Book Expo America: Books, Authors & Beer

Barbara Vey -- June 3rd, 2013
View of the entrance area of the Javis Center (photo by Dan Blank)

View of the entrance area of the Javis Center (photo by Dan Blank)

Is BEA big?  Well, I spent all day Thursday and Friday there and feel I missed a lot as I read other posts about it, but somehow I was busy every minute!

Book Expo America is a giant trade show for the publishing industry.  You can’t just walk in and buy a single book.  There’s sales people all over, but they are selling to libraries, bookstores and chain stores.  Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t books to be had.  I saw more than one seasoned professional get absolutely giddy over an advanced copy of a book that was given away free and even more so if the author was there to sign it.

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Sara Nelson and Barbara Vey

Sara Nelson and Barbara Vey

 

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The first day I got to work at the PW booth.  It was exciting and a challenge.  Since I don’t work directly with the magazine, when I was asked a question, I need to get an answer from someone else so I really learned a lot.  It was also great to meet with the people who actually work in the office.  I talk to them online, but there’s just something about that personal touch.  As a special treat, I ran into Sara Nelson who was the editor of PW when I was first hired.  She’s now the Editorial Director at Amazon.

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The big houses were there in full force with scheduled signings with not only their big name authors, but also with new up and comers.  There were quite a few celebrity signings.  I caught Tim Conway (from the Carol Burnett Show) signing.  I know Jessica Lange was there to sign a children’s book she’s written, but in my mind, I kept seeing her in American Horror Story, so it was a little jarring to mesh the two.   Dr. Ruth showed up and everyone commented on how tiny she was in person.

 

Tim Conway

Tim Conway

Dr. Ruth (photo by Dan Blank)

Dr. Ruth (photo by Dan Blank)

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Romance Writers of America had signings every hour and I know every author signed all the copies of their books.  No left overs there.   I caught CJ Lyons signing at a couple of places and there were some people I just kept running into like Jeri Ready-Smith, Heather Graham, Jeannie Lin, Michelle Willingham, Sylvia Day and Eve Silver.

 

CJ Lyons

CJ Lyons

Hank Phillippi Ryan at Mystery Writers of America

Hank Phillippi Ryan at Mystery Writers of America

 

Line for YA signing at Harlequin

Line for YA signing at Harlequin

Rochelle Ayers and

Rochelle Ayers and Zuri Day

Jeannie Lin loving the feel of holding a Rita Award at RWA booth

Jeannie Lin loving the feel of holding a Rita Award at RWA booth

 

 

 

 

 

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Shindig Booth had video chats with authors. Here are Maya Rodale and Sarah MacLean

Shindig Booth had video chats with authors. Here are Maya Rodale and Sarah MacLean

 

 

Nancy Naigle and Jason Mott

Nancy Naigle and Jason Mott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were plenty of after hours parties to attend and the views of New York were to die for.  I met several new up and coming authors including Jason Mott who signed for two days his new book, The Returned.  Jason comes from a very small community of 600 and had a dream about his mom sitting at the kitchen table years after her death.  They talked about all that had happened since she passed, so Jason penned a story about a couple in their 70s who open the door one day to their son who had died at the age of 8.  Jason promised it isn’t a Stephen King kind of story, but more heart-warming and hopeful.  It’s already being filmed as an ABC series.  Not bad for a debut author.

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Free beer

Free beer

 

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One of the longest lines I saw was for Grumpy Cat.  Ok, someone had to explain who Grumpy Cat was to me, but now I remember seeing the pictures on Facebook.  Another line I got a kick out of was for beer.  Yes, one author insists on beer being served whenever she signs her books.  Obviously her readers love it.

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and Katana Collins

Sean Gordon Murphy and Katana Collins

 

At the Kensington party I met author Katana Collins and her husband, Sean Gordon Murphy.  Katana’s book just came out last week.  Her husband is an award winning comic book illustrator and has done illustrations of his wife’s book that they take to book signings.  A very unique way to draw in readers.

 

 

I also caught up with Bette-Lee Fox, Managing Editor of Library Journal.  She was manning the Library Journal’s booth for librarians.  A place where they could relax for a while.  Special congrats to Bette-Lee who will be accepting the RWA Vivian Stephen’s Industry Award in Atlanta in July.

Saturday was devoted to Power Readers for the first time.  Avid readers could come to the one day event and feast on the many giveaways and author sightings.  Unfortunately, I was stuck with an early flight so I missed it, but I’m sure there were extremely happy readers who left with arms aching from carrying all those books to add to their TBR piles.

Bottom Line:  A magnificent event to energize anyone with the love of books running through their veins.

36 thoughts on “Book Expo America: Books, Authors & Beer

  1. sharon

    Barbara, I love the Book Expo and haven’t been in years. Thanks for such a great update on what was going on. Sounds like I missed a lot of good stuff. Keep up the good work. In so many ways, you are a great intermediary for the writing world.

    Sharon Sala

  2. joysann

    I’d have stood in line for Grumpy Cat. But there are lots of authors I would have stood in line for, too. Maybe another year…

    1. Nancy Naigle

      Joysann they had the cutest dog and cat balloons that kind of floated behind you as you walked them by the leash in another booth. They were SO cute. You’d have loved that. Oh, and another booth had beautiful tote bags with cats on them. I got one of those to put a birthday gift in for a cat-loving friend!

      See you the Reader Author Get Together in Cincy this weekend — no doubt the driving will be better there than what we had in NY — did Barbara even mention in her post that she was in a taxi cab accident day one? Oh yeah…it was an adventure.

  3. Lily Santana

    Thanks Barbara! Reading your blog about BEA makes me feel sad I wasn’t there to enjoy the festivities. Though, I am still recovering from RT13 so kudos to you for having the stamina to partake in both! Great meeting you at RT13 BTW.

    Lily

  4. Nancy Naigle

    I had a great time. Always do. BEA is on my “must do” list every year. I even went to the Author Breakfast on Thursday morning. Chelsea Handler was the master of ceremonies.

    I wore comfortable shoes — but not comfortable enough. Next year — black Reeboks!

  5. Debbie Kaufman

    BEA is one of those events I aspire to go to one day. That first pic really gives you a perspective on how large that event is. In the meantime, thanks for the vicarious thrill!

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