I realized last week when I prepared a post about another author event that I have never posted any information about the Ruta Sepetys book signing that I went to back in February. I had such a fabulous time at the event that I really do want to share it with others. Better late than never I suppose.
This book signing was one of the most interesting ones that I have been to. I can honestly say that I learned at lot at the event and had a great time doing it. Ms. Sepetys was an excellent speaker and was eager to share her process with the audience. Salt to the Sea is a historical fiction novel that focuses on an event that isn't well known. She had a slideshow that showed pieces of her research which were absolutely fascinating. I was mesmerized.
This book signing not only made me want to read the book (which I am ashamed to say I still haven't had time for), but to also learn about the event and this time in history. As she discussed her research, it was very obvious at how detailed she was in putting this event together. She also shared a bit of her background and told how her father had been a refugee. This really puts a personal perspective on her work.
She spent some time showing all of the different covers of her books across the world. I found it really interesting when she shared that readers tell her that her books mean very different things in different parts of the world. It is because the story needs the reader to come alive. As she said - books mean what you think they mean because that is what they mean to you. This is one smart lady.
Did you know that one of her books are currently being made into a movie? Between Shade of Gray is currently in production as Ashes in the Snow. This movie sounds like it is going to be great.
She was so nice when she signed my book and really seemed to care about each of the readers that came to the event. Such a class act.
About the Book
Penguin Young Readers Group - Philomel Books
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.
As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.
Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.