Before I get into today’s post, I just want to take a moment to mention that Ray Bradbury died. May he rest in peace.
Now, onward to BEA… no picture with this update, because I am exhausted and being lazy. I thought yesterday was chaotic. I was mistaken. Apparently today was supposed to be the busiest day of Book Expo, and it lived up to its reputation.
I woke up early this morning after a restless night of sleep (I have a bit of a cold, which is not fun). I chugged a bunch of coffee and headed to Javits, where I got to meet John Scalzi. I told him that I would have brought him bacon, but that I couldn’t find any at that particular time of morning. Scalzi thanked me for not bringing him bacon, as it’s a bit difficult to travel with, but signed my copy of Redshirts with the phrase “Thanks for the bacony thoughts!” I cannot even begin to describe the level of awesomeness that I felt at that moment.
I had decided after bringing home almost 30 books yesterday that I would bring back fewer today. I still ended up with another 25, many of which were signed. In addition to Scalzi, I also got to meet N. K. Jemisin and Charles Stross, among other people. I’ll make a post later about the highlights of my BEA acquisitions, because right now I’m too tired to think or dig through my bags.
After a hectic day at the Expo, we went to an event at the New York Public Library which featured readings from four authors: Kristin Cashore, N. K. Jemisin, Naomi Novic, and Catherynne Valente, all of which were awesome. Oh, and the whole thing was hosted by Lev Grossman and accompanied by a band that included a cello and an accordion. It was pretty awesome.
We also got an invite to a DC Comics party at a club. We stopped by for a little while, but it involved a lot more standing than we were willing to tolerate, and we didn’t see any of the writers who were supposed to be there. I think that Pubdate would have been a lot more fun if I wasn’t so tired, and also if they didn’t charge you money to use the restroom.
Ok, it’s my bedtime now… night everyone!