Blue Bicycle Books Signing With Alwyn Hamilton and Ryan Graudin

Alwyn Hamilton and Ryan Graudin came to the city of Charleston to promote their latest releases.

Alwyn Hamilton’s books in her Rebel in the Sands series. (photo by Judith Arendell)

The tour was to promote Hamilton’s third book of her “Rebel in the Sands” series.

Graudin came in to promote her earlier release of “Invictus.”

Hamilton and Graudin arrived early to their own event. They browsed around Blue Bicycle books as if they were normal customers. They shopped the cute vintage store that housed itself next to the bookstore, killing time until the signing.

The casual nature of the authors made the event special to attend. It was not built around the success of their series or the amount of recognition they get.

Ryan Graudin signing her book “Invictus.” (photo by Judith Arendell)

There were about five people that came to the signing. It may seem drab in its attendance, but it made it more personal.

It promoted casual conversation between authors and fans. The setting was unusual when thinking of a signing with successful authors and their work.

They created a circle of chairs, adhering to the size of Blue Bicycle books.

The talking began with mementos of their past experiences in the writing world. Every story was mesmerizing with its content. Hamilton brought up a magical sounding story of a writing retreat in a castle. Graudin brought up her unique experience of teaching in Singapore.

The conversation never reached a dull point. Fans were given the chance for direct contact and discussion with some talented authors they admired.

The circle discussed the two books as well as the process that they went through to produce them. (photo by Judith Arendell)

The conversation revolved around the writing, editing and publishing of their work. The fans were readers but also writers. They wanted insight into a world of such difficulty.

Hamilton and Graudin did not hold back in the retelling of this experience.

The authors believed that they were rambling and did not seem to realize the impact they are having on their fans. They were advising the next generation of writers and they could not have been more informative.

Of course, their series were mentioned throughout the conversation. They found ways to incorporate their books into each piece of advice they gave.

The authors posed with their books next to the full shelves lining the walls of Blue Bicycle Books. (photo by Judith Arendell)

The event did have a time limit so it had to be wrapped up. The authors ended the event with signing books and taking pictures with fans.

Everyone began to mill out of the bookstore and the authors began signing stock. Hamilton and Graudin made sure that all future fans would have access to signed copies of their work.

It is comforting the see that authors are not afraid to have a conversation with their fans. Authors can have established work but remain faithful to the people who made it all possible.

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Judith Arendall, a Nashville native, is a Junior english major with a Writing, Rhetoric and Publication emphasis. In Judith’s free time, aside from writing for CisternYard, she interns at Blue Bicycle Books.

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