The Peeta Incident

Greetings from Austin! I’m getting ready for an event tonight with Siobhan Vivian (The List – which I raved about here) and Maggie Stiefvater (Shiver, The Scorpio Races) at Book People. Our editor, the legendary David Levithan, will be moderating and it will be sure to be a fabulous time.

I’ve been having an absolute blast in Texas. I started off in Dallas and did some awesome schools with the beyond fabulous librarian Rose Brock (it’s been decided that Rose and I are basically the same person). Needless to say, I was excited to finally get out there and talk about Take a Bow.

I screamed when I saw this and jumped out of the car. Who's a big nerd? ME!

After Dallas I headed to Houston for TeenBookCon. I was on the panel Reality Bites with Siobhan (my new BFF), Lisa McMann (Dead to You), Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray), and Jesse Andrews (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl). I don’t want to brag, but we were AWESOME. I don’t think I ever laughed that hard on a panel.

The laughter wasn’t reserved only for the panels. On our way back from lunch, I saw that they had a bunch of cardboard standees from various YA movie adaptions, including Peeta from The Hunger Games. I gave Lisa my camera and asked her to take a picture of me with Peeta. I ran up to him and well, apparently you weren’t supposed to touch the standees since they could break. And as you can see from this brilliant photo, I got in trouble (see the woman waving at me frantically). 

"Don't touch the talent!"

Oops. After I was reprimanded, I took another, more appropriate, photo. Notice that I’m not touching Peeta at all.

Jealous much, Gale and Jacob?

This is further proof that I really shouldn’t be allowed out of my house. Ever. I can report that I pretty much behaved for the rest of the day (mostly). I LOVED meeting everybody at the festival and putting Twitter handles to faces. I also was asked to sign my very first shoe, this made me VERY excited. Thanks Ami!

After tonight in Austin, I’m heading back to Houston for TLA, then more events to come in Portage, WI; Naperville, IL, Cambridge, MA; Atlanta, GA; and Nashville, TN. See my EVENTS page for details. Hope to see you out on the road!

XO, Elizabeth

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11 Responses to “The Peeta Incident”

  1. LOVE the Peeta incident. Classic.

  2. Connie Onnie says:

    I have similar pictures of me with cardboard cut outs not to mention that I own a James Dean cut out, my friend gave him to me for Christmas in High School.

  3. Lisa Stultz says:

    I’m happy to report that due to Ms. Wu’s diligence, none of the cardboard cutouts were harmed in the making of anyone’s photos on Saturday. Which is good, since they were all borrowed and now we’ll be able to use them again next year. :)

    Thanks for making Houston fall in love with you all over again…

    Here’s hoping for the Elizabeth Eulberg three-peat!

    Cheers

  4. Gale looks pissed that you’re humping Peeta. Is he jealous?

  5. I would do EXACTLY what you did, down to the straddling and all. ;) It’s Peeta we’re talking about. I mean, DUH. This post made me giggle so hard!! Thanks for making my day! ;)

  6. Haha, my daughter is going to be so excited you posted about her shoe. :D

  7. Alexis says:

    Counting down the days ’till you come to Wisconsin! So excitied!

  8. Surbhi says:

    wish i could meet you……….you actually inspire me to finish that novel on my desk….. xx

  9. Thanks Surbhi! What a huge compliment and CONGRATS on finishing your novel! XO

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