HarperCollins Canada: Frenzy Presents
(Spring 2018 Edition)
On April 8, 2018, I attended Frenzy Presents, a YA-centered book preview event hosted by HarperCollins Canada (HCC). As HCC recently moved to a new office location, closer to the core of Downtown Toronto and merged with Harlequin side of things, attendees got to see their new digs (which is hella lit and has an amazing “new office furniture” scent — which…yes, of course that’s a thing I would enjoy).
So many thanks to the team at HCC Frenzy for allowing me to participate in an afternoon of wonderful bookish company. And for potentially exploding my TBR shelves. As one does.
For more details and other thoughts from this event, peruse the Twitter hashtag #FrenzyPresents!
Pre-Preview Ritual: The Grub
This isn’t so much of a ritual anymore than to just say that I need fuel before going into the frey of imploding your Goodread shelves. I went to grab some brunch goodness before the event and, yes, of course ya boy got eggs benny. I love food far to much to not share. Also, there were these doughnut holes that were hella good but I couldn’t take a photo of them because they were inhaled real quick.
Thought I just had to mention food because food.
Frenzy Presents: Spring 18′ YA Preview
We began the event with a quick video looking back at the year HCC Frenzy had, with milestones including reaching 10k Twitter followers, hosting Becky Albertalli, Julie Murphy and Angie Thomas in Canada, screening of Love, Simon (which I graciously attended), among other highlight reel moments. My tweet mentioned in my Love, Simon was also featured in the reel! That was pretty neat.
But then we got to [book] business.
Spring 2018 In A Glance
Showcased below is the list of books Frenzy spotlighted. It’s not inclusive of all titles releasing under the Harper/Harlequin YA umbrella but what they’re excited for.
Are there of these covers that entice you? Let me know!
Spring 2018 Books I’m Excited For!
I would normally go through “every” book, but I don’t know what I could say that could entice you more than the cover lust above. So I’ll highlight some key titles for me.
Leah on the Offbeat (Becky Albertalli – April 24, 2018)
Reasons: Ah, you know, it’s related to that one book no one has really heard of called Simon v.s. the Homosapiens Agenda.
War Storm (Victoria Aveyard – May 15, 2018)
Reasons: The end is in sight! (Although we all know I wasn’t particularly fond of Red Queen and Glass Sword — haven’t read King’s Cage — but I do want to see this story through to the end.)
Onyx & Ivory (Mindy Arnett – May 15, 2018)
Reasons: Considering I make orders with couriers on the daily, having a protagonist who’s initial profession is a courier…I mean, this is some voodoo wizardry of fate.
Monday’s Not Coming (Tiffany Jackson – May 22, 2018)
Reasons: From the author of Allegedly, Jackson delivers another one-two punch of mystery focusing the narrative on the disappearance of black women.
Summer of Salt (Katrina Leno – June 5, 2018)
Reasons: This was not on my radar at all…except now I hear a lot of buzz for this literary fantasy story.
Heretics Anonymous (Katie Henry – August 7, 2018)
Reasons: Stop the fucking presses. This book sounds rad as all heck. Saved By The Bell meets Saved is the pitch. Give me all the humour.
“Michael is an atheist… …But Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism.”
Bonus: Friendships and Bookish Hauls
With every book preview event comes mingling. And though yours truly is usually an awkward beaver, he was alright this afternoon. Plus, I got to finally slow-motion-run-hug Jamie (Books and Ladders, bottom right in green), who despite having blogged in the same Twitter-space for years, I’ve never attended the same events as her. So that’s neat. Overall, it was just nice to catch up with everyone again!
At the end, they provided swag bags to attendees and I received the following in his:
Which Spring 2018 release are you excited for? Which cover designs have caught your attention?
Let me know!