|I never tire of the Manhattan skyline|
Last week, I trekked across the Hudson to participate in Book Expo America (BEA). This is my forth trip to BEA, but the first time I’ve participated in the Blogger Conference. Blogger Con was on Monday, June 4 and featured a keynote speech by Jennifer Weiner and closing remarks by Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess). Both Jennifer Weiner and Jenny Lawson were absolutely hilarious and awesome speakers–I could have listened to them both for hours. In between, there was author breakfast & lunch (sort of like speed-dating authors) and workshops. The best thing about the whole conference was getting to meet bloggers I’ve been following online for a while. Everyone was so nice and we shared quite a few laughs.
Special day one shout-outs go to my table buddies (and awesome bloggers): Cecelia of Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia, Grace from Words Like Silver, Steph of The Fake Steph Dot Com, Nikki of Wicked Awesome Books, and Emily of Red House Books. I also got to (finally) meet the amazing Jenn of Jenn’s Bookshelves (an all around great person and one of my blogging heroes.)
|Line at Harlequin Teen Day 1|
The next three days were a whirlwind of author signings, networking, and waiting on lines. I met so many awesome people in my three days at BEA. Cecelia and I continued to cross paths, and I was thankful to see a familiar face on the floor because the crowds can be a bit overwhelming. There were many other kind and awesome bloggers–I wish I could remember everyone. In general, waiting in lines was a great time to meet new people and talk books–what could be better? The only negative experience I had was being pushed by a woman who thought I was trying to cut in the Rachel Ray line (for the record: I had no idea Rachel Ray was even in that aisle, I was trying to find Michael Ian Black).
|Some of the books I brought home on day one|
|Blurry Michael Ian Black & Meghan McCain|
The opportunity to meet authors I admire was worth every minute and it was also exciting to meet new exciting writers and discover some great new titles. In short, BEA is a haven for bookish people and I’m already excited for BEA ’13.
Special Thanks go out to:
Victoria Schwab for being awesome
Perseus Publishing for also being awesome
|My new TBR pile . . .|