We discovered Naomi Novik at the Mysterious Galaxy booth at WonderCon. She was signing samplers of her new book, Uprooted. She was all by herself so we talked to her for a while. We told about standing in book lines at ComicCon, surrounded by people reading the sampler for Uprooted. How excited we all were to read the book. How angry we all were when we saw the publication date, which wasn't revealed until the very last page. It was crummy to get us all excited for a book that doesn't come out until May 2015.
Ms Novik laughed and apologized. When our scribe told her book was on preorder, she signed a special bookplate for it. A great WonderCon souvenir.
Your scribe's other favorite acquisitions at WonderCon? Two volumes of Russ Manning's comic strips (half price at Tony Raoli's booth) and The Centennial Celebration Tarzan from the Edgar Rice Burroughs booth. There were lots of other goodies, but these and the bookplate are the favorites.