Daughter of Smoke and Bone for Hodder & Stoughton's Biannual Book Launch
I oversaw all aspects of the production of Laini Taylor's 'Daughter of Smoke and Bone' immersive experiential gala at Hodder & Stoughton's biannual book launch at Cafe de Paris, during my time as manager of Prangsta Costumiers.
As one of their best selling authors, the lovely team at Hodder and Stoughton wished to really make her feel welcome in the United Kingdom. It was such a pleasure to work on this event, research and develop the characters into a flesh and blood real life experience, and to be witness to how delighted Laini Taylor was to step into the world which she created, that we created for her.
From liasing closely with the publishing team, researching the characters in the novel, casting entertainment, providing a risk assessment of the venue, providing make up & styling guides, booking the make up team, managing the evemnt staff, dressing members of Hodder & Stoughton's core team in appropriate costumes, providing live baroque music to accompany the procession of the chimerical and add the right level of playful yet professional ambience to the carnivale of characters, to rehearsals of the speeches, and managing and art directing Prangsta's incredible provision of set design to the entire Central London venue, Daughter of Smoke and Bone was staged to hugely evocative effect.
HODDER & STOUGHTON PRESENT
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
AT THEIR BIANNUAL BOOK LAUNCH
As manager of Prangsta Entertainment I directed experiential set design, costumes, props and entertainment for Hodder & Stoughton’s production of the biannual book launch at Café de Paris. The commission was to recreate their best selling author Laini Taylor’s book ‘A Daughter of Smoke and Bone’, bringing the immersive mythical experience to life for invited booksellers from across the UK. The decadent surrounds of the opulent London nightclub became a mythical theatre, strung with teeth and seraph wings, characters such a Brimstone and Karou were brought to life as as patrons enjoyed a sit down meal, and presentations of new titles from Hodder & Stoughton’s directors dressed as chimerical characters from the book.
It was Laini Taylor’s first visit to the UK, here’s a little insight from her blog and photo:
Research & Development
I spent 2 months researching the characters from Daughter of Smoke & Bone, preparing costumes, and the brief for Prangsta Design Studio to create the set design including Brimstone’s workshop, teeth and trinkets between worlds to ensure accuracy.
Daughter of SMOKE & BONE
The first of a trilogy which is followed by Those Are the Days of Blood and Starlight, and Dreams of Gods and Monsters, written by fantasy author Laini Taylor. It was published in September 2011 by Hachette Book Group, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company, through Hodder and Stoughton in the UK.
Hodder & Stoughton arranged a sit down gala dinner for 250 guests, head buyers from book stores across the UK and press. Prangsta Entertainment provided costumes for performance artists, and a styling boudoir recreating Eretz, and chimaera-seraphim in immersive worlds.
The goal of the event was not only to welcome Laini Taylor and celebrate her first visit to the UK, but showcase the profitability of her first novel with a memorable event enabling the head buyers from bookstores across the UK to become familiar with her conceptual world where chimera who live between worlds demand teeth from Karou the protagonist, in exchange for wishes, creating a dynamic talking point and entrance for the trilogy.