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Friday, June 15, 2012

New York - Day 4 - BEA Madness Begins

Well the true madness began on Day 4.  After a whole 3 hours sleep it was off to the Javitts Center for the first official day of BEA.  We got there at 7:00am in order to get the special author ticketed (Dennis Lehane, R.L. Stine & Molly Ringwald, which I ended up giving to Cammy) autograph events, plus wait in the line for entry into the expo floor. 
Best Gimmick
Bright and early
Melissa Marr was going all out for the release of her newest novel, Carnival of Souls with  a bunch of young adults dressed up with special t-shirts and carnival masks. They looked spectacular and it really lent a sense of excitement to the line up.

Dancer for Carnival of Souls

Melissa Marr
When the doors finally opened at 9am it was a mad rush.  It was insane people started running from booth to booth grabbing all of the books they wanted.  I was actually slightly disgusted by the general grabbiness and rudeness of people.  Most of them didn't even look at the publishers or say thank you, they would just grab a book and move on.  I took my time picking up a few books that I was interested in and chatting with the publishers. 

Mad rush for books
At about noon I was overwhelmed and headed up to the food court for a wee glass of wine.  All of the people (seems I can get a little bit claustrophobic)  and the intensity of it all had set my nerves and I just needed to chill for a bit. Feeling calmed down I headed back in and just had a fun time chatting with people, grabbing a couple of books and attending some author signings. (James Patterson, Dennis Lehane)

saw Mike Holmes while waiting in Patterson line up (he looked friendly)

James Patterson (he joked with me about my t-shirt)

Dennis Lehane (also liked my tshirt)

Ted Dekker

Pretty boys at Ellora's Cave booth

Me and Clifford

Dennis Lehane up close (Pic from Jenn)

Daniel Handler was delightful (also loved tshirt - must wear more often)

Teri and her mom (T in pink, Mom in white)
 That evening we attended the Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants event, which was totally my highlight of Book Expo America.

George, Harold and I

Me and the Charming Captain Awesome

Captain Awesome and Captain Underpants (Photo from Jenn)

Instead of dinner we headed out to get a manicure/pedicure at Broadway Nails, this fab spa that the Candace from Scholastic had mentioned.  The shoulder and foot massage we got was worth the price of the mani/pedi (wasn't even expensive) Afterwards we headed out to meet up with the girls at the Magnolia bakery and even ran into some more fellow Canadian bloggers.  Think we are going to have t-shirts made for us next year -- Canadians take over BEA.

From 30 Rock

Names and links to follow (Canadian Bloggers)
 When we got back we hung out in the fabulous lobby of the hotel (yup free wifi here!) and passed out from exhaustion.


  1. Candace was spot-on with the nail place recommendation - thank you, Candace!!!
    The Scholastic event was a blast such great people there.