Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Books, People & Swag of BEA 2014

I'll have a longer post later (including a letter about BookCon, my trip to Bloomsbury's HQ and my Best/Worst BEA moments) but let's talk about the books and people I interacted with.

Ladies and gentlemen I walked away with 61 books this year.  22 of which are ARCs of books I've already got on preorder at my local indie but desperately want to read sooner rather than later.  Almost all of which I'm sharing with my sister (who got an additional 20 I believe, a quarter or so of which I have on preorder).  If you want to see a complete list of what I got at BEA, check out my Goodreads shelf.

Of the 5 Unusual Genre'd books I was interested in, I got 4 of the 5.  The only one I didn't get is The Palace of Illusions by Kim Addonizio , but that signing was over with really quickly.  Of the 6 Books I was Excited for I got 5 of the 6.  The only one I didn't get is Party Games by RL Stine, but I requested the e-copy so we'll see.

Buzz was made about the fact many of the "celebrity" signings were not in fact books but excerpts and promo cards.  I know that Alan Cumming and Angelica Houston both signed full physical copies, but Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Siegel, Danielle Fishel, Stan Lee & Carey Elwes did not. 

Arguably Sarah J. Maas (signing Heir of Fire) and Scott Westerfeld (signing Afterworlds) earned MVP status for their insistence to finish their lines no matter the length (Sarah's went on for two hours). 

I want to give an award to Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-fives (who I had the pleasure of meeting at the Bloomsbury offices before BEA) for being a trooper despite how much discomfort he must have felt.  Somehow I don't think anyone warned him what book lovers can be like. The Book Life is a hard world at times.

Did you manage to snag a copy of Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schultz?  No?  I urge you to go find one.  Its Middle-Grade, but from the little I read it sounds like a rip-roaring adventure as 13 year old Jocelyn sets sail to avenge her father, Captain Hook's, untimely demise by crocodile.

I think that Disney-Hyperion's swag blanket/tote for Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly was a huge smash - those things looked damn comfortable (I didn't snag one) and Bloomsbury's Throne of Glass tote Bags were also pretty snazzy (I gave mine away to a reader who was over the moon overjoyed to receive it).  I also want to call out Pink Pig Press for their tote bags.  These things are sturdy as hell, attractive and large enough for my work day.  The ladies at the booth were marvelously charming and warm.

A shout out to the ladies of Spencer Hill Press I spent time with--Jennifer, Kate, Laura and Kimberly you ladies freaking rock.  Can't wait to see y'all soon!  Author Alethea Kontis (who hung out at the SFWA booth as well as the tables) it was a real pleasure to see you again, you looked fabulous as always.  Raquel at Candlewick Press - thank you for your patience as I stumbled through the books I was excited for.  Alex at Orbit/Yen Press...actually this booth in general - how y'all put up with me each year is beyond my ken.

Emily at Bloomsbury - I'm really glad we had a chance to talk as much as we did and I look forward to talking to you again!  Jeaniene Frost and Cat Miller - thank you for your patience at the RWA booth, I know I was a bit flustered, but you guys went with the punches until I could breathe again.

Sarah J. Maas because, as always, you are wonderful, generous and I really do like the darker hair color!  Its beautiful with your eyes and skin tone!

Tori (aka the retired Book Faery) - I was so happy to run into you and spend some time talking.  And thank you for helping me nab books!  April (of Good Books and Good Wine) I'm sorry we didn't get to hang out/chat.  This year was hell with the hotel.

Chaz, Tegs, Me & Tasch last day of BEA
Chaz, Kylene, Suzan, Tasch and Me @ Shake Shack
To my roomies - y'all know how much I miss you.  Don't make me say it.  Chaz and Suzan - as always its a pleasure to see you both, can't wait for next year! So much stuff to do and plan for! 

How was everyone else's BEA?