BEA: My Best Laid Plans

by Kim on May 18, 2011 · 41 comments

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I haven’t talked about it much yet, but next week I’ll be leaving my dorky lair in Wisconsin to head to New York City for Book Expo America, a three-day trade show and convention dedicated to books!

Last year I only went to BEA for a total of about two days – I’d just started my new job and didn’t have much vacation. But this year I’m going all out: seven full days in New York to go to BEA, the Book Blogger Convention, and (hopefully) a little bit of sight-seeing around the city.

I’ve loved checking out other blogger’s plans for BEA – and found a few events I would have otherwise missed – so I’ve put together a tentative-ish list of the things I’m hoping to get to while I’m there. None of these plans are set in stone. I’m just putting up a list to see if other people want to try to meet at certain events or otherwise meet up.


Monday is my “I’m a tourist in NYC!” day for the week. I’m planning to meet Tara (BookSexy Review) and one of my roommates, Anastasia (Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog) at Javits in the morning, then spend the day gallivanting about the city. We’ve talked about visiting Strand Book Store, the New York Public Library, and Central Park.

At 3 p.m. I’m heading to the Random House Reader’s Circle Tea. That night, I’ve got plans to meet Florinda (The 3 R’s Blog) and some others for dinner, time and place TBD.


  • 10 – 11 a.m.: I’m planning to attend the panel Online Book Discovery: What Is Driving the Conversation? This seems like a must-attend event for online reviewers and writers.
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: I’m thinking about heading to Twitter Fundamentals for Book Professionals, although may skip it since I do know quite a bit about being on Twitter already.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Andrew Shaffer, author of Great Philosophers That Failed at Love, will be signing at Table 23.
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: There’s a session on Evergreen Book Marketing, which sounds intriguing.
  • 2:30 – 3 p.m.: Karl Marlantes will be signing copies of his upcoming nonfiction book, What It’s Like to Go to War, at book 4621.
  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Lev Grossman will be signing copies of The Magician King (squee!) at Table 19.
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m.: Craig Thompson will also be speaking at this time – so many good events!
  • 8 – 10 p.m.: I’ve got the Bookgageous BEA Bash at the Lolita Bar on my calendar, which sounds like so much fun. I can’t wait!


  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: An autographing session with Marisa de los Santos, author of Falling Together.
  • 10 – 11 a.m.: An autographing session with Matthew Norman, author of Domestic Violets.
  • 11:30 – 12 p.m.: An autographing session with Bill Willingham, author of Down the Mysterly River.
  • 1 p.m.: Erica (@HarperPerennial) has organized a Chipotle group lunch excursion, so meet at the Harper book if you’d like to tag along. Should be fun!
  • 2 – 3 p.m.: The lovely Nancy Pearl will be chatting, and I’d like to see her if I’m back from lunch in time.
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: There is a panel sponsored by the National Book Critics Circle called Book Reviews Online that I’d like to catch, if I’m not too exhausted from the day.
  • 6 – 8 p.m.: I’ll be at the HarperCollins Celebration of Book Bloggers, which should be a lot of fun! I am a big fan of most books published by HP, and Harper, in general is fabulous with blogger outreach.


  • 8 – 9:30 a.m.: I’m signed up for a ticketed event, a Book & Author Breakfast, featuring Jon Lehrer, Roger Ebert, Anne Enright, and Erik Larson. I am so darn excited about this one.
  • 12:45 p.m.: Amanda (The Zen Leaf) is putting together a blogger lunch excursion. I’m not sure where we’re going or more details, but give me a shout if you want to come too.
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.: This is the Book Blogger Convention reception which was a lot of fun last year. It was cool to get so many bloggers all in the same place and put faces to names I hadn’t met yet.
  • 5 – 7 p.m.: Atria Books is hosting a blogger reception at Simon and Schuster that I’m thinking about going too, however…
  • 6:30 p.m.: JKSCommunications is hosting an event at the same time. I’m still not sure which to go to (or whether to make myself crazy and try both). Busy!


This is the day for the Book Blogger Convention, so I’ll be there all day. I haven’t decided what panels I want to go to yet – all of them look so good.

Whew, that’s the end of my plans. I’m flying out pretty early on Saturday morning, so Friday night will be my last bit hurrah in the city.

In Conclusion…

If you want to plan to meet up or make plans – breakfast, lunch, dinner, meet at a session, stand in line together, sit around nursing our sore feet between sessions – feel free to e-mail me at sophisticated.dorkiness [at] Or, catch me on Twitter (@kimthedork) – I just got a smartphone (woo!), so I’ll be well-connected at BEA.

I’m also hoping to blog some updates from BEA, but we’ll see how the weeks goes. If there are no new posts after Sunday, you know why.

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