Last week I traveled to New York City to attend the BEA conference. BEA is short for Book Expo America. Basically, it’s a trade conference where publishers can promote their upcoming releases to booksellers, librarians, bloggers and anyone else that might have an interest in the publishing industry. While in NYC, I not only attended the conference, but I also took in the sites and went to see the play, The Book Of Mormon (hilarious!).
Here is a brief rundown of my first day at the BEA conference:
On Tuesday, I attended the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast. Julianne Moore (Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever, September 2011) was wonderful as the master of ceremonies! In addition to Julianne, Brian Selznick (Wonderstruck, September 2011), Sarah Dessen (What Happened To Goodbye?), and Kevin Henkes (Little White Rabbit)discussed their upcoming releases at the breakfast. This was my first taste of what was to come during the rest of the week. All of the authors at the breakfast were amazing and their enthusiasm for the written word was a joy to behold!
After the breakfast, I went to the author signing area. I was so happy to get a copy of Witch Eyes (September 2011) by Scott Tracey! On my way back from the autographing area, I was passing through the Scholastic booth when a rep asked me if I would like a advance copy of Forever (July 2011) by Maggie Stiefvater and an advance copy of The Scorpio Races (October 2011), also by Maggie Stiefvater. Um, yes! I didn’t have to think twice about that! Both of those books were on my list of books that I am dying to read in the next few months. I was shocked that I was actually able to get them so easily. With those books in my hot little hands I looked around with excitement and thought, I have died and gone to nerdy book girl Heaven!
Other highlights from day 1 include meeting Florence Henderson and Teresa Giudice. Florence Henderson is so cute and tiny. I absolutely could not believe it when I turned a corner and Mrs. Brady was in front of me! She was so nice, and I was lucky enough to get a picture with her. I am so excited to read her new book Life Is Not A Stage (September 2011).
Teresa Giudice is just as beautiful in person as she is on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Even though she was 30 minutes late for the signing, it was worth the wait to get to meet her in person. I can’t wait to try out the recipes in Fabulicious, her new cookbook.
On day1 I also got to meet Beth Hoffman and that is actually the highlight of my entire trip! Beth, the author of the wonderful SIBA award winning, New York Times bestselling novel Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, took a group of about a dozen bloggers (including me!) out to dinner. I just love Beth! She is such a talented writer and I regularly refer to her as “the nicest person on the internet.” Beth was such a gracious host. She spent time talking with each of us and told us so many wonderful stories about her travels and about what she is currently writing. She also gave each of us a Saving CeeCee Honeycutt themed gift. The dinner was such a fun experience! Beth was so great, and truly a lifesaver. I was so scared about attending BEA without knowing anyone attending the conference. Because of her, I met so many great bloggers that I may not have had the confidence to introduce myself to had I just caught a glimpse of them at the conference. S. Krishna’s Books, Linus’s Blanket, Beth Fish Reads , Steph The Bookworm, and Book Journey were sitting at my end of the table – Hi guys! I am so thankful to Beth for inviting me and for including me in such a great group of people!
By the time day 1 of the conference came to an end, I knew that day 2 would have a hard act to follow. I mean running into Florence Henderson? ARCs of Witch Eyes, Forever and The Scorpio Races?An awesome dinner with Beth Hoffman? Yep, day 2 had a lot to live up to! Check back next Monday for part 2 of my Book Expo America post. You can be sure it will be filled with celebrity sightings, connections I made with other bloggers, and an in depth explanation of the different types of cutting and why you shouldn’t do it (with diagrams!). Also, I finally meet one of my favorite freakin’ awesome authors that I have discussed on the blog before!
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