BEA highlights


I’m home from my first BEA and so excited about books! Whoever thinks The Book Is Dead has never stood in a line at BEA. But you know what? The lines aren’t terrible because you are with Your People — fans of the same authors who love books as much as you do. It was great to spend a little bit of time with strangers who shared a passion, and everyone was so nice. Yay.

So here’s the haul:

BEA 2011 books

Um, can we say EXCITED????

Even with all that, I sort of wish I’d stayed for today — I’m sorry to miss Marianna Baer and Micol Ostow’s signings. They’re both VCFAers. Maureen Johnson’s new book, The Name of the Star, was also going out today, and that looks fun. But it’s okay. I’ll pick these up when they officially come out, and until then, I have plenty to keep me busy.

And because these are free books, I’ll be posting about them over the next few weeks. I’m planning to do a few giveaways, as well. It’s only fair to share the wealth!

In terms of highlights:

  • Getting a book signed by Colin Meloy of The Decemberists.
  • Picking up books that I’ve been excited about, like Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, Crossed by Ally Condie (whose outfit matched her book cover at the signing — how cute is that?), and Susan Orlean’s Rin Tin Tin. I tried to thank her for the MarisolSearch signal boost and got all choked up. Oy. She remembered us, though, and was lovely.
  • Getting to see wonderful book people I’ve met through NESCBWI, VCFA, and LJ like Dawn Metcalf, Linda Urban, Nandini Bajpai, Teresa Harris, Sarah Hamburg, Jamie Pittel, Kekla Magoon, Lauren MacLeod, Rich Michelson, Marla Frazee, Allyn Johnston, and Matt Phelan.
  • Having my name stolen by Melissa Marr. When she was signing a copy of her new adult novel, Graveminder, for me, she asked me about my name and what it meant. She grabbed my sticky, wrote down the meaning, and said, “I’m keeping this.” I’d used that same sticky for 2 days, but it’s all good 🙂 I’m fine with Melissa Marr stealing my name, as long as she puts it to good use.
  • Rooming with Edith Cohn and meeting her fabulous crit group Hannah, Kristy, and Bridget.
  • The lovely children’s book breakfast. The speakers were Katherine Paterson (who was hysterical, and her new book, The Flint Heart, looks AWESOME), Julianne Moore, Brian Selznick (Wonderstruck also looks fantastic — he showed a video of his studio with all of the images posted on one wall, and the entire audience gasped), Sarah Dessen, and Kevin Henkes (he was already a favorite and now I love him even more — he also makes me want to write picture books).
  • Random, hilarious celebrity sightings, like Ice-T, Jimmy Fallon, and Duff McKagan of Guns ‘n’ Roses.

My VCFA classmate Teresa Harris signed her new picture book, Summer Jackson: Grown Up, yesterday, and I was so excited to see Teresa Harris: Author. More on her book to come.

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