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Great Things About BEA12 So Far

June 5, 2012

The Book Expo delights me for any number of reasons. Authors and bloggers and publishers and librarians coming together to talk about the books we love, to discover new books, to talk about publishing… getting to see old friends and meet new people. I love it.

This year, there are some new reasons to love BEA:

The community of librarians and libraries represented at BEA is one of the main reasons I decided to go to school for Library Science.

Today, any time I met a librarian, I might have had a big, giddy grin plastered on my face. Because, this year, I’m part of the community, and part of the discussion. It makes me proud. Even something simple like having a cookie in the Librarian’s Lounge made me happy. Also, I have a hat from the Boston Public Library.

I went to panels on libraries, marketing, and community management, YA as a genre, took in a couple of presentations on upcoming books, got James Benn’s autograph (a charming man) and managed to keep my book-gluttony reasonably in check. In previous years, I might have gotten carried away with grabbing up ARCs.

I had an excellent, serendipitous day of running into almost everyone I’d been looking forward to seeing, taking a little time to catch up with friends in the book world. It was also terrific to stop by the AMACOM booth to say hi, and to see coworkers out and about on the exhibit floor. Can’t wait to compare notes and learn more about what books they’ve picked up to read for fun.

And, after I wound up my day at the Expo, I got to go to my YA Genre class, where the author of Tighter joined us for part of the class discussion.

So my day was long, and bookish, and quite lovely.

Book haul so far:

The Last Newspaper Man by Mark DiIonno. A novel about journalism of the 1930s, and the birth of celebrity culture. This is likely to hit me squarely in my urban history sweet spot. I’ve known Mark for years, through the Star-Ledger. (Ahh, Munchmobile memories.)

Reunited- Hilary Weisman-Graham. Because I am a sucker for a fictional band novel.

A Mortal Terror– James R. Benn. The sixth Billy Boyle novel (I think I’m a few behind in my reading.) When he signed my book, Benn took a moment to chat with me about other good WWII fiction, and recommended Zoo Station by David Downing. Very nice!

The Ruins of Lace– Iris Anthony. All I know about this book is that it’s a novel set against the lace trade of the 17th century.

A Place Called Armageddon– C.C. Humphreys. Because it’s historical fiction set in1453. I wonder if it has potential as a YA book for my historical fiction project.

Falling Kingdoms– Morgan Rhodes. It’s fantasy. I’ll give it a shot.

Broetry by Brian McGackin. Sort of frat boy spoofs of famous poems. Glanced through it and talked to the author, who made me laugh. So, now I have a copy of this book. I’m somewhat alarmed that this exists.

I also have a copy of The Diviners, by Libba Bray, because my YA Genre professor had a spare ARC. This was one of the books I was really looking forward to, and now I don’t have to brave a huge autograph line. Thanks, Jen!!

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