Daily Archives: May 17, 2010

Scheduling for BEA – Decisions, Decisions

For the last several days I have been haunting the BEA website, printing off events and author signings, pulling together a multitude of emails and blog posts…all in order to put together a schedule for next week. There are overlaps and tight time lines – especially on Wednesday which seems to be the most popular day for everything I want to do. But, despite all of this, I think I have a pretty good tentative schedule.

Kip and I arrive in NYC on the evening of May 22nd (Saturday) and leave late in the day on May 29th (Saturday).

Saturday Evening (May 22nd):

  • Meet up for a late dinner with my sister Paula and her boyfriend Gene who are coming to New York for three days. I cannot wait to give my sister a HUGE hug.

Sunday (May 23rd) – all day:

  • Touristy stuff with Paula and Gene – Kip is in charge of this end of the trip, but we will definitely be going to Ground Zero and The Strand Bookstore at some point.

Monday (May 24th):

  • Morning – breakfast with my sister and Gene before they head back to New Hampshire.
  • Late Morning – Tour of Bloomsbury/Picador/Tor publishing house
  • 1:00-5:00 PM – sometime during this time slot we’ll go by to pick up our press passes and get our tickets for the opening event on Tuesday with Barbara Streisand.
  • Evening – Dinner with Kip’s cousin in NYC

Tuesday (May 25th):

The first two events conflict – I’ll have to decide which one to attend…

  • 8:30-10:00 – The Value of a Book Event
  • 9:30-10:30 (Room 1Eoz) – Bringing Your Authors to the Social Media Party
  • Late Morning – Tour of Penguin publishing house
  • Afternoon – Nothing planned…possibly some more touristy type things
  • 6:00-7:00 pm (Special Events Hall) – Opening event with Barbara Streisand
  • Evening – Late dinner, relaxing

Wednesday (May 26th):

The first three things all conflict, although I could probably do two of the three…more choices!

  • 10:00-11:00 (Room 1E17) – Hot Book Club Titles for Fall
  • 10:00-11:00 (Table 5) – Joyce Carol Oates signing (ticketed)
  • 10:00-11:00 (Booth #4340-Other Press) – Mitchell Kaplan signing

In the afternoon, you will see there are all kinds of overlaps and conflicts…

  • 1:00-2:00 (Table10) – Jan Brett signing (ticketed)
  • 2:30-3:30 (Table 15)) – Doonesbury Limited Edition Lithograph signing (ticketed)
  • 3:00-4:00 (Harper Collins booth #3359) – Champagne Toast to celebrate To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary
  • 3:30-4:00 (Harper Collins booth #3359) – Simon Van Booy signing

The two evening events also overlap – We’ll be going to the Harper Collins event definitely, but maybe we can attend both since the Tweet Up goes for an hour past the Harper Collins event.

  • 7:00-9:00 PM (The Algonquin Hotel) – Celebration of Book Bloggers event – Harper Collins
  • 7:00-10:00 PM (Powerhouse Books) – BEA Tweet Up event

Thursday (May 27th):

  • 9:30-10:30 (Table 26) – Kathleen Kent signing

Again, the next events conflict….

  • 12:30-??? – LUNCH

Friday (May 28th):

    Saturday (May 29th):

    • AM – relax, eat, reflect…maybe squeeze in one last thing before our flight leaves in the afternoon!

    Of course, it goes without saying, this schedule is subject to change…and if YOU’RE going to the BEA…I hope to see you there!!

    Mailbox Monday – May 17, 2010

    Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted each Monday by Marcia at The Printed Page.

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    I received a hardcover edition of Stay by Allie Larkin through a Shelf Awareness offer. I couldn’t resist it when I read this in the book description: ‘[…] Van drowns her sorrows in Kool-Aid-vodka cocktails and reruns of Rin Tin Tin, and does what any heartbroken woman in her situation would do: She impulsively buys a German Shepherd over the Internet.‘ I love books with dogs that help the protagonists recover from heartbreak…and when the dog is a German Shepherd…well, it is sure to make me smile. By the way, the dog on the cover is the author’s dog Argo!

    Allie Larkin lives in Rochester, New York with her two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella…Stay is her first novel. Read more about Larkin and her work on the author’s website.

    I won the The Yellow House by Patricia Falvey in a giveaway on Kristen’s blog We Be Reading. Published by Hachette in February of this year, the novel takes place in Ulster in the early part of the twentieth century. Author Robert Hicks says: ‘The Yellow House is an eloquently written story of the emergence of hope and love in a time of struggle and confusion in Ireland.Read an excerpt here.

    Patricia Falvey grew up in Northern Ireland before immigrating to the United States at the age of twenty. She divides her time between Texas and Ireland. The Yellow House is her first novel. To learn more about Falvey and her work, visit the author’s website.

    Lindsey, Publicity Manager at Viking/Penguin, sent me Promises To Keep by Jane Green who is donating 20% of her royalties from this book to breast cancer research. I think Lindsey is a bit of a mind-reader, because I have been thinking about reading a book by this new-to-me author for some time now. Promises to Keep is ‘a novel about the hard choices we have to face, about having to be your parents’ child long after you’ve grown up, and finally, about the enduring nature of love.‘ Green wrote this novel to help her through the traumatic loss of one of her best friends, Heidi, who lost her battle with breast cancer last year. Promises to Keep will be released in June 2010.

    Jane Green has written eleven previous novels, some of which made the New York Times bestseller list. Raised in London, she now lives in Connecticut with her husband and six children. Learn more about Green and her work by visiting the author’s website.

    Terrie from Other Press was kind enough to send me a finished copy of By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan. You might remember I highlighted Other Press and mentioned this book on that post a couple of weeks ago. By Fire, By Water is historical fiction set in the 15th century and is due for release this week. The book flap reads: ‘ In this story of love, God, faith, and torture, fifteenth-century Spain comes to dazzling, engrossing life.

    Mitchell James Kaplan lives in Pennsylvania (he has also resided in California, Germany, Connecticut, New York, and Paris).  This is his first novel. To learn more about Kaplan and his work, visit the author’s website. Oh, and just as an aside, Kaplan will be at the Other Press booth (#4340) at the BEA for a signing at 10:00 AM Wednesday the 26th…I plan to be there!

    I won an Advance Readers Edition of Huck by Janet Elder through a Shelf Awareness Mother’s Day promotion (I also had a copy sent to my friend Katey…who, like me, is a dog lover!). This is a true story about a lovable toy poodle named Huck who goes missing and about the lessons an animal can teach those who love them, and how a beloved pet can open the hearts of strangers. I have a feeling this one might make me cry!

    Janet Elder is a senior editor at The New York Times. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, their son,and the family dog. Huck is due for release in September 2010 through Random House/Broadway Books. To learn more about Huck and his family, visit the book’s website.

    What books came into YOUR home this week?