BEA/NY 2014: The Events
May was a rough month for my family so BEA was a last minute decision for me. Thankfully, my roommate, Julie,was understanding as I wavered back and forth about going. Because of all that was going on, I didn’t do any pre-planning before the trip and probably wasn’t fully “there” at times – at least that’s the excuse I’m using for not taking any pictures while I was gone.
I wasn’t sure how to write about BEA this year and, after some thought, decided to write two posts – one about the events I attended and the other about some of the books I received while I was there.
On Wednesday, I was lucky enough to attend Harper Collins‘ Fall Preview. Publicist from several imprints – Harper, Ecco, Avon, Voyager, Harper Perennial, Harper 360, Dey Street, and William Morrow – highlighted upcoming books that they’re excited about. It’s fun to learn about new books from people who love them and it’s obvious the people at Harper Collins have a passion for books. I will highlight the books that sounded the best to me in my next BEA post.
Immediately after the Fall Preview, Harper Collins hosted a party for bloggers at the Fox Sports Lounge. The food was terrific and the company was even better. It’s always fun to catch up with blogging friends and see wonderful authors like Adriana Trigiani, Dorothea Benton Frank, Stephanie Evanovich, Kate White, and Karen Abbot.
Kensington hosted a party at the Monarch Rooftop Lounge on Thursday to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The venue was gorgeous and they put out quite a spread. Kensington is proud to be the last remaining independent publisher in America. They publish over 500 books a year and seem to have found a niche market that suits them. It was exciting to toast their 40th year!
My favorite panel of BEA – Book Group Speed Dating – was on Friday. Reading Group Guides hosts this terrific panel and, I have to tell you, it gets better every year. Publicist rotate from table to table and pitch books that spark discussion and work well for book clubs. I heard about books from twelve different imprints and I was sold on just about every book. I will highlight my favorites in my BEA book post.
No trip to New York would be complete without seeing a Broadway show – Julie and I managed to snag tickets to see Kinky Boots Friday night and I just loved it! The story was great, the music was even better, and Billy Porter as Lola was fantastic! Talk about stage presence!