Book Expo America

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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).

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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.)

I’m the kind of person that writes everything down. I have a ratty little notebook and a pen that comes with me everywhere. I carried it around BEA, and took a bunch of notes about things I just didn’t know before I got there. These notes helped me form some ideas about what I might do next year to make BEA even more fun for me.

I also finally managed to get the few photos I took online, so I want to share some of those with you since pictures — especially of something as huge as BEA — are worth just as much as any words I can come up with.

BEA: And Then There Were Books

by Kim on May 26, 2011 · 27 comments

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BEA is about a lot of things, but one of the nerdiest and most exciting parts is all of the books. I mean, it’s ridiculous to see how many books are out there and how many fun ones there are to read. Before coming to BEA, I didn’t really understand how getting and finding books at BEA worked, so I didn’t think I’d come home with many.

I was totally wrong! I got a lot of great books in a number of ways, so I decided to list them based on how they were acquired to give you a sense of how BEA works. I’m sorry there are no pictures — I packed up all the books and mailed them without actually photographing anything!

BEA: Update the First

by Kim on May 25, 2011 · 28 comments

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Hello to everyone from BEA! It’s about 8:00 on Wednesday morning and I’m sitting on the small terrace (well, smoking area) at our hostel before I heat over to Javits for the second full day of BEA. I’m blogging on a borrowed netbook and the Internet connection is slow, so apologies for any lack of pictures or links — you can view all the photos I’ve taken (not many) by heading over to my Flickr album for BEA.

Enough excuses, on to the recap!

And Now I’m BEA Bound!

by Kim on May 22, 2011 · 9 comments

Hello to everyone stopping by from BEA and the Book Blogger Convention! If all is going well, when this post goes up I’ll be on my way to the airport. I’m putting this up as a quick introduction of myself if we didn’t get to chat long when we met, and because I forgot to include a photo of me in my last BEA-related missive.

This is also a sticky post — for new content (hopefully from BEA) just scroll down to the next post. If you’re curious about my plans for BEA, check out this post or just send me a message on Twitter — @kimthedork.

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.

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.