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Event: #PTALive In Melbourne April 2014

on April 15, 2014

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Taking a little break from reviews to recap a bookish event I went to last night in Melbourne with Marg from The Intrepid Reader. #PTALive is hosted by Penguin Teen Australia and I went to the first one three years ago which was held in a board/meeting room of their old Camberwell building. There were probably less than 20 of us there but we had a great time chatting books, learning about their new titles and having a Skype chat with Marie Lu about her Legend series. Last year I went to the second Melbourne event which was held in their flash new digs in Collins Street and the turn out there was quite large – maybe close to 100? However for this third event, we knew it was going to be big when they moved it from Penguin HQ to the Hoyts cinema at Melbourne Central.

Yep, a cinema.

According to host Felicity who works in Media & Marketing for Penguin Teen AU, there were about 350 avid readers, bloggers, booksellers etc. When I arrived at Melbourne Central (running into Braiden from Book Probe Reviews and one of his book-selling colleagues) we made our way up the cinema and the line up was already huge. It was amazing how much this has grown, probably attributed to Penguin Teen AU’s presence on social media and the interaction that is maintained with readers. They’re always around for a bookish chat, to answer questions or to fangirl with over something exciting and readers respond to that.

Firstly, they flashed up some Penguin AU favourites:

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All of which got a big reaction of course! I’ve read all of these books except for Side Effects May Vary which is currently sitting on my TBR shelf.

What I love about these events, is that they’re not afraid to talk about those other books that they’ve loved which are published by different publishers! This slide, which included some of those, also got a lot of love.

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And YA titles they want!

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There was of course, discussion about the YA books that are being made into movies – Vampire Academy, Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars, If I Stay, to name just a few and also about other forms of media, such as the adaptations of Pride & Prejudice and Emma by Hank Green and Co, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved as well as mentioning the webseries of The Morganville Vampires. I’m kind of looking forward to the MV Vampires one – it’s going to be real interesting. It was funded by kickstarter and so far the casting seems quite appealing!

There was also some talk about community!

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There’s a huge focus on the community, which is a really enjoyable part of being a blogger and a reader! It’s great to have people to talk about when you’re obsessed with something and let’s face it – we’ve all been there! There’s facebook and twitter and blogs and Penguin Teen AU last year started a Wednesday night chat which starts around 7:30 with a different bookish related topic each week. Like these events themselves, those chats have grown and flourished as people flock to places where they can air their thoughts and passions.

Next Felicity aired the movie trailer for The Fault In Our Stars which is forthcoming this June as well as a little extra piece and talked about Bookworld’s competition where you can win tickets to an advance screening. Incidentally, Bookworld were present at the event selling books and that seemed like a great decision. I didn’t purchase any myself (to be honest, I own most of them!) but I saw numerous people lining up and purchasing great stacks of books. What better way to hook someone in with chat about a title and then go, hey you can buy that right now!

Next we got a sneak peak at the first episode of Penguin Teen AU TV and this was quite fun because there was a super secret special guest……

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Yep, Richelle Mead! Chatting about Silver Shadows and The Immortal Crown and cliffhangers and how she’s sooo appallingly cruel to her readers. Apparently Silver Shadows is best summed up in one word as “intense” and there is a “smaller cliffhanger”, nothing quite so epic as The Fiery Heart and it’s also quite romantic… so bring it on!

After that Felicity introduced Nicholas Wheeler, who plays Adrian Ivashkov in the book trailer the publisher does for the Bloodlines books. Okay, this was a hugely popular guest. There was squealing and giggling and when Nicholas was available for photos the line basically went the length of the room and I am not even kidding.

Then it was time for 2014 titles!

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Ok there were far too many to post all the screenshots individually so I turned them into this (kind of weird looking) collage. To sort it out a bit, the books (in order of publication) are:

  • Winning The Player, by Leesa Bow {14th April}
  • Popular, by Maya Van Wagenen {15th April} ** This was also the book everyone got in their showbags.
  • Breakable, by Tammara Webber {7th May}
  • Dangerous Creatures, by Kami Garcia & Margarent Stohl {20th May}
  • The Immortal Crown, by Richelle Mead {28th May}
  • Masquerade, by Kylie Fornasier {23rd July}
  • Silver Shadows, by Richelle Mead {29th July}
  • The Rapunzel Dilemma, by Jennifer Kloester {27th August}
  • The Revenge Of Seven, by Pittacus Lore {28th August}
  • Shatter, by Erin McCarthy {September}
  • The Infinite Sea, by Rick Yancey {14th September}
  • Unwanted, by Amanda Holohan {24th September}
  • Afterworlds, by Scott Westerfeld {24th September}
  • The Blood Of Olympus, by Rick Riordan {7th October}
  • Gathering Darkness, by Morgan Rhodes {December}

Some of those sound so amazing, I’m particularly looking forward to Masquerade and Silver Shadows. There’s another couple of books there that are part of a series that I’m hoping to get to soon at some stage, preferably when all of the books have been released. I have enough books where I’m anxiously awaiting the next installment.

Felicity also announced that they are looking at doing some topic-specific events, such as how to get into working in publishing, how to get into writing, or blogging, etc all of which sound like a fantastic idea. It’s pretty obvious that these events are getting really huge now in terms of showcasing their upcoming titles and some smaller, more intimate events where fans or aspiring writers, etc have the chance to meet and speak to authors or people involved in the bookish industry would definitely be beneficial.

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That was the end of the night so thank you Penguin Teen Australia, especially Felicity, who is an amazing host and the very hardworking Penguin team!

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3 responses to “Event: #PTALive In Melbourne April 2014

  1. So bummed I couldn’t make it 😦 but I kept abreast of everything via Twitter and it sounded *amazing* – as this recap clearly attests. Hope to see you at the next one!

  2. Hi Bree (I hope that’s your name)!
    I’m Kylie Fornasier, the author of Masquerade. I’m so delighted that you are excited about the release of Masquerade at the end of July. I’m very excited about it myself!
    To thank you for being the book’s first fan (not counting my wonderful family and friends who have to be fans), I’d love to send you a signed copy of Masquerade when it is released.
    If you’d like to send me an email (or jump on my website and fill out the contact form) with your postal address, I’ll make sure you are one of first the people to read it.
    Thanks for your support!
    Kylie

  3. […] first had my attention drawn towards this book at the PTA Live event that I attended in Melbourne way back in April of this year. The cover wasn’t final […]

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