The fourth week of May was a very busy week for me in the way of book events, as I'm sure it was for all the other book bloggers who came to NYC. Why? Well, mostly for the reasons I will list below! (There are other reasons, but they're much less interesting than the ones I will tell you about).
Unfortunately, I was only able to attend two of the panels, since two panels were scheduled for each time slot and I am as of yet unable to clone myself to be at two places at once. Also, I was having so much fun listening to the panels and talking to cool people that I forgot to take many pictures. But I did meet and chat with lots of wonderful authors and other bookish people, get lots of books signed, as well as snatch up a bunch of swag, including a highly coveted Mara Dyer t-shirt.
BEA is one of the two largest book conventions in the US, and therefore gets a wide attendance from people all over the world. I doubt I could even begin to list all of the book bloggers who came in to NYC for BEA. And as I'm sure that there are already so many BEA recap posts floating all over the internet, I thought I'd share some pictures but keep mine short (or as short as I can).
Things I did at BEA:
- get lots of books signed
- snagged a bunch of ARCs that I wanted
- took a bunch of swag
- met lots of book bloggers and authors
- chatted with publicists I knew and met some new ones as well
- advertised extensively for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
- encouraged people to wait in line to get books signed by Jocelyn Davies, Marianna Baer, and Mary E. Pearson
- squeal a little every time I saw Lenore from Presenting Lenore
- thought I almost dislocated my left shoulder from carrying the weight of many of my books there
- accidentally got extra copies of the same book either because I had forgotten I'd gotten a copy earlier or because I grabbed the ARC and then went to the author's signing (see way below)
- attend Mary E. Pearson's book signing even though I really, really wanted to
- eat real food (don't worry, I ate plenty of junk food snacks!)
- say hello to Laini Taylor (author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone) for Cat Valente (author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making)
- realize that I was talking to Daniel Handler a.k.a. Lemony Snicket
- take any pictures on Thursday, the last day of BEA, because I had left my memory card at home instead of putting it back in my camera
- 1 signed, final copy
- 1 signed ARC
- 6 other (highly coveted) ARCs
- a tote bag
- bookmarks (some signed)
- lots and lots of other swag
- US mailing addresses only.
- Contest ends 6/17/11, at 9 p.m. EST.
On Thursday evening, I headed over to the Scholastic building for the This Is Teen launch party. In addition to lots and lots of bloggers, there were three fabulous Scholastic authors in attendance: Meg Cabot, Maggie Stiefvater, and Libba Bray. And with personalities such as these, you know it's going to be a fantastic event, which it most certainly was.
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to chat with each of these fabulous as well as their wonderful publicists. I also had a brief fangirl moment when I met Aimee Friedman, another Scholastic author and editor extraordinaire (in addition to David Levithan and Lisa Ann Sandell). I may have let it slip several times that the Scholastic building is my dream place of
What can I say? The busy week might have been getting to me by then....