The weather was stormy when I got to the airport, so all the flights were delayed, but the airline was really great and put me on an earlier flight that hadn't left yet. So I ended up leaving only an hour later than I was originally supposed to, instead of, say, four hours late. The plane was full of Toronto book industry people--it was fascinating just sitting there listening to all the conversations going on around me. I was seated next to one of the book buyers for Chapters Indigo and got to talk with him a little about what book buyers do and so on. And I gave him a GIVE UP THE GHOST bookmark. :D
I had no idea what to expect from BEA, so I got there early and spent a good part of the morning just wandering around, figuring out where things were, checking out the booths, and picking up ARCs and other offered books when I saw one that caught my eye. Which was quite a few. I seem to have good timing for these things--I happened to walk by the Scholastic booth two separate times when they were giving out CATCHING FIRE (one Friday and one Saturday--naturally I only took a copy the first time ;) ). And I started checking out the signings, too, and ended up with quite a lot of books I can't wait to read:
(All signed except CATCHING FIRE)
(missing BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, which I was reading on the plane and forgot to take out of my bag for the picture)
I tried to be picky and only take books that I'd heard good things about or looked particularly interesting--otherwise I wouldn't have had room in my luggage. People have told me there used to be a lot more giveaways and that sort of thing at previous BEAs but it's hard for me to imagine!
That evening I went out to dinner with Class of 2K9ers Ellen Jensen Abbott, Fran Cannon Slayton, and Ann Haywood Leal, as well as Fran's librarian friend John, who directed us to pose in an authorly fashion staring off into the distance (which Ellen did amazingly while the rest of us failed because we were trying not to laugh):
(Ann, Ellen, Fran, and me)
After dinner we headed out to the Fuse 8 party where I met a bunch of other authors and bookish folk, and a good time was had by all.
I spent another day mostly at BEA--caught the alternate history panel given by Scott Westerfeld, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black, and later got to meet Justine Larbalestier and thank her in person at her signing. (What I was thanking her for, will be tomorrow's post. :D ) In the midst of that I joined a bunch of Debs and Tenners for lunch:
(Josh Berk, Jon Skovron, Neesha Meminger, Shani Petroff, Pam Bachorz, me, Jenny Moss, Michelle Zink)
Got together with a bunch of authors from the Verla Kay message boards for dinner (and got to see Fran and Jenny again!), then went to a kids lit drinks night with a few of them. More chatting with awesome authors = great fun.
Sunday was my "tourist day". I met up with Debs Shani Petroff and Heather Duffy-Stone for brunch and then set off to explore New York.
First I headed down to Battery Park to see the Statue of Liberty from a distance:
Then I walked to the Brooklyn Bridge and part of the way over, checking out the view. Impressive! One shot of Manhattan:
I wandered a bit in SoHo (crazy busy!) and around, and saw some interesting architecture. Particularly liked this little bridge between buildings:
Headed up to Madison Square for lunch to try the Shake Shack. Waited in line for an hour, but it was worth it. Best burger I've ever eaten!
Then made my way to Central Park. There was a brief shower but then it cleared up and got sunny again, so I was able to take a few pictures...
...of the fountain and courtyard:
...of an interesting statue amid the greenery:
...and of the reservoir with high rises looming over the trees:
A couple other touristy pics from earlier days:
Times Square at night
Met with my agent for dinner and talked about BEA, books, and New York fashion. :) Then went back to the place I was staying with the intention of having a somewhat early night, and ended up staying up rather late because I could not put LIAR down.
Attempted to visit Books of Wonder in the morning only to find it was closed for inventory. Boo! But I did get to visit the Holt offices and meet my editor and the cover designer for GHOST, and then my editor and I had a lovely lunch and talk.
And then it was time for me to fly on home. But I'm sure I'll be heading down to NYC again before too long!
And to everyone I was able to meet there--*waves* Hope to see you all again soon!