Book Expo: May 27, 2010

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 finally got to meet the vivacious Miriam Parker from Little Brown and Company and picked up a copy of Kathleen Kent‘s latest novel.

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

Harper Collins

Other Press

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.

Natasha and Amy registering people

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!

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  1. I’ve so enjoyed your posts and pictures – thanks so much for getting them up there for those of us who weren’t able to go!

  2. This looks like a blast!

    Thanks for the great pictures!

  3. Wow, this looks like such fun! And what a great way to promote book blogging, and emphasize it’s importance in the future of publishing and book promotion.

    • Ariel on May 30, 2010 at 11:15


  4. Wendy,
    You will love Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand. I’m finishing it this Memorial Day and will be sad to see it end. it’s a love story about a widow and widower over 55 – a delight! Romantic and funny. So happy to see you picked it up at BEA.

    Thanks also for your participation in the BBC panel on social responsibility. You taught me – a Luddite author new to the blogosphere – that bloggers can be activists.

    Thank you,
    Helen Ellis

    • Wendy on May 31, 2010 at 08:26

    Rhapsody: You’re welcome – I had meant to post things daily … but it was a huge process to upload photos, get links, etc…and at the end of every day I was so exhausted I didn’t always do it! Glad you have enjoyed them (even if they were late coming up!)

    Hannah: It was fun! Glad you’ve enjoyed the posts.

    Ravenous Reader: If there was ONE thing I got out of this event, it was that there is a very bright and shining future for book bloggers in the publishing world….very exciting!

    Ariel: I so wish you were there so I could finally meet you in person. Maybe next year?

    • Wendy on May 31, 2010 at 08:34

    Helen: So glad to hear you loved Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand – I am eager to read it! And thank you SO much for your kind words about the panel on Social Responsibility. I would love to see more bloggers doing things to raise awareness and become activists for causes they care about.

    • Serena on June 1, 2010 at 06:51

    # Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff
    # The Wolves of Andover, by Kathleen Kent

    Those are two books I missed out on! Bummer. I missed the blogger reception as well. I was exhausted. So I took off before the reception and headed to a nap…then it was blogger dinner time!

    • Anna on June 4, 2010 at 09:54

    The Cleopatra book is one that I really wanted but didn’t get. But I started really getting tired and not caring toward the end. LOL! I was so good, I only brought home 6 books for myself…but as I read all these recap books, I’m thinking I missed out on some good stuff.

    Looks like you had a wonderful time!

    • Wendy on June 6, 2010 at 08:02

    Serena: The reception was CRAZY! It was way focused on networking…and I have to admit, I was a bit intimidated!!

    Anna: You were so good only grabbing 6 books for yourself. I ended up with about 50 LOL!

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