I attended my first BookExpo America (largest annual book trade fair) this past week in New York City. For this literary nerd, it was pretty close to nirvana. I had never gotten a chance to go as a bookseller so I wasn’t about to let my first year as a Librarian pass me by. I knew from research that it was to be a haven of publishers, authors, FREE BOOKS, exhibits, presentations & parties. Now before you assume that this conference wouldn’t be open to you, you are wrong. BEA has embraced all the non- industry book lovers/avid readers and created a special day just for them called Power Readers day that falls on the last day of the conference.
I would encourage anyone who is a lover of books to investigate attending this conference. Here are some highlights and I’ll post my top tips later this week.
- Attending a party where 8 authors were bartending their own stations & mixing cocktails.
- Walking along The High Line which Peter Brown so beautifully writes about (and illustrates) in The Curious Garden.
- Trading music festival tips with Rob Sheffield while he signed his new book, Turn Around Bright Eyes:The Rituals of Love and Karaoke.
- Talking tattoos with the winsome Obert Skye, of Potterwookie & Wonkenstein books.
- Being completely charmed by the talented Greg Pizzoli & loving The Watermelon Seed.
- Acting like a ‘fan girl’ while getting FaNGIRL signed by Rainbow Rowell, gushing about Eleanor & Park.
- Attending the Children’s Author Breakfast with Mary Pope Osborne, Rick Riordon, Octavia Spenser & Veronica Roth.
- Zola Books FINALLY a brillant alternative to Goodreads. Can’t wait until the site if fully operational next month but go play around right now!