Monday, May 17, 2010

What I'm doing at BEA

A week from today, I'll be landing in NYC and getting ready for an exciting week of books and book-related conversations at BEA. Before that, though, I have to make it through a crazy week of meetings and deadlines. This is going to be my busiest week all year. I'm looking forward to Friday in a major way.

This is a tentative schedule of things I plan on attending at BEA. I'm looking forward to meeting many other bloggers in person, on Friday at the blogger con in particular, but even though it's huge, it's surprisingly easy to randomly run into people in the exhibit hall. I know I won't get to all of these events, but I'll do my best.

Tues, May 25th
I'll be at Library Journal's Day of Dialog at the Javits all day, then dinner with a friend (Indian food in the East Village = yum) and a trip to the Strand that evening, assuming we're still awake.
Also, 4:30-5:30pm is the BEA Editor Buzz panel, and I'm going to try to get to it; Anne Fortier's Juliet will be one of the books talked about (her publicist's told me a signing will take place on site as well).

Wed, May 26th
10-11am, Mitchell James Kaplan signs By Fire, By Water, set in 15th c Spain, at the Other Press booth (4340).
10:30-11:30, a trio of signings at tables 22, 23, and 24 - Soho Press publishes excellent mysteries with an international flair. James Benn's Rag and Bone, part of his Billy Boyle WWII mystery series, is the only historical of the three.
11am-noon. Rock star librarian Nancy Pearl signs Book Lust To Go at booth 4330-B.
At 11:30 I'll be having lunch with my fellow HNR editors from the US... all six of us in the same place for the first time ever.
2:00-3:30pm, AAP Annual Librarians' Book Buzz. Learn what books the publishers are promoting to librarians for the fall (it's open to everyone, of course).
3:00-4:00pm, Bernice McFadden signs the Harlem Renaissance novel Glorious at booth 4504.
4:00-4:30pm, Anna Godbersen signs two YA historicals at table 19.
4:00-5:00pm, Mary Osborne signs Renaissance YA novel Nonna's Book of Mysteries at table 25.
4:15-5:15pm, Jonathan Evison signs West of Here (sounds like a multigenerational epic about Washington State) at the Algonquin booth, 4259.
5:00pm Lug bag of books to mailing center, fill up box, mail box, return to hotel and collapse. If not yet full, drag bag of books on shuttle bus back to hotel.

Thurs, May 27th
9:30-10:30, Kathleen Kent signs The Wolves of Andover, a prequel to The Heretic's Daughter set in 17th-c England and Massachusetts, at table 26.
10am-10:45am, Deanna Raybourn signs The Dead Travel Fast , a 19th-century mystery/adventure set in Transylvania, at the Harlequin booth, 3922.
10:30-11:30, William Martin signs his latest history-based thriller City of Dreams at table 23.
11am-noon, Stacy Schiff signs her nonfiction bio Cleopatra at table 8. This overlaps with the next panel. Tough decisions will have to be made.
11am-noon, NBCC panel on the next decade in book culture, how reviews will be transformed, etc., etc. There's a similar panel at each BEA, and I try to attend to see if anything new and interesting will be discussed. Sometimes there is!
11:30-12:30. Lauren Belfer signs A Fierce Radiance, a WWII-era novel about the birth of penicillin, at table 1.
4-6pm, Book Blogger Convention author & blogger reception. Not sure where this is yet.

Fri, May 28th, I'll be at the Book Blogger Convention.


  1. Sounds like such a great week. I wish that this was something I could attend. Always wanted to, but public education doesn't permit the trip during school. How sad. I truly can't wait to hear all about it. The Book Blogger Convention is a real highlight that I hate to miss. Enjoy..the friend, food and time surrounded by your love of books.

  2. I'm trying to arrange things so I can attend the Book Blogger's reception, too. Knowing you'll be there is extra incentive! :)

  3. It would be great to see you again, Susan, hope you can make it!

    Wisteria, I wonder if they'll keep to the weekday schedule - this is the first year they're trying it. I prefer the weekends myself, because it means less time off, but more publisher-types can attend this way.

  4. I will be at BEA too - except I won't be getting there until Thursday morning, so I'm going to miss the wonderful Wednesday events.

    I am going to the blogger con and the reception too. Maybe I will see you there!

  5. Sarah, If they keep to the weekday schedule next year, I am going to take a personal day for at least one of the days. I will have to plan on it at the beginning of the school year. Say hi to all the book bloggers. LOL.

  6. Hope to see you there, Heather - it should be fun!

    Wisteria, that sounds like a good plan. One of these days we'll meet up!

  7. I'll be in line for Kathleen Kent's autograph too, so maybe I'll see you there. Otherwise, I hope we manage to chat at one of the blogger dos!

  8. I know you will have an awesome time there! I'm going to be doing the Arm Chair BEA.

  9. Avis - something tells me Kathleen Kent will have a long line of people waiting for that book. I'm sure we'll meet up at some point, at the blogger con if not beforehand!

    The Armchair BEA is a great idea.