BEA/NY 2012 Part 1
Book Expo America was held June 5 through 7 this year and I was lucky enough to attend. I arrived in New York on Sunday, the 3rd, and only had to wait a little while for my roommate – Julie of Booking Mama. You know Julie’s a saint because this is the third year in a row she’s put up with me as a roomie.
We decided we wanted to see a play so headed for the Times Square box office right away. We were thrilled to score tickets to Memphis and then headed to John’s Pizza to grab a bite to eat. After eating, we went to our room to freshen up and then went to the play. Let me tell you, it was fantastic!! I actually felt chills when Montego Glover sang one of her solos. The play was fun but also tackled some serious issues and is well worth seeing if you get the chance.
Later that evening, we met friends, Dawn of She is Too Fond of Books, Candace of Beth Fish Reads, Nicole of Linus’s Blanket, Lydia Hirt, and Miriam Parker for dinner and drinks at Agave. Trish of Hey Lady, Jenn of Jenn’s Bookshelves and Lenore of Presenting Lenore were able to join us later.
We woke up to a dreary, drizzly day on Monday but that didn’t dampen our spirits. We were lucky enough to meet Chelsy and Brittany of Big Honcho Media for breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien – it was fun to catch up with Chelsy and to meet Brittany. Because of the weather, our tourist activity was confined to the indoors and we ended up going to Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, which was VERY touristy but fun. From there we decided to experience Pinkberry since we’d heard so much about it before heading over to Clinton St. Baking Company. Both Julie and I have reviewed their cookbook so we were excited to experience the restaurant – it’s small and busy and did not disappoint!
The first party that evening was Scholastic‘s. It featured fun food and authors Sharon Cameron, Donna Cooner, James Dashner, Jeff Hirsch, Kate Messner, Eliot Schrefer, Maggie Stiefvater and Raina Telgemeier. Instead of traditional readings, the authors divided into two groups and “acted out” scenes from their books. Needless to say, it was tons of fun to watch!
From there, we headed to the Harper Collins party. It was so much fun to see old friends and to meet authors Alex Stone and Charles and Caroline Todd. After the party, we had our traditional Chipotle dinner with Dawn and Candace, once again closing the restaurant down.
We attended the Adult Author breakfast on Tuesday morning. It featured Stephen Colbert, Junot Diaz, Barbara Kingsolver, and Jo Nesbo. I enjoyed all of the authors, but have long been a fan of Kingsolver’s so I was thrilled to see she’s funny as well as articulate.
We had a couple meetings that morning and then hit the show floor for a little while before heading to Harper Collins for an e-book event. We learned how e-books are created and marketed and found out that there are some exciting innovations in the works for the medium. Creating e-books isn’t as cheap as everyone thinks it is. At the end of our meeting, we were surprised with a visit from Wiley Cash and he autographed books for us.
That evening, we attended the launch party for Danish author Sara Blaedal‘s book Only One Life. It was fun to chat with her and to taste some Danish goodies!
We grabbed a bite to eat and explored Eataly before calling it a day.