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BEA and the Book Blogger Convention: Yay!

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Hello to everyone stopping by from BEA and the Book Blogger Convention! This post is just a quick introduction of myself if we didn’t get to chat long when we met. If you scroll down to the bottom of this post, you can read my plans for BEA and how to contact me.

About Sophisticated Dorkiness

Kim Ukura photo 200pxSadly, I’m not really the South Park character on my business card. I’m just a regular girl blogging about books. I’ve been writing here at Sophisticated Dorkiness for just over two years.

I just recently received my master’s in journalism from the UW-Madison, which was exciting. By day I work as a trade journalist for a magazine based in Madison, and by night I’m an avid reader, blogger, and freelance journalist. My most recent piece — “Down on the Farm” — was published in the arts section of the Wisconsin State Journal last weekend.

I primarily read and review nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, and literary fiction, although I delve into other genres like YA fiction and comic books when the mood strikes — check out my Review Policy for more information. I also like to blog about blogging and co-host the Blog Improvement Project.

I do a semi-regular feature called Narrative Nonfiction 5, where I try to highlight five nonfiction books on a particular topic. Future lists will include football, city politics, and dysfunctional family memoirs. I’m very excited about those.

If you have a potential book for review, a freelance piece you need written, or just want to chat, please feel free to e-mail me at sophisticated.dorkiness [at] gmail.com. I’m also on Twitter @kimthedork.

Plans for BEA

I’m flying to New York early on Thursday morning, getting in (I hope) right around late lunch time. I’m heading over to the Javits Center to get a little taste of BEA before the Book Blogger Reception from 4 – 6 p.m. – can’t wait for that!

Then, I’m not sure what else until Friday except, at some point, hanging out with some very cool roommates – Sheila (Book Journey), Care (Care’s Online Book Club), and Esme (Chocolate and Croissants).

Friday morning I’m up and heading to the Book Blogger Convention where I’ll be on the Writing and Content panel (right after lunch), moderated by Rebecca (Book Lady’s Blog) and with panelists Christina (Stacked), Amanda (The Zen Leaf), and Betsy (Fuse 8 Production). Be there or be square!

And that’s all I have planned. My plane doesn’t leave until Saturday afternoon, so I’d love to meet up with people Friday night and Saturday morning. I’d love to see some New York indie bookstores or something, I’ve just been too nuts the last couple weeks to plan anything.

Contact Information

I’m available by e-mail during the conference – sophisticated.dorkiness [at] gmail.com – but probably won’t check it super often.

I also get Twitter DMs as texts on my phone, so feel free to contact me that way too. I’ll also have my cell for texting – let me know if you want that number.I can’t wait to meet you all (and kick the Terrible Cold I seem to have developed overnight, gah!).

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  • Caroline Leavitt May 30, 2010, 8:21 am

    ARGH. I’m sorry I missed you at BEA! I was busy signing and speaking, but I read and love your blog.

    Caroline Leavitt

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:16 pm

      Caroline: Thanks! I’d have looked for you if I’d been thinking about it and knew you were a regular reader. Thanks for commenting to let me know 🙂

  • Michelle May 30, 2010, 8:59 am

    It was so great to finally meet you! Your panel did a fabulous job at BBC, we were honored to have you on board. Here’s to another great year of blogging between now and the next 🙂

    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:16 pm

      Michelle: Right back at ‘cha. You all did such a great job!

  • Esme May 31, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Hello it is me again-what is the name of that book you told me about -mountain to mountains?


    • Kim May 31, 2010, 7:17 pm

      Esme: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder — fabulous book!

  • Steve Capell August 28, 2011, 5:08 pm

    I realize this post for an earlier BEA / Book Blogger convention, but I am seriously thinking about attending in 2012 for the first time. I wanted to get your impression of the 2010 convention and if you felt the time and money spent was worth the investment. I would be flying from Kansas and with the conference fees, airline, and hotel costs the amount to attend is not a small amount. If you have a minute to give me your thoughts I would appreciate hearing back from you. Thanking you in advance.


    • Kim August 28, 2011, 7:02 pm

      I’d urge you to check out my posts from the 2011 convention, which I attended more fully than in 2010. I did three pretty detailed posts about what I did on the trip, which I believe would give you a good idea of what it’s like and whether it might be worth it for you.