Thursday, May 29, 2008

I'm Off, as in not here.

I have an exciting time coming up. Today, I'm leaving for Book Expo America, or as we booksellers call it, The Book Show. All the publishers are there to tell us about their new books, and give us copies of unpublished ones; and many of our favorite authors will be there to chat and sign books. This will be my 6th year attending the BEA.

This year the BEA is in Los Angeles, so I don't have too far to go; I'm staying at the Holiday Inn, right across the street from the L.A. Convention Center. Here are some of the things I'm looking forward to:

Today, I'm attending a Luncheon for African American Bookselling Professionals, it's being underwritten by Random House, and RH said it was OK for me to attend. The speakers are Nikki Turner, Donald Welch, Bertie Bowman, Halima Bashir and Terry McMillan. Terry McMillan is the only one I've read, so it'll be a great opportunity to discover new authors, and met other booksellers.

On Friday, I'm having breakfast with Sherman Alexie, Judy Blume, Neil Gaiman and Eoin Colfer. I'm most excited about Neil Gaiman, he's like a Rock God for booksellers; even if you don't normally read fantasy, you should read him.

On Saturday, there's Speed Dating with Children's Authors and Illustrators. I try to never miss this one, it's always fun.

On Sunday, I'm having breakfast with Dennis Lehane, Ted Turner and Azar Nafisi. Dennis Lehane is my all time favorite author, and it's been too long between books. I'm so excited.

Then, on Sunday, I'm having lunch with Micheal Connelly and Dean Koontz.

In between there will be lots of activities, and chances to stroll the aisles, and be given as many ARCs, as I can handle. The publishers want booksellers to have a chance to read their upcoming books, before they're released, so that we can hand-sell their book to you the public. I usually come home with hundreds of books, a few signed.

Hopefully, I'll have something exciting to tell about when I get home, and some photos to share. This is the first year I've gone, that I'll have my camera with me. I always come home good and tired, books are heavy. This is the first year I'll be attending alone, Bob's not up to it this year.

Don't worry, I've traveled alone, a lot, some weekends, a driving trip to Yosemite, and once I went to Hawaii by myself, Bob didn't want to go, he went the next time.

All photos, from the publishers.


Aoj & The Lurchers said...

That sounds like my idea of heaven!! Have fun!

Saucy said...

Please, please, just touch her for me. I so wanted scoliosis as a teen.

Pamela said...

I think I would enjoy that -- as a book reader, not seller.

lisa marie said...

If there was one celebrity/author/singer/etc I could meet I would request it be Koontz. And you had LUNCH with him! Oh I REALLY wanna go next year. :) I'll take all the photos you want I just wanna go. :)

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