“Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.” Leigh Bardugo brings us back to the Grishaverse with a new collection of Grisha folklore and a tour. The Book! The Event! The Author! We’ve got everything you need to know when Leigh Bardugo and the Midnight Tales Tour come to Tampa, FL. It took some dangerous magic but it’s happening at Inkwood Books, Wednesday, September 27th…..and WE GET TO MODERATE!!!

The Book

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic 

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

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The Event

Midnight Tales Tour at Inkwood Books Tampa September 27th, 7pm to 9pm



Inkwood (in Tampa Heights)

1809 N. Tampa Street (entrance is on Franklin Street)

Directly across from the Hall on Franklin

Author Interview! Tampa book bloggers Carmen & Ann-Eliza from YAWednesdays.com discuss folklore, magic and the Grishaverse with Leigh Bardugo.

Costume Contest! Guests are encouraged to attend dressed as his or her favorite character from the Grishaverse. Top three costumes will win gift certificates to Inkwood Books!

Photo Booth! This is going to be a fun night, and you will want to remember it! Make sure you take advantage of our photo wall, and be sure to tag @InkwoodBooks @FierceReads and @yawednesdays in your posts.

Ticket Details: This is NOT A TICKETED event. However, guests are required to purchase a copy of The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo from Inkwood Books in order to get into the signing line at the event. Purchasing your book from our store allows us to continue bringing authors to Tampa Bay, and we appreciate your support! Pre-orders may be made online, in store, or over the phone by calling 813-253-2638. Books will also be available for purchase at Inkwood – Tampa Heights on the night of the event, Sept. 27th.

At the time of your arrival to the event, when you pick up your book from will-call or purchase a book, you will be assigned a ticket number. This indicates your place in the signing line.

Books may be picked up at Inkwood Books (216 S. Armenia) beginning Tuesday, Sept 26 (the book’s release date) through noon on Wednesday, September 27th. Books not picked up by noon on Wednesday, may be picked up at the event.

Location Details: This event will be at Inkwood’s future home, 1809 N. Tampa Street. The entrance is on Franklin St., directly across from The Hall on Franklin. Parking can be found in our parking lot directly in front of our entance on Franklin St., on the street, or in public parking lots.

Signing Guidelines: Directly following the presentation on Sept 27, guests will be called up by number to wait in line.

In addition to your purchase of The Language of Thorns, you may have up to 2 books brought from home, and an unlimited number of books purchased at the event signed by Leigh Bardugo. Due to time restraints, you may be asked to select just 1 title to have personalized.

Costume Contest: There will be a costume contest!  If you would like to enter the contest, please let one of our booksellers know. We will take a photo of you, and share the photos of all entrants with Leigh. She will select the top 3.

Photography Guidelines: Video and flash photography are not permitted during this event. Photos without flash are allowed and encouraged. However, due to time restrictions photos in the signing line may be limited to “unposed” photos only. An Inkwood bookseller or volunteer will be on hand to help take your picture.

CAN’T MAKE IT? If you’d like a personalized book but are unable to make the event, please call us at 813-253-2638 to pre-pay and we’ll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped anywhere in the United States.

The Author


Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. With over one million copies sold, her Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns— with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies, including The Best of Tor.com and the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer, and the forthcoming Ninth House. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California, graduated from Yale University, and has worked in advertising, journalism, and even makeup and special effects. These days, she lives and writes in Los Angeles, where she can occasionally be heard singing with her band.

And of course, this means Carmen gets a do-over on the infamous SDCC2016 photo with Leigh. This time we guarantee she’ll keep her eyes open!

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Don’t blink, Carmen!!!

For more information check Grishaverse.com or contact Inkwood Books. We’ll see you September 27th!