Finally, a recap of Book Expo America! Although BEA is about a lot more than free books (believe me, it really is), as I thought about putting together this post I decided it would be fun to recap the week by talking about the books I grabbed and how the tied to some of my favorite moments of the conference.
First, here are the books that made it all the way from New York to rural Minnesota, arranged roughly by publication date (except Fooling Houdini, which I already had at home but met the author at BEA and wanted to include).
If it wasn’t already clear, I’ll be blunt — I was disappointed and frustrated by my day spent at BEA Bloggers. It felt like a conference featuring what the publishing industry wants bloggers to be interested in (Authors! Swag! Famous people!), rather than what I think bloggers are actually interested in (connecting with each other in the real world).
This isn’t going to be a post that summarizes the day; I’ll link to a few of those recaps at the end. Instead, I’m going to try to outline my broad concerns with the conference organization and try to offer some suggestions for what I would like to see done differently next year.
Hello to everyone stopping by from Book Expo America or Armchair BEA. If all is going well, when this post goes up I’ll be on my way to the airport for a week hanging out with fellow readers in New York City. I’m so excited!
(And, because what we really all care about is books, I want to tell you that I have two packed for my travels: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and And the Heart Says Whatever by Emily Gould.)
Even though I always love being a book blogger, I feel like there are some especially exciting events and projects going on right now in this corner of the blogosphere, and I wanted to take just a minute to share three of them with you: the Indie Lit Awards, Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, BEA and BCC.