Hilarious Times With David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Tonight was the first of many wonderful bookish nights in the next month or so. You can check out My Bookish Calendar to see where else I’ll be.

Fortunately this one was only a few minutes from my house. Literally. I think it took me 3..maybe 4? Anyways, it was smack dab in the middle of town which is always busy on Friday nights. It took me almost 15 minutes of driving around trying to find a parking spot while trying to avoid hitting the hooligans loitering all around town. It’s pathetic that it took me longer to park than to drive there. Either way, I ended up getting lucky after driving around for a while and found a guy leaving right in front of the store. SCORE!

I walked in and tried to look nonchalant whilst browsing as nobody was around the table yet. I am a really friendly and outgoing person…but not so much when I’m alone. I was starting to feel really awkward about this whole situation. Finally, I saw people starting to go towards the table so I followed!

Both David and Rachel were so friendly. There was much chatting and laughing with everybody who was in front of me in the line. I couldn’t wait to get up there! I finally made it up there and asked them if they would be reading or anything like that. They said that they weren’t scheduled to. I was distraught! They really wanted to read so they started to ask if it would be ok and they made it happen! So, I browsed some more until they started the reading.

If you have not seen David Levithan read, you are seriously missing out. He is hilarious in general but his reading voices made my day. If you have read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, all I need to say is that he read from the Santa Claus part. HOLY HELL. I almost peed my pants. I should have recorded this but unfortunately I don’t have a brain sometimes.

After they both read there was an awesome Q&A time. Some things I learned:

1. Their collaborative process for this book is crazy! They don’t even have a plan of where they are going with it. David will email a chapter to Rachel and then she’ll send one back and so on. They just feed off each other and have no planned plot. It was really incredible to hear them describe it.

2. They sold the rights to Dash & Lily so I asked them how hard it is to let their babies go into the hands of the movie people and if it is hard because you picture the characters a certain way. They said that it really is hard but they really like the producer for Dash & Lily. They also mentioned that they both LOVED how Nick & Norah turned out (which I fully agree!) so that was a good experience for them but a lot of authors don’t have the same experience.

3. Along with that question we learned that David does not AT ALL picture his characters when he writes them. Most authors will have a vision in mind for what a character looks like and what their style is but David literally doesn’t see them at all so he didn’t really have an idea casting in mind for Nick & Norah. He doesn’t SEE a character even when he reads. I find that so interesting because I create very vivid pictures of characters when I read!

It was a delightful night and I was so glad to meet the two of them! Oh the life of a book blogger.. 🙂

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Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she’s actually that old. When she’s not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.


  1. I was at the event tonight! It was so much fun. I also thought it was interesting that David doesn't picture characters, because I don't either. I've never met anyone else who doesn't.
    I'm so glad they ended up reading.

  2. TNBBC Super Mod says:

    Jamie! That is really awesome. I am so glad that you had a good time. Isn't it funny how authors can appear to darn intimiating to us? I am glad you went!

  3. I so wish there was video of that reading. The Santa scene is hilarious. As are most of the scenes. I'm so in love with this book.

    That is interesting that he doesn't picture characters. I'm not a very visual reader. There are some books that are almost excessively descriptive where I can sort of see what is going on, but in general I don't really visualize what I'm reading. I usually imagine that authors have some idea of what their characters look like in their heads, though.

    Interestingly, Dash and Lily were characters that I could almost picture even without tons of descriptive detail.Perhaps because they were just that awesome 🙂

  4. This sounds like such an amazing signing! I've read one David Levithan book but need to pick up something by this pair. I think I'll get myself Dash and Lily's Book of Dares!

  5. I am so jealous. I have such an author crush on David Levithan. (In my head, I call him Dave, lol).