On Friday, Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give) came to Austin on part of her On the Come Up book tour! I’d had tickets for months — it guaranteed one copy of OTCU and admission to the speaking and signing event — and was super excited.
Truth be told, I was having a really bad day before the event. I’d been working on a bunch of art projects simultaneously and feeling like I was failing at all of them, and had a creative temper tantrum that afternoon. (My “creative” tantrums are me sitting on the couch, brooding, telling myself that my work sucks and everything is a waste. I don’t get them frequently but when I do, it can be a real soulcrusher.) I decided to go work out and then I battled 5pm traffic to downtown and overpaid for parking before standing in line. BookPeople sold 700 tickets to the event and my friend who works there told me to line up early so I could get one of the first book signing tickets. That way I wouldn’t be waiting around for an hour after the Q&A to have my book signed.
The event was so popular, Angie would only be able to sign one book, and she wouldn’t personalize it. I was a bit bummed about that, but because I arrived early and held a place in line for a friend attending with me, she offered to get my OTCU signed and I had Angie sign my copy of THUG. (There was an option to buy a ticket to the event without buying a book, which is what my friend did. She has her copy on hold at the library.)
The event was not held at BookPeople’s store, but at a church with a big enough capacity. I was pleased that we were there early enough to get a seat in the 4th row aisle, so I could snap a few photos. (Bonus of being a wedding photographer: I own a long lens just for this specific purpose.)
If you’re going to see Angie on tour, this might be a spoiler for how things go, so maybe don’t read on. But if you’re curious otherwise… Continue reading “Angie Thomas & the ‘On The Come Up’ Tour”