Monday, May 31, 2010

BEA: Day One Recap

My first day of BEA was completely overwhelming and exhilarating all at the same time! 

I made a few rookie mistakes - not allowing enough time to drive into the city to get to the Children's Book and Author Breakfast on time, not getting a ticket for the Rick Riordan signing event, and not shipping all the swag out and freeing my shoulders from the heavy heavy bags I was carrying.   Aching feet and shoulders be damned, it was a great experience!

I did get to meet some great authors Mo Willems (Knuffle Bunny), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), and Rachel Vincent (Shifters series).  I also spotted a few celebs:  Rick Springfield (still cute), Kristen Alfonso (doesn't age) and Ken Corday (Days of Our Lives), Louis Gossett Jr. and author Steve Berry (he was walking past while I ogled). 

Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda:

Rachel Vincent, author of Soul Screamers:

The Publishers went all out for YA/MG authors Suzanne Collins (Mockingjay), Andrea Cremer (Nightshade), and Rick Riordan (Red Pyramid).   I couldn't get anywhere near them or their books.  Still, I was in the presence of greatness...

Tonight I attended a welcome reception hosted by Harper Collins and got to meet some of MY favorite book bloggers - Amy/My Friend Amy, Natasha/Maw Books, Sheila/One Person's Journey, among others - and got to meet some new bloggers (to me). 

I have blogger pictures: Kathy/Bermuda Onion and Swapna/S.Krishna's Books; Sheila/Book Journey and Me, Natasha/Maw Books, Amy/My Friend Amy

There were so many amazing book bloggers I met, but didn't photograph because we were just having too much fun! 

All in all, I truly was a fish out of water for the first few hours.  I wasn't sure how anything worked, how to snag the hot ARCs, and how to manage the enormous Jacob Javits Convention Center without retracing my steps.  Just when I thought I was truly going to have a panic attack from being bumped, shoved, and herded, I heard, "Alison!"  I turned around, and looking at me were the two friendliest faces I could possibly have seen - Harvey and Rob from Clinton Book Shop.  Ah, my book whisperers!  And Harvey was bearing gifts - wristbands to meet children's author Mo Willems.  Thank you, guys, for being my breath of fresh air!


Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Great pictures - the BB Meet Up was so much fun! :)

Doug Bratton said...

So wonderful! Looking forward to the rest of your Book Expo stories.

IntrovertedJen said...

It sounds exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time!

bermudaonion said...

It was so good to meet you in New York! My time there was like a whirlwind - I don't even remember that picture being taken! I swear, I only had one glass of wine.

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