14 April 2013

Book Launch for The Trusted by John M. Green

Now that I've started reading it, it's a good time to share with you my recent trip to Sydney to attend the Pantera Press book launch of The Trusted by John M. Green.
Book display of The Trusted by John M. Green
I was thrilled to be invited to the launch of John M. Green's third novel, following on from the success of Nowhere Man and Born To Run.

The Trusted is an eco-thriller, where a group of radical environmentalists strive to  cause a global depression in order to drastically reduce the world's population.

Held at Bar Cupola on Thursday 4 April 2013, close to 200 people gathered for the launch of The Trusted, and drinks and  delicious canap├ęs were enjoyed amongst the buzz.

Over 180 people attended on the night
While circulating, I enjoyed the opportunity to meet and chat with Pantera Press author B. Michael Radburn.  After reviewing two of his books (The Crossing and Blackwater Moon) and interviewing him here on Carpe Librum it was such a thrill to meet him in person. After begging him to write a book featuring the Librarian character from Blackwater Moon, he let me know his latest book will be coming out in a few months and I'll definitely be looking forward to that.

L-R: Tracey Allen, Wanda Wiltshire
and Wanda's friend, also a writer
I also met the warm and vivacious CEO of Pantera Press Alison Green, who acted as MC during the evening.  I was shocked and thrilled when during her opening speech she gave me a special thank you for coming so far to attend.  WOW!!!

Alison introduced me to new Aussie author Wanda Wiltshire who readily told me about her writing and her upcoming fantasy novel coming out in less than two months.  She is counting down the days until she becomes a published author and I sense she will enjoy much success.  Wanda and her friend (pictured right) had just been to a Kate Forsyth event and we eagerly compared notes on how much we all love her work and her as an author; it's funny how quickly bookish people can bond :-)
Author John M. Green signed many copies on the night

Then it was time to meet the guest of honour John M. Green who kissed my hand and thanked me for flying to Sydney for his event.  He gave me a copy of his book and signed it "We love you."  I was so happy!  Here's a pic of him below, there was a massive queue for those eager to have a personalised copy.

All in all, I had a brilliant time, and it was definitely worth the trip.  Back home, I found out the event was written up in the Weekend Australian social pages; fancy that!

I'm now 100 pages into The Trusted, and enjoying it so far!  Review to follow.

You can read a free extract here.

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