This Pen Slays Titans

Alison Morris -- May 17th, 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:

WARNING: THIS PEN SLAYS TITANS
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:

  

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