Well, I am sitting in the hotel lobby waiting to be picked up for the airport…so thought I would keep on trying to catch up with all the BEA fun. Thursday was the second day of the exhibition hall and I must admit, I was really dragging! The first thing we did was drop by the Unbridled Books booth for a blogger breakfast with the lovely Caitlin Summie and authors Masha Hamilton (31 Hours), Emily St. John Mandel (Last Night in Montreal AND The Singer’s Gun), and Joyce Hinnefeld. I was SO excited to finally meet Joyce whose book In Hovering Flight (read my review) topped my list of best reads for 2009. She has a new book coming out in October (check out Stranger Here Below).
Me and Joyce Hinnefeld
The Unbridled Books booth (Caitlin…this one is making me LAUGH!!)
I also met Beth Kephart and got her latest book signed. She is as lovely in person as she is on her blog…and I can’t wait to read her novel.
Kip and I headed out at lunch time to pack up the books I’ve picked up so far and take them to the post office (two blocks from our hotel) to be mailed media mail. We sent a HUGE box and only had to pay $20 which I considered a deal!
Later we headed back to the Javits to do some wandering about before the Book Blogger Convention reception. Here are some scenes from inside the exhibition hall:
Algonquin Books booth
Here are the books I picked up on Thursday:
- Still Missing, by Chevy Stevens (for a giveaway later this summer)
- Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff
- The Wolves of Andover, by Kathleen Kent
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson (signed)
- The Bells, by Richard Harvell
- City of Tranquil Light, by Bo Caldwell
- Some Sing, Some Cry, by Ntozake Shange and Ifa Byeza (signed)
At 4:00 PM we headed downstairs to mingle at the Book Blogger Convention reception.
This event was very much a networking event with authors, publicists and bloggers all exchanging business cards and chatting it up. If there was ever any doubt that bloggers are not a huge part of the marketing plan for books, that was quickly dispelled!
Kip and I headed back to the hotel around 6:00 PM, grabbed a quick bite to eat and went to bed early to get rested up for the Book Blogger Convention on Friday!