Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Lots to Share!

Wow! I had a pretty exciting week last week with my first experience at BEA and my first Book Bloggers Conference. I had an incredible time seeing friends, meeting cyber-friends in person for the first time, attending sessions and enjoying New York City.

I thought I'd just share it with you through my pictures, so brace yourself for a photo-heavy post. Here we go:

I don't know what the Dork Diaries are, but I found this fitting for me, as you'll realize through my photo montage.

My first night in New York City was stupendous. I was seriously worried that everything else would be a disappointment. I met my wonderful friend Erin Mitchell for the first time in person. Then she and I had dinner with Alafair Burke and Michael Koryta. Fabulous evening!

Megan Abbott and Hilary Davidson kicked off the signings at the Mystery Writers of America booth. Margery Flax organized that whole ordeal and let me tell you, it ran smooth and wonderful all week! Some other faces at the MWA booth:

James Barney is also a xuni author. The danger of working with xuni is discovering writers like James!

Katia Lief is also a xuni author. More temptation.

Persia Walker, Margery, Sophie Littlefield and Todd Ritter - a great crime fiction crew!
I do not know how Ken Isaacson escaped all of my pictures, but he also helped keep the booth signings running smooth. And Ken is one of those people who never let you feel unappreciated!

I attended my dear friend and fellow blogger, Lesa Holstine's panel but arrived too late to hear her part. You can read what she shared here, though. The woman sitting next to Lesa - the one talking in the photo - got brownie points with me since she gave a shout-out to Marcus Sakey's THE TWO DEATHS OF DANIEL HAYES. Woo hoo!

Tuesday night, Ben LeRoy accompanied Erin and I to the Apple Store in SOHO where we got to see David Baldacci, Brad Meltzer and Michael Koryta. I have to openly admit that meeting Brad in person was truly a highlight of my week. He is as wonderful in person as he is online and via email. Amazing person.

I attended the author tea with my super great blogging friends, Jenn (Jenn's Bookshelves) and Candace (Beth Fish Reads). Thanks to the wonderful Megan Fitzpatrick, we were able to meet Scott Brick and she took our picture with him. Meeting Megan for the first time in person was also a tremendous treat. I enjoy talking with her via social media and she's even more charming and fabulous in person!

Each day there were special ticketed signings you could try to get tickets for. The tickets were available before the show floor opened and one day you were eligible for 5 tickets and the other day 6. I only took interest in two: Ridley Pearson/Dave Barry and Tom Wilson.

I have to admit, I wasn't real big on standing in the lines. But there are some people worth waiting for no matter what. Val McDermid and Cara Black are definitely among those folks. Even getting to see them for a very brief time was worth the effort. They are super ladies!

While I didn't have an opportunity to take pictures during the Book Blogger Conference - I was taking notes, interacting and being a panelist, I enjoyed my day with other book bloggers. It's always a great experience to share ideas and stories and questions.

I told you that I started my trip out wonderfully and worried about the rest of the week keeping pace. Obviously I had some outstanding experiences. I was truly blessed to cap off my trip with an evening just as spectacular.

Hilary Davidson and I shared dinner at her favorite restaurant Friday night. The restaurant is Bistango and if you ever have the chance to go, do it! The owner took this picture of us and everything about this Italian restaurant was amazing. The food was wonderful, the ambiance was charming, the prices were affordable, the service was out of this world. And it is also a gluten-free friendly restaurant.

Hilary walked back to my hotel with me and we detoured to see the New York Public Library. I saw the lions and couldn't help but think of Linda Fairstein. We walked through Bryant Park, which is very lovely. And we enjoyed our time together.

This week was definitely an experience I have to treasure forever. A whole week with people who love books as much as I do. How can you top that?

Thanks for tolerating my vacation slide show here. I hope you enjoyed the pictures. I want to quickly mention that today also kicks off Audiobook Month. I'm going to be doing some special posts throughout the month with giveaways and reviews. Maybe I can snag a narrator interview. But I hope you'll celebrate audios along with me this month.

Happy Reading every one!


Jenn's Bookshelves June 1, 2011 at 12:46 PM  

It was so great to see you again! I wish we could have spent more time together!

Beth F June 1, 2011 at 2:29 PM  

Really let me just repeat what Jenn said! So great to see you -- not enough time.

pattinase (abbott) June 1, 2011 at 3:00 PM  

I do have to stay BISTANGO is our favorite too. We stayed on 29th at Third twice for a month and ate there constantly. Just love it and thank for the memories here.

Pop Culture Nerd June 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM  

Soooo fabulous! Thanks for the recap and photos, Jen. I was going to ask how you plan to top this but then I remembered you've got Bouchercon in September!

Did you see Val McDermid when she interviewed Denise Mina at B'con last year? They were both great. I also ran into Val at the diner across the street from the Hyatt. She was wearing pajama pants! She got extra points for coolness just for that.

Pop Culture Nerd June 1, 2011 at 3:40 PM  

Oh, and I'd like that dork carpet for my front steps, please. "Dork this way"? C'mon! Perfect for me!

Janet Rudolph June 1, 2011 at 4:21 PM  

Photos are fabulous! Almost... well not really almost.. like being there. And the Dork carpet goes to Pop Culture Nerd.. my decision!

Pop Culture Nerd June 1, 2011 at 4:32 PM  

Yay! Janet says I get the carpet!

bermudaonion June 1, 2011 at 5:35 PM  

I'm glad I got to meet you even though it was only briefly. I can't believe I missed you at the event at the Apple Store.

Jen June 1, 2011 at 9:22 PM  

Jenn, Candace, Kathy...I'm so glad to have had a chance to see you, no matter how brief. We absolutely must do it again!

Jen June 1, 2011 at 9:24 PM  

PCN, that's actually not a rug. You can't tell from the perspective I took the picture, but it's adhered only to the front of the steps, so looking straight at it, you see the message. If it had been a rug, Erin and I would have figure some way to get that bad boy out of there!

Jen June 1, 2011 at 9:25 PM  

Thanks Patti! I know I'll be going back to Bistango the next time I'm in NYC.

Naomi Johnson June 1, 2011 at 11:34 PM  

Looks like you had a wonderful time!

Christine June 2, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

My kind of vacation slide show! Looks like a grand time! Thanks so much for sharing the fun, Jen.

iubookgirl June 2, 2011 at 12:34 PM  

Wow, sounds like you had a great time!! I so wish I could have been there.

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