Book Expo Day 1
Librarians, authors and new books, oh my! I had a wonderful day prowling BEA with Hillary, a librarian friend, and Rayna, a library student friend. Rayna is a blogger at Witless Witticisms. Hillary and I have been BEA buddies in years past, and it was Rayna’s first time. Although we have different reading tastes (“Oh wow, too many sad people and tragedies in this book! Here, Rayna, you’ll love it” I said, a few times) we were able to gravitate towards similar enough panels- librarian book buzz, YA, and some genres where we overlapped, to make for congenial company and good compromises on our respective whims. Best of all, Rayna and Hillary were willing to dive into some of the crowds around galley-handout tables on my behalf. True friends! And I met other librarians and book people, and had excellent conversations about historical fiction, libraries, books we love, and BEA itself.
Every year this happens: I hear about all these tantalizing titles of books that sound wonderful, even over and above the books I wind up physically taking away… and it’s both exhilarating and daunting. I feel like there are boundless delights and books to discover, and more happening every day. The Librarians’ Book Buzz panels are the chief culprits in this feeling, because I hear about more books than I take away… they mostly hand out sheets and give descriptions of the books, lists of potential books to add to the never-ending reading list. Usually, I emerge, clutching a sheaf of papers marked with “Want this!” and “Oh, yes please!” and big check marks wistfully placed next to titles… my head full of fantasies of winning the lottery and heading to a remote desert island with a stack of books to do nothing but read for a year. Because, maybe then I’ll catch up to all the delightful new stories. After I catch my breath, I will make a list of the books I have acquired this year. And another list of the books that are now on my radar.
Today, I feel like I walked miles and miles, exploring exhibitor booths, learning about new books, and in some cases, grabbing those new books and sticking them in my bag. And indeed, if I subtract the getting to and from the Javits Center, I’m at something like 7000 steps for the day, which is a good few miles. Yes, I’m geeky enough to wear a pedometer to the Javits center.
Tomorrow: Billy Collins will be at the Book Expo! Billy Collins!!!!! One of my all-time favorite poets ever. I am probably going to blither at him giddily when I give him my book to sign. The poor man. Cannot wait! There is also a chance I will get to meet Neil Gaiman on Saturday, but I anticipate that event will be terrifyingly crowded, so I’m not sure.
And there will be more librarians and authors and other neat book people to meet! More books to learn about, and possibly acquire!
Afterward, I rounded out my evening with SLA trivia questions, and was very pleased with myself when I was able to answer a question about an Egyptian goddess thanks to having read Rick Riordan’s YA series, The Kane Chronicles.
Once I catch up with myself (ha!) I will post a list of the books I have acquired, a list of the books I heard about but have not yet gotten into my hands, and a series of pictures of book covers that caught my eye. I hope the pictures came out- I don’t altogether trust the camera on my phone when combined with trying to take pictures in the middle of an exhibit floor.
A wonderfully bookish day. Early to bed, because it’s back for more tomorrow… Here’s hoping I manage to stammer out my name coherently when asking for Billy Collins’ autograph.