I did my first book signings for The Lord of the Hallows at AZKATRAZ 2009 in San Francisco this past July. When I arrived at the convention, I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that I would be doing a couple of author readings in addition to my regularly scheduled presentation as part of the formal programming. The authors I met at the convention included Melissa Anelli (author of Harry, A History and webmistress of The Leaky Cauldron fansite), John Granger (the Hogwarts Professor himself!), Travis Prinzi (author of Harry Potter & Imagination), Valerie Frankel (author of two Harry Potter parodies), and Dr. James Thomas (author of Re-Potting Harry Potter). Meeting John Granger was fantastic because I am a huge fan of his work, and I was truly flattered that Travis Prinzi, Valerie Frankel, and Dr. James Thomas bought my book. The presentations and the signings were a great success. I want to thank all of the fans who bought my book and gave me such positive feedback.
I am known as PhoenixWeasley at MyLeaky, the social networking site for Harry Potter fans over at www.the-leaky-cauldron.org. Here are some of the positive comments I have received from the Harry Potter fans at MyLeaky who have read the book:
“Greetings, Phoenix. I got your book today and have started reading it. It is very scholarly and very interesting. Well done!!!”–from FrescaROAR
“I am now reading the book and I love it. There are a lot of things that I hadn’t picked up on or hadn’t fully understood [about the Harry Potter series]… And, it is so cool to have such an interesting, in-depth positive look at Harry Potter… I love this book. :)”–from Moose_Star
“I’d love to someday see a second edition, more set up as a textbook, or a trade book, with full academic citation…Thanks for this, Phoenix Weasley!!!”–from JohannMdlAmerica
“I just finished reading your book–delightful. Broad in coverage yet concise. Thanks.”–from wordsaremagic
With regards to the quotations from 1 Corinthians 15:26 and Matthew 6:21 in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: “There has been a lot of debate by literary scholars about what these two passages mean in the context of Deathly Hallows. If you want to follow up on that, I recommend two books, The Lord of the Hallows by Denise Roper and How Harry Cast His Spell by John Granger.”–another quote from wordsaremagic.
These comments really made my day! I would like to sincerely thank all of the fans at MyLeaky who have shown so much support for my efforts as a writer.
I have a number of book signings coming up in my home state of Louisiana. Here’s what I have scheduled so far:
Saturday, September 12, 2009, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at “Art After Dark,” located at the Whitney Bank building in downtown Houma.
Saturday, September 26, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Cherry Books, located at 1054 Canal Boulevard in Thibodaux.
Saturday, November 28, 2009, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The Little Flower Bookstore, located at 674 Range Avenue in Denham Springs.
I will update this blog with additional book signing information as I receive it. On Wednesday September 9, 2009, the Houma Daily Courier and Thibodaux Daily Comet published a feature article on my book. I’d like to thank Laura McKnight for interviewing me. She did a great job! 🙂
Of course, many of the people reading this blog are not able to attend the book signings. The Lord of the Hallows is always available at www.outskirtspress.com/thelordofthehallows if you wish to purchase it online.