After a hell of search for a table (publishers were hogging 2 and more tables for their authors) we finally got settled in for a so so breakfast and yummy coffee. Thanks to Cammy we were joined by some lovely ladies. Really enjoyed the conversation with blogger Karen Ballum and learned all about Blogher which I will be checking out once we are settled in our new place.
|Karen Ballum (BlogHer Book Club Host)|
After some quips back and forth with Colfer, John Green took the mike and was absolutely charming. At this point I was kicking myself for not getting tickets to his signing -- must start following him on twitter and read his books.
Next Lois Lowry took the stage and their was not a dry eye in the house after she was done. Again I highly recommend checking out the video of the event and bring kleenex. Picked up a copy of her book the other day too, can't wait to get some time to read it.
Honestly cannot really remember the rest of the breakfast but I did have a good time. Hey I was tired and needed more coffee. Than it was off for another day of crazy times on the expo floor. Mostly a positive day but had a bit of confortation with an extremely rude Librarian. It took a lot for me not to lose my temper and wreck the positive image of the friendly Canadian. My god she was so rude.
Signings and stuff
First off was the hilarious Michael Connelly. He said he would be more than happy to sign my copy of Heat Rises but only if he could cross off James Patterson and Dennis Lehane's names (he was totally kidding). Line up was huge for him, but worth the wait.
Jane Seymore (who is still ridiculously beautiful) was lovely. I managed to keep my fan girl tendancies down a little, but I did ask her who her favorite Bond was. She told me that she has to say Roger Moore, of course, since he is her Bond. But she whispered conspirately Pierce Brosnan.
|Captain Awesome working his magic with Chris Colfer|
|Got a giggle out of the Obama impersonator|
|On the way to another booth - I caught a quick shot of Tim Gunn|
One of the great things about BEA is getting to know the people waiting with you in author signing line ups. While waiting for R.L. Stine I met the most delightful couple (pictured above) Alan and his wife, Ann and we had a lovely conversation. Stine was absolutely a delight to chat with and he said I convinced him to come to Canada for a signing and of course I gave him Cammy's business card. I asked him if he was personalizing and he said only if I begged (jokingly of course) and of course I did -- hey its for the kids (when I got home, Jake was stoked by the signed copy)
|Jake was a little disappointed that Pierce only signed a poster for him - he really wanted the book|
Sarah, Jenn and I were invited to the launch for Laura Moriarty's book The Chaperone at The Brooklyneer. We chatted with Laura and the lovely publishing staff for a little while, but the place was seriously crowded and we felt a little awkward so we had a quick drink and than took off.
|The Brooklyneer Bar in NYC|
|Signature Drink The Brooklyneer - Yummy|
We ran into fellow Canadian blogger Rhiannon (who I just love) and finally met Amy who I have been following for a while.
We got to mingle with some talented and fun writers (Laura Moriarty, Stacey Ballis, Jen Lancaster), sipped on some funky cocktails, had some fun pictures taken and generally had a wonderful time. I didn't want to leave, but we were all getting a little tired so we headed back to the hotel. We hung out in the hotel lobby for a while, but since we were all so exhausted we went back to our rooms and fell asleep in about five minutes.
|Really should have worn some more makeup to make this wig work|
|Me and the lovely Sarah|
|Sarah, Laura Moriarty and myself|