Event: #IndigoYAPreview Fall 2017

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This past Wednesday was an incredibly special day for me. Both as a book lover and a blogger. I was given the opportunity to attend Indigo’s Fall 2017 YA Preview event in Toronto. This blog post will detail the event itself and some of the books discussed, so you can have them on your radar and pre-order some of the ones you’re most excited about!

PS: If you’d like to see more photos and meet some of the other bloggers at the event, make sure to search for the hashtag #IndigoYAPreview on both Twitter and Instagram!

I arrived just at 5pm, where a bunch of fellow bloggers from the area were waiting to be let in around the entrance. We were soon invited upstairs, where a beautifully decorated room awaited us! We received the most warm welcome from the Indigo team, who had our name tags ready to go, a catered table of bagels and veggies, bubbly beverages and snacks galore! And of course, books everywhere!

We started the event with a bit of a mingling and eating session, where everyone was able to catch up and meet other bloggers! Shout out to my table-mate and amazing fellow booktuber Erika, who I hadn’t seen in ages! It’s always a pleasure to catch up with fellow book influencers.

Then we moved into sharing some brief introductions, of both the bloggers and the Indigo team conducting the events of the evening. It was great to meet the faces behind all the work we see on social media and also from the many stores around the GTA. Shout out to Ameema (Ajax), Shannon (Eaton Center), Taylor (Richmond Hill), Sydney (Eaton Center) and Teresa (Barrie), who came all the way downtown to gush about books with us!

Then….we talked about all the books! Below is a quick list with some brief notes on what you can expect this Fall season!

1. Highly Anticipated Novels: 

These are the titles that everybody and their mothers can’t wait to get their hands on! I may or may not have some of these pre-ordered already…ops.

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2. No Filter: 

This was my absolute favourite part of the night. We had Brandon, Chelsey, and Tina from the Indigo team explain to us about this new and exciting initiative in stores. A new table will be set up in the major store locations (others to follow in October) all about books with #NoFilter, written by smart and innovative young writers who are breaking the mold on what books can be; they are the voices of young people overcoming struggle and pushing boundaries. These books would often fall into too many categories, such as being a Young Adult book that is also a Memoir and discusses Well-Being. Where would these books go? Well, now they have a home! And in great company! A lot of these titles have been on my radar or are already on my shelves!

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Unlearn by Humble the Poet is due to come out in an exclusive partnership with Indigo! The cover we were shown at the event was different than the one I’ve listed, but I was not able to find the new one online. It must have been a secret…

3. Great Books for YA Explorers:

These are the titles that YA Lovers would likely really enjoy, if they’re willing to step outside of just YA fiction into essays, memoirs, humor, and other categories. I can’t give enough praise and love to ODWABDANOTWM by Scaachi Koul and Trust No Aunty by Maria Qamar.

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I am specially excited for Courage is Contagious and Quiet Girl in a Noisy World. That new Bad Feminist cover is also speaking to me…

4. Great New Contemporary:

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5. Great New Fantasy:

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We heard amazing praise for The Tiger’s Daughter from Angel, who vouched for this amazing Mongolian inspired fantasy queer story (not YA). The City of Brass was also compared to Uprooted by Naomi Novik, and Girls Made of Snow and Glass got amazing raves as a feminist Snow White retelling.

6. Great New Science Fiction:

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  • Artemis by Andy Weir – November 14, 2017
  • Warcross by Marie Lu – September 12, 2017
  • The Empress by S.J. Kincaid – October 31, 2017
  • Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller – October 31, 2017

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Nyxia got amazing praise from Taylor, who described it as the best combination of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Ender’s Game. She also gave a shout out to Otherworld (which I’m very excited for, as a huge Jason Segel fan), adding that the story is an interesting mix of sci-fi and fantasy.

7. Great New Paranormal and Dystopia:

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Overall I’d say a good portion of the people at the event had only amazing things to say about That Inevitable Victorian Thing, even though it doesn’t quite fall under the paranormal or dystopian categories.

8. Under The Radar:

These are books that deserve more praise than what they have been getting thus far! Stories were shared of people sobbing uncontrollably after reading The Mosaic. As you know, The Nowhere Girls has been on my radar for a while!

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9. Upcoming YA Events:

There are some amazing events coming up in Canada that need to be shared!

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AND FINALLY, the goody bag!

So many books!!!

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We were fortunate enough to receive a tote bag filled with ARCs of upcoming releases and recently published books. I was also very fortunate to win a copy of Trust No Aunty by Maria Qamar and also Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim during some of the trivia giveaways.

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Thank you so much again to Tina and the entire Indigo team for hosting such a wonderful and fun event! It was a pleasure to be sitting among some of my favourite book bloggers.

Have you read any of these titles yet? Which ones are you excited for? Let me know in the comments below!

As always, you can also find me on TwitterInstagram, and Tumblr. Happy Reading!

Happy reading!

Author: Marina

Books and comics enthusiast.

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