Dispatches from Book Expo America (Part II)

by Kim on June 9, 2014 · 16 comments

Five days at a book conference in New York City is a lot to recap in a single post. Hence, part two of my adventures at Book Expo America. This post includes evening activities on Thursday and Friday as well as my adventures in bookstore shopping (I know!) on Saturday before catching a plane home. You can read the first part of my adventures here. Be sure to stop back tomorrow when I share the books I brought home!

Thursday Night: Bloggers Recommend and Book Riot

Thursday night I had two engagements: a happy hour hosted by ladies behind Bloggers Recommend and a “family dinner” for Book Riot contributors who were in New York.

The Bloggers Recommend happy hour was a low-key event — just bloggers and a few publicist friends — at the Galway Hooker in the Village. I saw several great people there including Kerry, Nicole and my roommate Florinda and Lydia and Swapna. A personal highlight was meeting Farin (formerly of Gotham Books, now with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) in person for the first time (top left). Thanks to Swapna for the great photos!

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Swapna and I snuck out of the happy hour a little early to head over to The Half King for dinner with the Book Riot family. I’ve been writing for the website since it launched in October 2011 — it’s so fun to see how the site has grown and to be part of a site that has such a strong editorial voice. I’m glad they keep me around, even if I’ve been a little lax on posts lately. The group at BEA is in the big picture above. And top right is me and Brenna (@mittenstrings) in our party cardigans.

Friday and Saturday and Going Home

Friday night Florinda and I went to see a play with Cassandra (@CassandraNeace), another Book Riot contributor. Before the play we had dinner and $6 martini’s with Leslie (Regular Rumination), one of my very favorite book bloggers in the world. The play, The Realistic Joneses, was a little strange, but it was a fun experience. We got out late that night and were assaulted by neon lights in Times Square where I, obviously, had to take a selfie.

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wpid-582014195957.jpgOn Saturday morning, Florinda and I met up with Leslie again for brunch down in the Village. Afterwards, we made stops at two bookstores I hadn’t visited before: Housing Works Bookstore and McNally Jackson. I generally restrained myself, getting just four books total: Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, Future Perfect by Steven Johnson, an ARC of Jackaby by William Ritter (Housing Works sells ARCs for $5 each), and Black Swan Green by David Mitchell. I’d say that’s pretty restrained, right?

The bottom left photo is from my train ride back to the airport with Florinda. We were really successful navigating the subway during the trip, which I was excited about. I got to the airport with plenty of time to spare and with many great books to choose from. My flight arrived safely, I spent the night at my parents’ house, then trekked home on Sunday. </BEA14>

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bermudaonion (Kathy) June 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

BEA is so much fun but exhausting! Julie and I saw Kinky Boots Friday night and I loved it. Have you used HopStop? It makes the subway system easy.

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Kim June 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

I haven’t used that app. We just relied on Google Maps to get us going in the right direction.

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Jennine G. June 9, 2014 at 10:18 am

Wow that all looked like such a great time! This event is now on my bookish bucket list – attend BEA!

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Florinda June 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

I know I was there for just about all of this, but it was fun reliving it here with you. And here’s to mastering the subway!

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Vasilly June 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

I’m always love hearing about all the fun you guys have in NYC. It’s always good to see blogging friends in real life.

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Kim June 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

That’s really my favorite part of the trip — getting to see online friends in real life is amazing.

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Andi @ Estella's Revenge June 9, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Yay! Such a great recap, and you’re so luck to get to hang with so many great bloggers. I also might’ve done a little chair dance when you mentioned Mudbound. I have such a huge crush on that book.

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Kim June 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I found Mudbound Used at Housing Works and grabbed it because I love Hillary Jordan. I’m glad that it is also amazing :)

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Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf June 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm

I love reading your recaps!! And mmmmmm martinis… :P

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Words for Worms June 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm

You met Farin? Well, that just puts the cherry on top of the trip, now doesn’t it? Sounds like so much fun, but I’m glad you made it back in one piece… And hopefully you slept for 4 days straight.

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Kim June 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

I know! She was lovely. I slept a lot last week, but the late nights and early mornings were totally worth it.

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Jenny @ Reading the End June 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Sounds like a good time was had by all! And aww, McNally Jackson! I love them. They have such a nice selection, and it always feels curated, and as well, they have really good author events.

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Kim June 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Yes, curated as a great word. I loved the way they had their fiction organized by region/country.

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Laurie C June 11, 2014 at 5:55 am

I’m just catching up on your BEA recap posts! Thank you for sharing your fun times!

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susan June 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Great post and recap at the BEA! Looks fun

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