Monday, June 2, 2014

Recap from my trip to BEA / BookCon

Lena Dunham from the hit HBO show "Girls" took time to sign for all of her fans after the Author Breakfast. She personalized every one. I'm looking forward to reading her book, "Not That Kind of Girl" when it comes out in September. Her dress was really beautiful up close. She said she loves nothing better than curling up with a good book.

Also at the author breakfast, I received an ARC of this historical fiction novel "Nora Webster" by Colm Toibin which I can't wait to start reading. It was interesting getting to hear how the author got the idea by listened to the adults in his small Irish town talking about a woman who secretly married a man in America only to come back home without him.

Tom Rob Smith autographed a copy of his latest thriller "The Farm" for me. What a nice guy. I remember reading his book "Child 44" and this one looks just as good, if not better.

My daughter, Nicole, got her picture taken with Julie Kagawa. She is a really sweet person. Zola Books even emailed this pic to her in a free ebook of Julie's latest, "The Forever Song" along with a personalized autograph from Julie. 

Cassandra Clare's table was one of the busiest. I wasn't able to get a ticket to her signing, but was able to snap this pic of her. Just standing there and watching the reactions of her diehard fans after getting to talk to her was fun.

Maggie Stiefvater from afar. I couldn't snatch a ticket for her signing either, but it was good to see her.
She was there to promote a companion novel to her best-selling "Shiver" series.

Veronica Roth talks about writing from Tobias' point of view in her new short story collection "Four" coming out July 8th. She said that she originally wrote her "Divergent" series from his perspective when she was a freshmen in college. It's amazing that she's only 26 years old!

We waited over two hours in line to see the final event with John Green talking about the movie adaptation of "The Fault in Our Stars" but we couldn't get in. However, it started to rain so we couldn't leave the Javits Center anyway, so we stuck around and managed to catch the last 10 minutes when the security personnel started letting more people in. John even hopped off the stage to hug a teenage boy with a prosthetic leg who asked him a question from the audience.


  1. Awww John Green!! Great pictures btw. Looks like you had a blast at BEA.

  2. I wish I'd known you were there - I would love to meet you!

  3. Looks like you had a nice time.

    I hope you weren't disappointed in the Saturday event with all the BookCon folks there.

    It was VERY crowded. It looks like they were having a great time just like everyone.

    Glad you were able to attend.

    Too bad I didn't know you were there. We could have said hello.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    1. It was very crowded, but we had a real nice time.