This last Saturday, I had my very first book signing event for But I Could Never Go Vegan! at Kitson Melrose.
photo courtesy of Lori Adams
I was pretty nervous beforehand (all day leading up to the event, actually), but once I got there, and I saw my book on the display tables, I got really excited.
Kitson was sweet enough to make a little display sign in their window, letting people know about the event.
After crossing the street to get an almond milk matcha green tea latte at Urth Caffe (best green tea latte in LA, FYI) to get a little energy/confidence boost, I started setting up my vegan cheese platters.
In another life, I actually used to make huge elaborate cheese platters for fancy parties and because we were so close to NBC studios, I'd often make platters for studio events, like when Jay Leno wrapped the Tonight Show (the first time). It was something I loved doing and I had fun getting creative with the platters so I was excited to be able to do that again but with vegan cheese. On the menu for the event was my Tofu Chèvre (there is an updated version in my book), my Macadamia Ricotta, and my Carrot Cashew Pâté. I served it with a variety of breads and crackers, as well as olives, grapes, dried apricots and figs, marcona almonds and pistachios, and a store-bought tomato chutney (If I'd had more time, I would have made my Tomato Apricot Chutney, but there are only so many hours in the day).
Another special addition to the even was the wine. The Vegan Vine, a wine company co-owned by John Salley, the former NBA champion, very graciously donated wine to the event. Because most wines are refined using animal products, finding vegan wine can be a little difficult. It was very important to me that the wine we served be vegan and it was a huge honor to be able to serve The Vegan Vine's wonderful wines.
We had a steady flow of traffic throughout the night but not so much that I wasn't able to spend time talking with everyone. I got to meet several new people who bought the book after trying the cheeses the table, which was really rewarding. It was very interesting to listen to omnivores explain their reasons for not being vegan as they looked through the book. Each of them ended up buying the book.
I had some family show up, like my cousin and her daughter, Zakieh, and my sister-in-law brought me flowers which was super sweet. One of my readers, Michelle, who has been a regular commenter and supporter of Keepin' It Kind ever since it was born, came along with another reader, Angie, who I've come to know through Instagram and Facebook, so it was lovely to meet her in person. We had several of our friends show up and it was so touching to have them there too. I was also delighted that Erin and Jeff joined us for awhile, and later, Kathy, Whitney, and Jason came to hang out.
One of their friends, Koya Webb, came and it was a delight to meet her as well. Being the yoga-superstar that she is, she got us to do a group yoga pose with the book (though I'm not sure what I'm doing but I'm pretty sure it's not yoga).
photo courtesy of Koya Webb
It was later pointed out to me that I matched the cover of my book (thank you, Heather). That was not intentional.
The event was such a blast that before we knew it, it was after 10pm and the event was only supposed to go until 9! So we wrapped things up (and made sure the lovely Kitson staffers filled some plates with leftovers) and we headed out to a celebratory dinner at Gracias Madre. And then we went home and crashed.
None of this would be possible if it weren't for the incredible Courtney at Kitson for setting all of this up. Thank you so much, Courtney for helping to create such a wonderful event. Chris and I both are forever grateful for your hard work. Thank you to Sarah, Marilyn, and Jennifer at The Experiment/Workman for setting this up as well. I'm so happy to have you on my team. And most of all, thank you to all of you wonderful people who stopped by to say hi! You totally made my weekend.
If you were unable to make this event, there will be more in the future! In fact, my next event will be in January! Here are the details:
- LOCATION: Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069
- DATE: Sunday, January 11th, 2015
- TIME: 3pm
- DETAILS: I'll be giving a little talk, doing a little Q&A, and signing your books!
And in February, I'll be in San Francisco!
- LOCATION: Omnivore, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., San Francisco, CA 94131
- DATE: Sunday, February 15th 2015
- TIME: 3-4pm
- DETAILS: I'll be giving a little talk, doing a little Q&A, and signing your books!
There will be more events in the future, but since I'm working full-time, this book tour is a little more sporadic than your typical book tour. I will keep you posted!
