Daniel and I got up early and went to the airport clinic to get our yellow fever shots for our upcoming trip to Kenya and Tanzania. It took a rather long time. Daniel went immediately after to an illustrator meeting, but I didn't go to the fair until about 4 pm. I talked to various guide book publishers about getting some guide books to review for my trip. Footprint Books has a travel guide for Kenya, but by the time I made it back on Sunday, they had packed up and left. Thomas Cook has a Travellers guide for Tanzania, but the fair copy was stolen, so the rep promised to send it to me. I have the Lonely Planet East Africa guide and got their Watching Wildlife East Africa guide today. I also already have Fodor's The Complete African Safari Planner. Many companies don't seem to have much for Africa, so the selection isn't as grand as I hoped.
My only schelduled activity on Friday was a reading by German YA Author Nina Blazon. She read from her new novel TOTENBRAUT (Dead Bride) and told us a bit about the story. It's a historical/paranormal set in the Balkans and incorporates vampire myths from Eastern European folktales, which are much different than TWILIGHT and books of its' ilk. Originally, before Bram Stoker got ahold of them, vampires were more like zombies. People were afraid that people who died and were buried could come out of their graves and then suck the life out of the living. It was quite a fascinating talk and we ended up buying the book and got it signed.
Afterwards, we walked around hall 4.1 some and looked at the art and design books. I also stopped by Scholastic and got a few books, and was dazzled by the cover for Maggie Stiefvater's LINGER (highly anticipated sequel to SHIVER). The rep there told me that SHIVER has sold foreign rights in 37 territories and counting so that's exciting news!
After attending Daniel's cousin's birthday brunch, Daniel and I headed over to the Shaun Tan signing (see my whole separate Shaun Tan signing post). Then I went over to Simon and Schuster and got my copy of Lisa McMann's GONE (yay!) and over to Random House were the rep had reserved the last copy of ALL UNQUIET THINGS by Anna Jarzab (unfortunately someone had stolen THE RED UMBRELLA by Cristina Diaz Gonzalez). They were also all out of THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa by the time I got to Harlequin Teen and neither HarperTeen or Little, Brown had any ARCs of upcoming books. I briefly saw some yummy Egmont USA ARCs at Random House, but they belonged to someone (sigh).
But Penguin saved the day with lots of delicious upcoming offerings! There I met Ka-Yam who is also an avid YA book reader and blogger. You should have seen her bag of ARCs - insane I tell you!
I met Ann again, this time with our friend Rebecca and we were at the fair when the doors opened. We got a ton of picture books and sales dummies of upcoming picture books (including Daniel's!!) - I must have gotten at least 40. We also stopped by a few remainder dealers and bought a couple of books. Then we dropped off our goodies and went out for a relaxing brunch.
Here are some haul highlights (YA):
EXODUS and ZENITH by Julie Bertagna (apocalyptic lit from the UK)
ALL UNQUIET THINGS by Anna Jarzab (mystery/thriller set for Jan 2010)
THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS by Francisco X. Stork (March 2010)
SHADOW by Jenny Moss (Fantasy April 2010)
DARK LIFE by Kat Falls (MG dystopia set for May 2010)
FOR KEEPS by Natasha Friend (April 2010)
WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green & David Levithan (April 2010)
SING ME TO SLEEP by Angela Morrison (March 2010)
THE NAUGHTY LIST by Suzanne Young (Feb 2010)
UP OVER DOWN UNDER by Micol Ostow & Noah Harlan (April 2010)
STUPID CUPID by Rhonda Stapleton (Dec 2009)
GONE by Lisa McMann (Feb 2010)
MAGIC UNDER GLASS by Jaclyn Dolamore (Feb 2010)
A MYTHOLOGICAL DATING GUIDE by Francesca Lia Block (out now)
I also got a bunch of adult titles:
And a couple of cook books :)