Book Blogger Con: There are only three important events that you need to know about:
1. I got to meet Tom Pollock and sit at a table with him for lunch. He’s funny, charming, has an unfairly adorable British accent. It was this time that truly got me excited to read his fantasy The City’s Son, which could be alternately entitled My Love Affair With the City based on how he speaks of it. All I know, it’s now definitely in the top three books I will read next.
2. I got to hang out and chit chat with Julie Kagawa for a little bit. I only fangirled a tiny bit, which considering how much of a genius she is, is actually remarkable on my part. I told her how much I loved her questions of our reliance on technology and how she did something with faeries no one else did. AND THEN SHE LET ME HOLD HER JEWELRY BOX. While Julie put on a bracelet of mini versions of her book covers given to her by a friend, I got to hold the box. Which clearly I promptly dropped on the floor. Hello, embarassing. It’s not my fault though, my tension tremors were through the roof because I was so excited. There’s no controlling the shaking when I get like that. But yea, adding hold Julie Kagawa’s jewelry box to my bucket list and crossing it off.
3. I TOUCHED THE BLOGGESS. Actually touched her. In real life. On the arm. I’m sorry I’m starting to hyperventilate just writing that. Now this is the point where I really fangirled out and told her how much I love her book and how inspiring she is and I can’t really remember what else I said because my brain wasn’t keeping the same pace as my mouth. But she told me I was lovely and thanked me. When there’s someone that you admire that much, when you meet them and they are kind to you despite your clearly unhinged level of enthusiasm, there is no better feeling in the world. So clearly then I went to the bathroom and hyperventilated for about 5 minutes. So now you know, the internet is real.
Scholastic’s “Reader’s Theatre” Blogger Event- They seriously outdid themselves with this one. There was no way that any other publisher event could exceed this one, so we definitely started the week on a high note. James Dashner, Eliot Schrefer, Jeff Hirsch, Maggie Stiefvater, Shannon Cameron, Raina Telgemeier, Donna Cooner, and Kate Messner acted out scenes for their forthcoming books. James Dashner stole the show with his comedic genius, though Maggie Stiefvater gave him a run for his money with some good old fashioned slapstick. Frankly, I couldnt imagine a better start to the week than laughing as much as we did.
BEA Day 1- I was surprised at how much more tame it was this year. People were far better behaved than they had been in the past. I presume they all finally took a course on manners and how to behave in public, but really all I can say is THANK GOD. No one was bitten, though things did get a bit crowded over at Disney Hyperion in the morning. Apart from that we had a fantastic day where I didn’t feel rushed, crazed, or frantic about being in lines or running from one place to the next. I’m glad we were able to keep that same pace and feeling for the rest of BEA as well. Highlight of what I saw—-Chafie Press’ Immersedition for Amanda Havard’s Survivor series. I’m actually buying an iPad just for this. NOT A JOKE. Check it out here.
Teen Author Carnival- I’m not even sure what happened because my head was busy spinning ala the girl in The Exorcist, but I know that I had an awesome time meeting new authors and catching up with some favorites. I now have a lady date with Rebecca Serle who is rapidly becoming one of my girl crushes and I know the name of Alicia Whitaker’s as of yet unborn second child. I will call this event a win so huge kudos to those who planned and helped execute especially Mitali, Britta and the West Boys.
Random House Power Reader Breakfast- This was a great event. Lots of food, an awesome drink bar, and an impeccably decorated space in the Random House offices. I mention this last one because……I MET NATE MOTHERFUCKING BERKUS. And then I nearly died of apoplexy on the spot. His new book The Things That Matter is out in October and he noted its a departure from traditional design books—-half memoir and half his philosophy on design more than a “how to”. I couldn’t agree more that the things we touch and see and surround ourselves with every day are important in shaping our lives and having a room that “rises up to greet you” may be the key to happiness.
BEA Day 2- More of the same only with more people. Wednesday was definitely the busiest day at BEA. My foot was bothering me so much and I was so exhausted I left at like 2 pm to go take a nap. Don’t worry, I rallied for the night.
The Chaperone Blog Tour Happy Hour- Drinks and snacks at The Brooklyneer with the other tour stop hosts from the blog tour? Sure, why not! I got to chat with Laura Moriarty for a while and she agrees with me that plot summary in reviews blow. In fact, some major review sources have printed spoilers of her ending and twists! Not cool. The book team showed up in Louise Brooks style wigs, there were delicious pretzels, meats and cheeses, and plenty of cocktails. I also met Rainy Day Books an independent bookseller in Kansas, but for the mostpart Lindsi, Heather, Danny and I started our own party.
Penguin Bird Bash- We moved down the street from The Brooklyneer to mix and mingle with some Penguin authors and other bloggers. Penguin knows how to throw a party complete with costumed picture station, cute table decorations (let’s just say we came home with a pocketful of penguins), spiked lemonade, and great people. I met some awesome bloggers there, but the highlight was clearly having a heart-to-heart with Heather about first loves and first breakups. We also got Danny and Lindsi really drunk which was so funny.
BEA Day 3- I’d clearly reached a level of exhaustion I didn’t know was possible. The show floor was practically empty with so many people fearing the onslaught of the first ever “public” entry to the show. The morning was jam packed with great YA author signings, but Lindsi, Erica and I called it quits by noon to have a relaxing afternoon napping in Central Park followed by dinner with Danny and Heather at Angelos, my go to pre-theatre eatery of choice. I’m entirely too bummed that I have to wait a whole year to get to hang out
Anything Goes- I have wanted to see this show for a year now and I was so excited to score $20 Hiptix for us to see it this week. I have honestly never laughed so hard or so long in my life. Apart from the rip-roaringly funny dialogue combined with comedic timing that bordered on genius, there were these short moments where you totally understood the brilliance of a Cole Porter score. There was a 4 note sax solo that caught my breath for how effective it was in “You’d Be So Easy to Love” and there was a sultry jazz trumpet part in “Blow, Gabriel, Blow” that made me swoon. Anything Goes is one that will surely stay on my Top 5 Plays I’ve Seen list.
Dinner and Dancing with Cara Lynn Shultz- Delicious eats at Macando and then we donned brightly colored wigs and headed out to Billy Hurricanes where we spun the shot wheel and danced till our legs hurt.
Shakespeare in the Park with Mitali and Lindsi- I have to say As You Like It was already one of my favorite Shakespeare plays but this production exceeded my expectations. The set was stunning, the acting fantastic and the music imaginative and entertaining. I would go see it again in a heartbeat. In fact, I think I will.
I should mention that I met so many other amazing authors (Siobhan Vivian, Gretchen McNeil, Amanda Havard and on and on), publicists, marketers, agents etc. I just honestly would have bleeding fingertips if I wrote out my entire week and all the wonderous people I met. So please forgive me if you’re not mentioned, I do love you.
So that was my BEA week and I’m going to need the rest of the month to recover.