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Wednesday marked the first day of the exhibition part of the BEA and I have to say, it was overwhelming and exciting. Kip and I got up at 5:00 AM to get to the Javits by 6:00 AM to get tickets for a couple of author signings (Jan Brett and Joyce Carol Oates). We were delighted to discover Serena and Anna (along with “the girl”) just in front of us in the line (later Heather also joined us).
The exhibit hall opened at 9:00 AM, so we sat around drinking coffee and talking, talking, talking…so fun!
The masses of people who swamped the exhibit hall beginning at 9:00 was incredible. I met up with Lisa Roe while waiting in the autograph area (she is as animated and lovely in person as on her blog and in her emails!):
I missed getting Joyce Carol Oates autograph when she failed to show up for her signing (they gave us the book unsigned), and then meandered over to Other Press to meet Mitchell Kaplan who was delightful. I also met Caroline Leavitt and picked up a signed copy of her book.
I made sure to stop by the Unbridled Books Booth to meet Caitlin Summie – she feels like such a friend after all these months of working with her and it was great to give her a giant hug and sit and talk with her.
I did not get to visit any of the stages or presentations…there was just too much to see and do on the exhibit floor. After lunch I met Jan Brett and picked up a signed copy of her latest book. It is gorgeous!
After dodging the crowds and talking to authors, publicists and other bloggers…Kip and I finally crashed at around 3:00 pm. The last few days caught up to us (and the backpack was getting to weighted down with books for Kip), so we headed back to the hotel and collapsed on the bed for a 2.5 hour nap! Here are the books I picked up on Wednesday:
- The Rain Song, by Janice Grove
- Bamboo People, by Mitali Perkins (signed)
- The Gendarme, by Mark T. Mustian
- I Curse the River of Time, by Per Petterson
- The Things That Need Doing, by Sean Manning (signed)
- Mr. Toppit, by Charles Elton
- The Pages, by Murray Bail
- Pictures of You, by Caroline Leavitt (signed)
- Alzheimer’s Care With Dignity, by Frank Fuerst (signed)
- Crossing Antarctica, by Will Steger (signed)
- The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, by Benjamin Hale
- Room, by Emma Donoghue
- Sourland, by Joyce Carol Oates
- The Man in the Wooden Hat, by Jane Gardam
- Sudan, by Art Ayris and Ninie Hammon
- The Blessings of the Animals, by Katrina Kittle
- Bone China, by Roma Tearne
After our much needed nap, it was time to get up, get showered, grab some dinner and head to the Algonquin Hotel for the Harper Collins Celebration of Book Bloggers.
The Harper Collins event was buzzing – there were so many bloggers there that it was hard to talk above the noise of all the chit chat. I was thrilled to meet Simon Van Booy who handed me a signed book of his short story collection Love Begins in Winter (remember how much I loved that book?!). Simon is funny and easy to talk with and it was such an honor to meet him.
And of course, I met LOTS of the bloggers whose blogs I love and read every day:
Nat (Tanabata) and me
Me and Avis
Later on Kip, me and Avis moved down to the elegant bar at the Algonquin and laughed and shared stories until well after midnight!
And of course, what would a book blogger event be without a few books:
- Love Begins in Winter, by Simon Van Booy (signed)
- Manhood for Amateurs, by Michael Chabon
- Up From the Blue, by Susan Henderson
Wow, what an incredible day of books, meeting friends, and making new acquaintances. And there is still TWO days left!