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.|
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!|
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!
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!