Last night I went to the launch of Leah Bobet‘s debut YA novel Above (Arthur A. Levine Books). It was my first book launch experience (I’ve been to several signings but never a launch before). The launch was held at the lovely Hotel Ocho on Spadina and the turn out was fantastic–the place was packed! Unfortunately, I was running late so I missed the beginning but there was music, cocktails, snacks and, of course, books! Not being from Toronto, I didn’t know anyone but I did meet some lovely people from Bakka Phoenix Books. The food was delicious, especially the mini quiche, and I was very adventurous and tried some kind of puff thing with a fig on top (although let’s just say that smelled better than it tasted). Leah was extremely nice and signed everyone’s books. I thought I would share a few pictures from the event with you, so here they are:
Matthew has always lived in Safe, a community hidden far beneath the pipes and tunnels of the city Above. The residents fled to Safe years before to escape the Whitecoats and their cruel experiments, and now Matthew is responsible for both the keeping of Safe’s stories and for Ariel—a golden-haired shapeshifter, and the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen.
But one horrifying night, an old enemy murders Safe’s founder, Atticus, and the community is taken over by an army of shadows. Only Matthew, Ariel, and a handful of friends escape Above. Now they not only have to survive in a sunlit world they barely know, but they must unravel the mystery of the shadows’ fury and Atticus’s death. It’s up to Matthew to find a way to remake Safe—not just for himself and his family, but for Ariel, who’s again faced with the life she fled, and who needs him more than ever before.
An urban fantasy and a love story, Above is the breathtaking debut of an extraordinary new voice.