BEA 2015 Recap
Kel Monday, June 01, 2015
I officially survived my first ever BEA! BookExpo America was three days of crazy, but it was tons of fun, and I'm so glad I had the chance to experience it and meet so many book lovers. :)
With a few exceptions, everything was well organized, and all the publishers and BEA staff deserve a huge round of applause for managing the lines and mobs brilliantly. Send them cookies and smiles!
I met a lot of bloggers who kept me sane in those long lines but, being me, took almost zero pictures. Failure supreme. :P In those I did take, starting at the top left, we have Mara (Reading Hedgehog) and Hazel West, Summer (Blue Sky Shelf), the Friday blogger meet up at Bryant Park, and--drum roll, please--my absolutely AMAZING roomies, Asheley (Into the Hall of Books), Jess (Gone with the Words), Lauren (Love is Not a Triangle) and Danielle (Love at First Page)! These are seriously four of the sweetest, nicest, most entertaining ladies out there, and I completely lucked out getting to room with them. Thank you guys for making BEA rock!
I also got to see Gwenda Bond when she signed Lois Lane: Fallout, and Isabel Bandeira (soon to debut author and fellow South Jersey girl who told me about Bookitcon, a book/author event coming to Moorestown, NJ in August! That last picture is a bunch of us bloggers at Chevy's, where I ate way too much salsa. :)
Even though I was pretty picky about the books I grabbed, I was very happy to have the rolling suitcase on Thursday and Friday. Even a few books can get heavy fast. I realized Thursday evening I hadn't given out many business cards, but I managed to hand out quite a few Friday. I also hit the Teen Author Carnival and BloggerCon. And I played paparazzi and grabbed quick shots of Patrick Ness and Nathan Lane while on line.
And, of course, on top of all these book events, we're in NYC! While I'm definitely glad to be home with my wide open fields and car and dog, I love visiting New York. There are always streets I've never walked before and people everywhere. And food. Lots and lots of food.
Believe it or not, after three days of BEA, I also braved one morning of BookCon. I only stayed long enough for one signing and a quick visit with Mara and Hazel (someone had to help me eat those empanadas), but it seemed to be much more organized and less life threatening than last year. Still stuffed with people, and once again the exhibit floor was cut in half (putting panels and autograph lines downstairs and far away), but less likely to result in injury. :)
So, that's my basic BEA recap! Notes on the book haul to follow on this week's Updates, and more pictures can be found on my Twitter and Instagram feeds. How about you guys? Did you have a good BEA/BookCon? If you didn't attend this year, do you plan to next year when it's in Chicago? :)