Oh, do I have stories for you! And pictures! And words of adoration for people I met!
This past weekend was Book Expo America. While the event spanned four days, Thursday through Sunday, I was only there on Friday and Saturday.
I flew in to JFK on Thursday, and I arrived frazzled and frantic as I tried to figure out which terminal Jenn’s flight would be coming into. The New York humidity was making me sweat like a 14-year-old boy who just finished his first wrestling match. That was great. Jenn’s flight was only going to be delayed by 30 minutes, but then it was an hour, then two hours, then three hours, then FOUR HOURS after her flight was supposed arrive, it finally landed in JFK. At that point, I’d already missed having dinner with some bloggers and some folks from Hachette such as Miriam and Valerie (hi, Miriam! hi, Valerie!), but I was so happy to be at BEA that I didn’t mind. Besides, what can you do? Sometimes flights are delayed. C’est la vie!
When I was flying to JFK from California, I realized I’d left my business cards AT HOME. WHO DOES THAT? Apparently, ME! I could have forgotten my underwear, my deoderant, my shoes, anything but my business cards! Fortunately, my husband was able to overnight the cards so I could have them on Friday.
On Friday Jenn and I got up at dark o’clock in order to get a ticket to get a signed copy of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, the sequel to The Hunger Games. That was totally worth it, so expect to see some good giveaways having to do with Catching Fire and The Hunger Games later this week or next week.
At lunch I went to meet Tyler from Scholastic. We’ve become friends on Twitter, so I’ll admit it’s a little nerve wracking to meet someone you only know online. Will you like them as much in person as you will online? Will they like you? Let me just say, I had a fantastic time with Tyler as he showed me around Scholastic, and if I lived in New York we’d totally be real life friends. I guess we’re real life friends now, but I won’t get to see him ’til next year! *sob* Tyler is one of the people who blog at On Our Minds @ Scholastic. Rumor has it that they will be giving away a copy of Catching Fire for people who didn’t get to attend BEA.
Unfortunately, my camera was a big FAIL at BEA, and some of my pictures are corrupted. A few survived, though:
This is part of the Scholastic library, where they keep a copy of all the books they’ve published. It’s very cool and run by an even cooler librarian.
Scholastic’s mission is written on the carpet of one of their hallways:
This is the view from the top of the Scholastic building. It was an awesome view! My pics do not do it justice:
This is a building on the roof of the Scholastic building. I just liked the color…it made me happy.
This is a fun…thing…in the Scholastic store:
Scholastic was a lot of fun, very colorful, with lots of Cliffords hanging around. Everyone I talked to was nice and I think I might ask Tyler for another tour next year. I loved it.
Also, you can see what I saw in this 105 second tour of Scholastic.
I got to meet Joyce Carol Oates and she even let me gush at her. I absolutely love her and can’t wait to read her newest book, Little Bird of Heaven.
Friday night was the BEAtweetup party where they were going to give away a Kindle 2. Well, Adaptive Glue was giving away a Kindle 2, which is super generous of them! I told Jenn that if I won I’d probably drop my drink, so when they announced my name, she grabbed my drink and pushed me forward. I seriously thought I might faint, because despite my post that I would NEVER WANT A KINDLE, I’ve since changed my mind (long before this drawing happened!) and must admit that Chartroose was right and I was wrong. *blech ech gag* (that was me eating my words…they don’t taste too good)
I’ll be posting about the Kindle as soon as I’ve had a chance to read a book on it. Promise!
After the BEAtweetup we went to a kidlit party where I had a great time with Lori the librarian. Seriously, she was a kick in the pants and me and Tyler think that the area surrounding the library she works at will be the most literate area in the country in about five years (due in large part to her enthusiasm about children’s, middle grade, and young adult books, and due in small part to the fact that she’s the cutest. thing. ever.).
On Saturday morning I had my “signing”. I want to thank NetGalley and Fran Toolan for doing an amazing job of organizing that! I had a great time chatting with publishers and authors!
Saturday afternoon was the book blogger panel, which seemed to go well. Publisher’s Weekly did a good summary of the book blogger panel.
Despite promising myself that I wouldn’t pick up too many books, I couldn’t help myself! There were a lot of young adult books that just sounded fabulous, so I grabbed them despite the fact that it meant checking my suitcase and piling more books into a reusable bag. Three books I’m looking forward to reading soon are:
- Lips Touch Three Times by Laini Taylor
- The Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
On Saturday night I went out to dinner with Jenn from Jenn’s Bookshelf and Nicole from Linus’s Blanket. Nicole lives in Brooklyn, so we went to a restaurant that she recommended called Dos Caminos. They had the best Prickly Pear margarita I’ve ever had! We were bummed when their margarita machine broke, but it was probably for the best since that margarita was potent! We chatted for FOUR HOURS and were reluctant to leave even though it was 11:15pm and I had to catch a plane at 7am! We talked about absolutely everything, and I think it was very telling that our conversation was able to get away from just talking about books and blogging and get into other discussions. Not that I don’t like talking about blogging! I love talking about blogging and would talk about it for hours on end, but we really clicked and talked about lots of things that I’m still thinking about today.
BEA was an absolute blast! Hopefully later this week I’ll have a few more pictures for you. And don’t forget to stay tuned since I’ll be giving away two copies of Catching Fire, along with a copy of The Hunger Games to go with it, just in case you don’t follow my instructions and haven’t read it yet. 😉
Quick highlights from BEA:
- Getting an ARC of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (sequel to The Hunger Games)
- Meeting Tyler from Scholastic
- Winning the Kindle
- Getting more books than I can list that have me thinking about calling in sick just so I can read them all
- Having dinner with Jenn and Nicole
You should plan on going next year…I already am!