TOGA PARTY! (For Heroes of Olympus #2)

October 2nd, 2011 by

toga-party-signYou know how it’s always nice and sunny when you don’t have any plans, and then the one day you have a big outdoor event to attend, it POURS? Well, that’s kind of what happened to us yesterday.

Rick Riordan’s publishers held a toga party in New York yesterday, to celebrate the upcoming release of The Heroes of Olympus Book 2: The Son of Neptune (in stores October 4). As you know from our many, many posts about his books, we’re HUGE fans of Rick Riordan, so we’d been looking forward to the shindig all week.

But apparently, Zeus did not care. Because right when we got to the event, it rained and rained and rained. And rained and rained. And rained.


Luckily, no lightning! (Maybe someone stole Zeus’ lightning bolt again?) But still, the rain meant the party shut down early and we missed seeing Rick Riordan. Well, we did hear him saying goodbye to the crowd as we ran towards the stage, but he had disappeared into The Mist by the time we got there…

At least some of the gods hung around! And they weren’t shy about posing for a photo with Karen:


Hey, mister! Watch where you swing that anvil!

The gods were also kind enough to pose with some young Romans:


Or are they Greek? Without the colored T-shirts, it’s hard to tell. Luckily, these guys made it easier to tell their allegiances:


Although we should mention that when Karen said these two campers looked pretty chummy for members of enemy camps, they said they’d be friends soon. Could it be they know something we don’t about what’s coming in The Son of Neptune?! Maybe they got inside info from this goddess they were hanging out with:


Well, we may not have gotten the inside scoop, but we did leave with some fun swag!


Heroes of Olympus character cards, pen, and bookmark.

And we weren’t the only ones who snatched up the goodies. Check out these happy campers:


A big thanks to these lovely ladies who were watching over the event:


But a big NO THANKS to the wind spirits who rained on us…


So, are YOU planning read The Son of Neptune when it comes out? Leave a comment and let us know! And if you haven’t already, you can get a sneak peek here!

— Nancy and Karen

4 Responses

  • Ms. Yingling writes:
    October 3rd, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Oh, what fun! Giving consideration to having a toga party at lunch in the library… but probably not. I’ll have to do a drawing to see which five students get their hands on the book first.

  • isaias writes:
    October 4th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    gostei de mais dessas fotos, eu queria está lá no evento pra ver o rick riordan e comprar meu exemplar do livro the son of neptune, mesmo que nao eu saiba falar ingles eu queria só pra ter mesmo. : )

  • sakura writes:
    December 28th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I’m in japan so I could not go.I really wanted to go and get some stuff like a toga, a laurel wrath, some fake weapons, and most of all I wanted to shake hands with Rick Riordan which I did NOT get to do and I’m really disappointed!!! );

  • sakura writes:
    December 28th, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Maybe I was not there but I at least hope the many lucky people who DID go to olympian week had a wonderful time!!! ( ^#^ )

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