A Brief BEA Recap

10 Jun

Breakfast looked a little something like this...

I had the pleasure of spending last week in NYC, seeing friends and family, and attending Book Expo America. After a fun weekend in Brooklyn, I started off the week at the Book Blogger Conference. Over breakfast, authors hopped tables, briefly visiting with attendees. My ideal tables were taken by the time I got there, but after the first rotation I decided to make it happen and I found a table with some friendly looking people who were kind enough to let me squeeze a chair in just in time to hear from Justin Cronin about his upcoming book, The Twelve, which is easily my most anticipated release of 2012 (yes, I have guilt feelings as a YA blogger). Jenny Han stopped by next and then Anthony Swofford. I scored a pretty sweet table. It was interesting hearing from the various authors and my tablemates were friendly and asked some great questions. I stayed for Jennifer Weiner‘s keynote as well, which was fun, but didn’t really speak to me as a blogger. At least she made me laugh.

And then I left the BBC for a lunch date with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and Barbara & Lily Kingsolver. As anyone who has read Barbara Kingsolver novels would likely guess, she is friendly and down-to-earth and extremely welcoming (Lily as well!). After a nice lunch with these ladies, I headed back to the Javits in time to catch most of the final BBC session, which unfortunately didn’t offer me anything new (I attended a similar panel last year) so I decided to head out afterward. On my way out, I ran into Kimberly Sabatini, a Hudson Valley based author who I had met before at Oblong Books & Music. She introduced me to Hillary Weisman Graham (author of Reunited) who lives near where I grew up and spoke at my high school recently (go Sabers!), and to Lisa of The Young Adult Connection who I ended up running into many times throughout the week. Very nice ladies.

At least two of us are wearing underpants. I can't speak for Rebecca.


Tuesday and Wednesday were all sorts of fun! This was my first year at BEA and I had a great time. One of my favorite things was just talking with people; whether waiting in line, or at the publisher’s booths, it was nice getting to know who was there and what books or trends they were most excited about. Tuesday I met Rebecca of Crunchings & Munchings for the first time (we also met Captain Underpants) and the following day she introduced me to Judith and Ellen from I Love YA Fiction. Over the two days, I had fun running into fellow bloggers as well as folks from back home – authors, librarians, and booksellers! I attended a few panels (Young Adult Editor’s Buzz, The Ongoing Evolution of YA Fiction, and Graphic Novelists of 2012), stood in line for some autographs (the only significantly long line that I waited in was for Justin Cronin – otherwise, I chose my battles), and picked up some galleys for the blog, for my library, and for my radio co-hosts.

Books I’m Most Excited To Have In My Grubby Little Hands:

  • The Twelve by Justin Cronin
  • Adaptation by Malinda Lo
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
  • Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull
  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks
  • What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier – for my radio kids! I’ve already read this via Netgalley and it is fabulous!
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

  • I also finally put in my request on Netgalley for Skylark by Meagan Spooner based on the editor’s plug at the Young Adult Editor’s Buzz panel, so while I didn’t pick up a physical copy, I’m excited to read that one as well!


    And of course it was fun just to gaze at the books and displays – a personal favorite was HarperCollins’ Charlotte’s Web web (and not just because I love mini-clothespins). Quirk Books, Chronicle Books, and Abrams were especially fun booths to browse and I loved when publishers had a lot of display copies out to peruse (Little, Brown and Scholastic getting a special head nod here).

    It was a great week but I am glad to be home, especially since now I can get back to reading! (weekend read: This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers!!) Hope everyone who attended had a fun time! Thanks to everyone in the book world for being so fabulous!

    5 Responses to “A Brief BEA Recap”

    1. capillya 11. Jun, 2012 at 12:06 am #

      I hardly saw ANY displays in my Twitter timeline, I’m glad you posted a photo! I saw people hanging out in the Reached book cover bubble (I think it was Reached?) and thought that was fun. Great to read your recap! The Imaginary Friends book sounds great, too — I hadn’t heard of that one. Or Skylark, either! YAY BOOKS.

      • Em 11. Jun, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

        Yeah, I’m excited to check out the imaginary friend book, especially because the review copy I snagged is on audio – what does an imaginary friend sound like?!

        • capillya 12. Jun, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

          Oh my goodness. You’re going to HEAR an imaginary friend!

    2. Anna 11. Jun, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

      I was so happy to see you this week — what a crazy, lovely adventure it was, yeah? :)

      • Em 11. Jun, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

        Yes yes! And it was so nice to run into you and Tara first thing Monday – what a nice way to start the week!

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