BEA 2013 – Part 2
Friday was our earliest morning, but Julie and I weren’t complaining because we were having breakfast at Adriana Trigiani‘s! Believe me when I say getting up early was worth it! Adriana is the ultimate hostess and we were totally charmed by her and thrilled to meet her neighbor John Searles.
After breakfast, we hopped into a cab with Candace and got over to the Javits just in time for Book Group Speed Dating. This wonderful event is presented by Reading Group Guides and highlights great books for book clubs to read. Publishers are given 10 minutes to pitch a handful of books before they have to move on to the next table. This is a fantastic way to learn about new books – the enthusiasm of the publishers sold me on several books I would never have considered otherwise. The books that stood out to me are:
- Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
- Between a Mother and Her Child by Elizabeth Noble
- Dollface by Renee Rosen
- You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert
- Help for the Haunted by John Searles
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
- If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
From there, Julie and I walked the floor a little bit before meeting Candace and the ever delightful Chelsy, of Big Honcho Media, for lunch. We ended up going to Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine (at least I think that’s its name) and we were all pleasantly surprised at how good it was. After a quick trip to The Pony Bar, we headed back to the Javits for a little while. I discovered quite a few books that day including:
Before we knew it, it was time to head to The Tipsy Parson for a cocktail party with Dorothea Benton Frank. This party was so much fun! Dottie kept us entertained while we enjoyed Southern dishes like boiled peanuts, cheese straws and deviled eggs.
After that it was time to head to Farrar, Straus & Giroux for their party. It was fun catching up with everyone there and chatting with a few of their authors, including Eli Brown, author of Cinnamon and Gunpowder.
On Saturday morning, we met our friend Miriam and her precious dog, Leo, at Bryant Park for breakfast. Leo sat on my lap for a while and totally won my heart.
Julie and Miriam had to leave after breakfast so I decided to head to the TKTS kiosk again. I was lucky enough to score a ticket for the Tony Award winning play Pippin and I enjoyed every minute of it. There was so much going on that I’d go see it again just to be able to take more of it in.
My flight didn’t leave until 6PM on Sunday so I met Nicole and her cousin for breakfast. Breakfast was short lived though, because Nicole’s cousin wasn’t feeling well.
I decided to stroll back to the hotel since I had a lot of time to kill and hadn’t gotten very far before I got a text from Carl telling me my flight had been canceled. I quickly checked my email and discovered that not only had my flight been canceled but Delta had booked me on a flight leaving the next day. I practically sprinted back to the hotel and called the airline, only to be told they had a high volume of calls and would return my call within the hour. Not knowing what else to do, I grabbed a cab and headed to the airport. Delta called me back and, after a little arguing, they found a way to get me home – through Detroit. The people in Detroit couldn’t have been nicer – since the flight was delayed, they served drinks and snacks in the waiting area and gave out complimentary drinks on the flight. I had a fantastic time in New York, but after all of that, I was happy to be home!