I’ve become somewhat of a TV/book tourist in the years since I started writing with Jen as Liv Spencer, and my own books as Calhoun. New York for Gossip Girl. Covington “Mystic Falls” Georgia for The Vampire Diaries. Iceland for Game of Thrones. (Just kidding on that last one — though admittedly the thought of casually running into Jon Snow did cross my mind….)
I was in London this past week for the London Book Fair — a big to-do where publishers from all around the world convene, show off their upcoming books, chat them up and try to sell them into other territories and languages. It’s very cool to see all the various things people are doing, in the book dept, around the world, and to meet with like-minded folks from halfway across the world. It’s also cool to be walking through the stands at Earls Court and see some Shadowhunters. The movie edition of City of Bones got some nice play at the S&S booth, but it was this poster that stunned me when I walked around the corner and suddenly had the Sight:
(Sorry — didn’t realize how soft the focus was on this until I pulled it off my iPhone. Seems like my Sight is not so crystal clear after all!)
After the fair, I tooled around with my darling friend who’s lived in LDN for the past 10 years, and she took me to the oldest bookshop in London. The bookshop where a certain young Shadowhunter once upon a time bought a copy of A Tale of Two Cities for one Tessa Gray.
Hatchards Piccadilly is a big big store with beautiful staircases up and down, now operated by Waterstones and all fancy like with its By Appointment to Various Royal Persons, operating since 1797. I went up to the Dickens section and picked up a copy of Two Cities, but already owning two copies of it myself I didn’t entirely recreate the Will Herondale moment. Instead I opted for a stunning copy of Dante’s Inferno. So as to be well-read and ready to talk circles of hell and their various temperatures during a daring rescue by a Shadowhunter.
So many moments from the Infernal Devices to be reminded of while walking around Central London — prime among them having a good look at Blackfriars Bridge and imagining Jem and Tessa on it.
It was perfect timing too: Jen and I are just finishing up the proofread on Navigating the Shadow World, it hits stores and e-shelves on July 1st, and we’re working away on a special free e-book companion reader to the book — more on that soon! — and Clockwork Princess was still fresh in mind. Very cool to walk the streets the Enclave crew would’ve over a century ago. Literary tourism is the best!