BEA attendees, if you are stopping by Presenting Lenore for the first time, welcome! Regular blog readers, here is a short recap of my BEA experience so far.
After a 9 hr flight on Thursday, we arrived at JFK, got to our hotel, and finally made it to the Teen Author Carnival (very late) at 5:30. If you were watching the event live, then you might have seen me asking the final question to the third group of authors. I asked about the first blurb each was asked to write, and there were some great responses. Wish I would've taken notes, ha! Since I was so late, I missed out on a lot of authors, but I did get to chat with Pam Bachorz (Candor), Michelle Zink (Prophesy of the Sisters) and Sarah Cross (Dull Boy). Not to mention, I finally met a ton of bloggers for the first time in person! Steph, Alea, Steph Su, Dominque, Sharon, Marie, Kori, Devyn, Mitali, and ... my brain just shut down. In any case, Marie has a very unglam pic of her, me and Steph on her blog, as well as a better TAC recap and other pictures.
Then it was off to dinner with bloggers and Hachette publicists: Steph, her mother, Daniel, Amy, Julie, Dawn, Stephanie, Kelly, Brianne, Miriam and Literanista. Lots of fascinating bookish talk. The waiters took notice that Daniel was the lone male among many "bellas".
I got a couple hours of sleep before I met Amy and Julie to stand in line for Catching Fire tickets. We braved the pouring rain and were about tenth in line, so yes, we got tickets.
The rest of the day is a blur. I know I meet tons of lovely bookish people - at my signing (my blogger trading cards produced by the team at Firebrand are so fun! I will send one to the first 10 people who ask - signed even!), standing in long autographing lines, walking the convention floor, and at Books of Wonder later in the afternoon. I also got to chat with a few of my favorite authors including AS King (you are awesome), Gayle Forman (and her lovely daughter and husband), Melissa Walker, Joshua Ferris (so adorable!), Scott Westerfeld, Libba Bray...and my brain just shut down again.
Oh yeah...did I mention I got Catching Fire? (And I saw a couple of people sit down on the floor and start reading it immediately. There was also this little boy there who said he hadn't read it, but he was getting it for his teacher who couldn't come. How sweet is that?)
Just about time to join the fray again. I hope to catch some panels today, including the book blogger panel at 2:00 p.m. in room 1E15.