I’m later than usual posting about the Harper Collins Frenzy event. Blame it on the move (I’m still unpacking and organizing).
I look forward to Frenzy Presents ever season. It’s a magical day full of good food, good books and awesome company. The Fall 2019 event was no different.
Frenzy started out with blank bingo cards. The premise was simple, we were to fill the cards out with words that we thought would be said during the presentation (with a few caveats). Once the presentation began rolling it didn’t take long for the bloggers and influencers to start calling out bingo. The pile of prizes disappeared pretty quickly.
With the prizes gone everyone settled in to hear about the upcoming books in the fall season. And I’m not going to lie, there is a lot to be excited about.
The Reading List
(All of the books discussed during the presentation)
Kingdom of Souls – Rena Barron
Five Dark Fates – Kendare Blake
Butterfly Yellow – Thanhha Lai
Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine – Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite
Unpregnant – Jenni Hendriks & Ted Caplan
A Treason of Thorns – Laura E. Weymouth
Break In Case of Emergency – Brian Francis
Suggested Reading – Dave Connis
Verify – Joelle Charbonneau
Angel Mage – Garth Nix
Crier’s War – Nina Varela
Dear Sweet Pea – Julie Murphy
Now Entering Addamsville – Francesca Zappia
The End and Other Beginnings – Veronica Roth
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All – Laura Ruby
The Memory Thief – Lauren Mansy
The Never Tilting World – Rin Chupeco
I Hope You Get This Message – Farah Naz Rishi
The How & the Why – Cynthia Hand
Crown of Oblivion – Julie Eshbaugh
The Sky Weaver – Kirsten Ciccrelli
Dangerous Alliance – Jennieke Cohen
Featured Presentation: Jasmin Kaur
To say that Jasmin Kaur is extremely talented is an understatement. Kaur is an author, a poet, an illustrator, a teacher and she writes and performs spoken word. She was the guest speaker at Frenzy presents, talking about the importance of diversity in fiction, her inspiration and her process.
She spoke about her process and her inspiration. Living as a Sihk woman she is hyper aware of people watching her. Kaur explained that questioning what’s going on through someone’s mind when they look at you is exhausting; but that is also where her work comes from. Taking back her own narrative.
Kaur was also there to promote her upcoming debut When You Ask Me Where I’m Going. The book is largely told through poetry but contains sections of prose. When You Ask Me Where I’m Going is divided into six sections that slowly dive into a person’s psyche; starting from the outside (Skin) and working all the way in (Light). The poems in the book deal with a wide range of topic from mental heath to trauma and abuse. The narrative follows a mother who is undocumented and their daughter. Kaur was very upfront with her cliffhanger ending, explaining that it’s meant to represent the uncertainty of living undocumented.
She did a few readings from her book and they were phenomenal. I’ve never been a big fan of poetry, but the poems that she read out were raw and powerful it was overwhelming. There was an option to get an arc of her book and Chelsey and I were first in line.
GET HYPED: The Swag Bags
Another super fun event at Harper Collins! There are so many good books coming out this fall and all around the same time. September 3rd alone is going to be an overwhelming day for releases. I already have so many books preordered.
What books are you excited about this fall? Tell me about them in the comments below. As for me I have A LOT of reading I need to do in the coming weeks.