This Pen Slays Titans

Alison Morris - May 17, 2007

We are beyond excited about the fact that we're hosting an event tomorrow night with Rick Riordan, author of the oh-so-fabulous Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! We are also beyond excited about the fact that we've got pens! Special ballpoint pens!!

If you've read The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, and now The Titan's Curse, then you're quite aware of the important role played by Percy's seemingly innocuous ballpoint pen. Remove the cap and it becomes a sword named Riptide. In celebration of Rick's visit to our neck of the woods, we ordered pens (making use of our Hyperion co-op pool) to hand out at tomorrow night's event — Riptides for everyone! The printing on them reads as follows:

If found please return to
Percy Jackson c/o
Wellesley Booksmith

We ordered the pens from a Maine company called Crestline who've done a great job with the Harry Potter promo items we've ordered from them in past years. Here's how our Percy Jackson pens look on my desk, on The Titan's Curse (note that I designed the pens to match the cover), and put to use by Lorna Ruby, book buyer and hand model extraordinaire:


8 thoughts on “This Pen Slays Titans

  1. Kris Bordessa

    11 year old son, looking over my shoulder: Wow, you can get pens?? Me: No, it’s just a promotion that a bookstore is doing when the author visits. 11 year old son, disappointed: Aw, dang. Clearly you have chosen an excellent giveaway! And we’re jealous that we can’t be there.

  2. Book Pilgrim

    Met Rick Riordan at Texas Library Association conference in April. He was totally gracious and kind to give me an autograph for my 11 year old son, who has never been more thrilled to receive anything in his entire life. I don’t dare tell him about the pens! When asked why he loves the Olympians series so much, my son replies, “There’s lots of action.” He’s sure he belongs at Camp Half-Blood. Thanks Rick, for bringing myth and magic to a new generation of readers! And thanks to Alison for getting the word out!

  3. Catrina

    Well, you can buy them. Just go to a cutomizing pen website (there are bunched of them) and search for BIC round stic pens. Choose your colors and your text. I would go to Crestline, but their minimum quantity to buy is 500. Soo yeah. But you can go to any good pen customizing website and choose.


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