BEA/NY 2012 Part 2
This is part 2 of the highlights of my trip to Book Expo America and New York. You can see Part 1 here.
Wednesday was a busy day starting with a wonderful “Power Reader” breakfast at Random House. It’s always a pleasure to visit their beautiful office and this year’s visit was especially fun. They put out a beautiful breakfast spread and we were lucky enough to hear Nate Berkus (The Things That Matter) and Charles Duhigg (The Power of Habit) speak.
From there, we (Julie/Booking Mama and I) headed to the Javits for the Book Group Speed Dating Session hosted by Reading Group Guides. We were a little late so I didn’t get to hear everyone but these books stood out for me:
- Love Anthony by Lisa Genova – this book is about the friendship between two women, one of whom has an autistic son
- Y: A Novel by Marjorie Celona – Y is a young baby abandoned on the steps of the YMCA
You can see the complete list of books highlighted at the session here.
After that fun session, we wandered around the show floor for a while before heading to the Audiobook Tea. The tea was hosted by actor and audiobook narrator, Dion Graham and featured authors Lee Child (The Affair), Debbie Macomber (The Inn at Rose Harbor), and Daniel Handler (Why We Broke Up). We laughed our way through the tea, because every one of the speakers was hilarious! I’m excited about all of the authors’ books and can’t wait to read them.
We had several parties to go to after the tea and planned to take a cab to the first one. There were no cabs to be found at the Javits, though, so we made the long trek to a subway stop, lugging tote bags of books but we got where we needed to be.
The first party of the evening was the launch party for The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. Even with a last minute venue change, the party was fun and I was thrilled to meet Laura since I’ve read, and enjoyed, three of her four books.
Our next stop was the Workman Open House. It was my first year going to Workman and, believe me when I say, they sure do know how to throw an open house. The refreshments were from some of their fabulous cookbooks and everything was delicious. We were lucky enough to meet Caroline Leavitt and Katie Workman (The Mom 100 Cookbook). Caroline made my night when she recognized my blog name!
Our last party of the night was Penguin‘s Bird Bash and, oh, what fun it was! The refreshments were great and the people were great! Lots of people had their picture taken in the photo booth and there were great door prizes. I was thrilled to meet Amy Einhorn, Emma Straub (Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures), Lyndsay Faye (The Gods of Gotham), Julie Klam (Friendkeeping), David Gilham (City of Women), plus more!
We were pooped after that and ready to head back to our room.
We started Thursday with breakfast at the Tick Tock Diner with Jillian Medoff (I Couldn’t Love You More) and Jennifer/Literate Housewife. It was such a pleasure to sit and chat with everyone, even though I didn’t get the waffle I wanted – our waiter informed me that I did not want a waffle since they only had one waffle iron.
Julie and I headed to the Javits and spent a little time on the show floor before she had to leave to catch her train. I wandered around a little longer before heading back to the hotel to freshen up a little.
I met Candace and Dawn at the Waldorf Astoria for a break and a few quiet moments. If you’ve never been there, you need to stop and check out their restroom – I wish I’d taken pictures. From there Dawn headed to her room to relax and Candace and I headed to the Algonquin to meet Jenn, Lenore, Michelle and Trish for drinks. Dawn was able to join us later and it was fun to talk about the week and compare notes with everyone.
Dawn, Candace, and I closed out the day with a fabulous dinner at Becco. They’d been there before and I was lucky enough to join them this year. We had a great meal and celebrated Dawn’s birthday a few days early.
I slept in a little bit before meeting Cindy of Cindy’s Love of Books at Amy’s Bread for breakfast. We’d crossed paths a few times during the week but had never really had the chance to chat, so it was nice to catch up. We walked around a little bit and then it was time for me to check-out of the hotel and head to the airport.
As usual, there was a little hiccup getting home, but this year’s wasn’t too bad. About the time I arrived at my gate, I got an email saying my flight would be late and they were working on re-routing me. I went to a Delta agent and found that they were re-routing me a crazy way and I told the agent I thought we could come up with a better alternative. About that time I heard an announcement for another flight that was boarding and I managed to get on it. I arrived home safe and sound but tired! I’m already looking forward to next year.