be up soon. Keep your eyes peeled!

For now, well done Patrick on the amazing book that is The Rest of Us, and the fabulous fundraising!

Holly @TheArtsShelf

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