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The Swan Thieves National Book Launch

January 14, 2010

When I heard that the National Book Launch of Elizabeth Kostova’s new book, The Swan Thieves, was going to be in Asheville, North Carolina, I knew that I had to go, and my sweet husband agreed to go with me.  The book launch was held at The Captain’s Bookshelf, a store that specializes in fine and rare books, which seemed fitting to me.

A few hundred people were in attendance on a blustery evening and many of them seemed to know and have great affection for Elizabeth.  There was excitement in the air as everyone visited and waited to have their books signed.  There was a photographer for The Asheville Citizen Times taking pictures and you can see some of her photographs on their website.

Here’s a video of Elizabeth’s reading.  I just got this camera for Christmas, and this was really our first attempt at using it, so it’s not perfect.  Early on, someone accidently jostled the camera and I thought about trying to edit it out, but that would have ruined the audio, so I left it in.  It doesn’t last long anyway.

Make sure you check out my giveaway for a signed and dated copy of The Swan Thieves.

40 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2010 6:13 am

    I could scream.

    Wish it goes international – as far as Philippines! How very lucky! Did you get your book signed?

    I wanna go to that bookstore too. I keep on complaining why there aren’t enough bookstores here to satisfy me. Maybe I could ask God..

  2. January 14, 2010 6:50 am

    Wow, what a great fun thing to do. Nice report too, with pictures even. I featured this book in a Waiting on Wednesday months back. I can’t wait to read it.

  3. January 14, 2010 6:59 am

    How exciting that you got to attend this event! I wonder why these incredible authors don’t come to Orlando? I am literally on edge to read this book. I loved The Historian so much!

  4. January 14, 2010 7:44 am

    That’s awesome!

  5. January 14, 2010 7:55 am

    This looks like an awesome event! I wish there were more near me. I really want to read The Swan Thieves, as well.

  6. January 14, 2010 8:03 am

    I’m so glad the weather cooperated and you were able to make the trek … looks like a fantastic event (and a fantastic book!)

  7. January 14, 2010 8:08 am

    Looks like this was an exciting event — thanks for sharing!

  8. January 14, 2010 8:59 am

    First, the quality of that video is great — what a cool new toy.

    How lucky you were to have been there! I hope someone, sometime comes to Centre Co. PA!

  9. January 14, 2010 9:26 am

    What a great day you must have had. This looks like a terrific bookstore too! I want to read this book!

  10. January 14, 2010 9:34 am

    Gah! Thats so great! :)I will be checking out that giveaway!

  11. January 14, 2010 9:57 am

    Wow.. I just can’t wait to read that book.. So nice to know you could make it to the event ..Video is really good

  12. January 14, 2010 10:06 am

    You’re such a lucky lady, Kathy! I’ll be sure to check out your video at home tonight. I’m excited to see it. I got my tripod last week and I need to decide what I want to do for my first vlog. 🙂

  13. January 14, 2010 10:45 am

    How exciting that you got to attend this event Kathy. I sure wish I lived somewhere that we had more of this kind of thing.

  14. January 14, 2010 11:46 am

    How wonderful! This looks like a terrific bookstore. 🙂

  15. January 14, 2010 12:46 pm

    What fun!

  16. January 14, 2010 2:01 pm

    I enjoyed your video so much. Thanks for sharing. How exciting to get to meet Elizabeth Kostova. I actually just bought The Historian today. I have The Swan Thieves on my wish list.

  17. January 14, 2010 2:28 pm

    Your video was great, excellent quality and you had a great spot to film it! I haven’t read any of Ms. Kostova’s work and I am going to add them to my wish list and enter your giveaway. We both got to go to author events, they are so inspiring!

  18. January 14, 2010 2:46 pm

    SOOOOOO Jealous!!! What a great turnout! I can’t wait to read this book!

  19. January 14, 2010 2:47 pm

    Kathy the video came out really good.

    The event sounds like it was a blast. The bookstore looks so cute.

    I even checked out the photos that were taken of the event and Carl and you are in them woohoo.

    Enjoy your new toy 🙂

    Are you bringing it to BEA?

  20. tea permalink
    January 14, 2010 3:12 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe you were there. Thanks for letting us watch the video. Wonderful.

  21. January 14, 2010 3:59 pm

    How great that must have been to go to an author signing. Can you believe I’ve never been to one before? Definitely need to start.

  22. January 14, 2010 4:04 pm

    That was lovely to hear the author reading her own work. It looks like you had a front row seat. Thanks so much for sharing this event with all of us. Isn’t technology great!

  23. January 14, 2010 4:08 pm

    I want to live where you live!!!

  24. stacybuckeye permalink
    January 14, 2010 4:09 pm

    Looks like you had a fun author meeting too 🙂

  25. January 14, 2010 5:56 pm

    You have such a good husband! I love Asheville – have gotten to go there a few times for work and think it is such a funky, cool town. Glad you had fun!

  26. January 14, 2010 6:58 pm

    That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing, Kathy!

  27. Julie H. permalink
    January 14, 2010 7:45 pm

    What a great adventure! How fortunate it was close by for you! I can’t wait to read it.

  28. sumanam permalink
    January 14, 2010 8:08 pm

    What an experience, thanks for posting it. Btw did you get your book signed?

  29. January 14, 2010 9:38 pm

    Fun, fun, fun! She should consider Morro Bay for her next book. 😀

  30. January 14, 2010 9:44 pm

    So very cool!! I love Asheville, and the fact that Ms. Kostova had her national book launch there, is perfect! I would have loved to have been there. It sounds like it was a great event!

  31. January 15, 2010 12:08 am

    wow, thanks for the video and bringing it to us. It must have been fun, she sounds so sweet and nervous 🙂

  32. January 15, 2010 6:24 am

    How lovely that you got to see her. I get such a buzz out of meeting authors. I wish we had more opportunity over here.

  33. January 15, 2010 7:36 am

    Sounds like you had a great time!


  34. January 15, 2010 12:48 pm

    I just got this book in the mail this week. She sounded great. Awesome! Thanks for sharing the video.

  35. January 15, 2010 1:34 pm

    This is awesome! No one ever comes to Philly, at least that I know about. What a great experience. I’ve been to one book reading, a book about knitting, and that was such fun.

    I loved the Historian, so I definitely want to read this one.

  36. January 15, 2010 1:43 pm

    What a wonderful evening.

  37. January 16, 2010 10:01 am

    I’m reading backwards – You got to go to the launch!! oh how cool – lucky you!

  38. January 16, 2010 4:21 pm

    You did a fabulous job as a camera person!

    It looks like you had a wonderful time. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  39. January 18, 2010 4:07 pm

    What a wonderful event! I would have loved to have been able to attend and have gotten her autograph! It sounds like you had a really lovely time, which is awesome as well!

  40. January 18, 2010 7:37 pm

    I love this post! That IS very sweet of your husband to go to the book launch with you. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the book giveaway. I’m praying hard too. LOL

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