And now... Remember that Mystery Cookbook Collection Giveaway that happened last week? Well, we have our winner! Congrats to Shastina Gamble and Celina Gunnarson! Thank you to everyone who entered!
Speaking of giveaways, have you entered the Vitamix 5200 Giveaway yet? Then what on earth are you waiting for? Get on that, people! Time's a tickin!
I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season! I'll be back again next week with my very own cookie recipe for the Vegan Cookie Swap Party!
Unless otherwise noted, photography by Chris Miller
Oh, what a fun event! It looks like it was a great time, and I loved seeing all of the pics. I'm so happy for you! No one could be more deserving of the success you've had, and I know there is so much still to come! xoxo
What a wonderful way to celebrate the launch of your book! The Kitson shop looks like the perfect spot and I love the cheese and wine set-up! I'm so glad to hear the event was successful. You deserve it. I'm waiting patiently for my copy of the book to arrive. I'm eager to dive in. 🙂
Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
Ah so fun!! I'm so excited for you and wish you were coming to the Midwest, someday!!
So glad we could stop by and say Hi.. That carrot cashew pate was so so good... Much success to you and your book tour next year. You so deserve it
Sounds like it was a fun night! I'm so happy for you and I love that you color coordinated your outfit with the book cover. 🙂 Congrats on your success!
how exciting! it looks like such an amazing event! i wish i could have been there. also, that cheese plate- swoon.
Meredith @ Unexpectedly Magnificent
Congratulations on such an amazing event! I'm not surprised it was so successful. I wish I could have been there!
Richa @ veganricha.com
yay! sounds like a fabulous event. you do match your book cover. so cool!:)
YOUR CHEESES WERE AMAZING Kristy! I was so so happy to make the event! Your book is amazingness. It seems like only yesterday we were chatting at Gratitude with Gena about it all! Xoxoxo
Aww, thanks, Kathy! And it does seem like time is flying by! Your book is going to be out so soon! xoxo
char eats greens
I would totally come to your book signing (but I'm in Florida haha!). Looks like it was a lot of fun. I am crossing my fingers that the hubby gets me your cookbook for Christmas (because it secretly would benefit him, seeing as I'll be the one preparing all the yummy food!) 🙂
Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
Congratulations! This is a really big deal and you should be proud of your accomplishments. So glad the turn-out for your party was such a success!
Come to San Diego!
Congratulations! I just got my copy of your book and it's looks amazing! It really stands out from the other vegan cookbooks....drool. Thank you!
Congratulations! I just got my copy of your book and it looks amazing! It really stands out from the other vegan cookbooks....drool. Thank you!
Congratulations Kristy! I wish I was in LA to celebrate this with such a fun crowd!!! PS I think you are doing yoga, some variation of chair... 😉
Aaaaa that cheese; looks so amazing, YOU are so amazing and I love that you match your book even if it wasn't on purpose 😉 !
I'm from Kansas City, and I am so glad to hear the book signing went well. I was in Barnes and Noble buying a gift, and I saw yours on display! Being in the BBQ capital of the US, having a vegan book on display is amazing. I flipped through it and it looks fantastic. If I don't get it for Christmas, I'll snap it up before the new year. Congrats!
Cleveland Ohio needs you!
Your book looks great! Congrats on its release and your first event!
This is all so very exciting! I can not wait to start cooking with your cookbook!
Congrats and best of luck! Ordering your cookbook now and so excited...I must admit I am still in the waffling stage, going back and forth as a fully committed vegan. Yet, your blog is one that keeps me so inspired and your recipes are so delicious and fulfilling!! Come to Portland, OR...would love to go to a book signing here! (Although I am from SoCal and may have to check out that "cheese" shop next time I am there!!)
Hi, Ms. Turner. I got your book as a Christmas present, and enjoyed it. I think you for the soy free Sunflower Sausage recipe and the Chickpea omelet recipe. One thing I'm going to point out is that if someone has a birch allergy, they're also allergic to jackfruit. 🙁 Just a heads up. I hope you can make it to Seattle one day.
Thank you, Karen!