BEA Recap

June 15, 2012 BEA 14

I had so much fun at BEA you guys!  It was a crazy, fun time.  I’ll do another post highlighting the books I got, but here is the lowdown of what happened.

Throughout the week I met a ton of other bloggers and it was so awesome!  I haven’t gone through my business cards yet because I have been crazy busy, but it was great to meet each and every blogger. 

At the hotel, the day we left…
I promised you all a fabulous NYC story and here it is.

So Kate and I were just chillin in the hotel lobby before we went to the bus station to head home when this woman came running in yelling “Help me!” and “Someone call the police”.  The bellman goes outside to check it out and she comes back in yelling “He’s stealing my suitcases!”  and “$12 not $17!”  Of course I’m curious and I head to the window to check it out. 

The woman is taking pictures of the license plate and cab and the cabbie is trying to hand her a sheet of information.  Basically, she was told by someone that the cab would cost $12, only the cab ended up costing $17, so she only gave the cabbie $12.  The cabbie wanted the rest of his money so he wouldn’t open the trunk to get out her suitcases.

I couldn’t see if the cabbie got his money or not, but a few minutes later the bellman hauled in all FIVE of her suitcases.  She continued to be very upset and got a little pissy with the front desk clerk too.

Jenny LawsonMonday – The Bloggers Conference
At the end of the day I had a great time.  It was a lot of fun to hang out with other people that love books as much as I do.  I was a little disappointed that I didn’t really learn anything that could make my reviews or blog better but since I enjoyed the interaction I’m not that worried about it.  My biggest complaint was with the author breakfast.  We only had two authors assigned to our table and one didn’t show up so that pretty much sucked.  I really enjoyed listening to both Jennifer Weiner and Jenny Lawson (pictured).

Myra McEntireTuesday – BEA
Walking into BEA for the first was complete sensory overload.  So many books!  So many people!  Where do I go first?  The one thing that I really wanted on Tuesday was Ten by Gretchen McNeil (super nice) and I‘m pleased to say that it was a success!  I also got in line for Myra McEntire (also super nice) (pictured).  It was really nice to chat with her for a minute about her books. 

John GreenWednesday – BEA
Kate, Kellie, Cindy and I went to the children’s author breakfast.  Chris Colfer was hilarious as was John Green and Lois Lowery made me cry.  After the breakfast we headed upstairs to join the madness.  Kate and I were both pretty tired and achy so we decided to take it easy and we got in line for the Dark Days signing super early.  We were so early, that I was number 4!  I will admit that I probably scared Veronica Roth a bit with my gushing. 

After BEA Kate and I headed to the Penguin Bird Bash.  We were supposed to attend a cocktail party for author Laura Moriarty as well but we had a bit of a cab situation and then we got to the restaurant only to find out it was seized by the landlord so we ended up chillin a bit before heading to the Penguin Bird Bash.  The party was a lot of fun.  I didn’t approach any authors but we hung out with some other bloggers and spent some time chatting with Tara from Penguin books.  In case you’re wondering Tara says that Venom by Fiona Paul is THE fall release that everyone should read. 

Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins ClarkThursday – BEA
Got up early to head to the Javits to get tickets for the Mary Higgins Clark signing (pictured with her daughter Carol).  Even though I do enjoy her books I wanted them signed for my mom.  Kate ended up giving her ticket to the wonderful woman who gave her Odd Apocalypse so I went by myself and I think Kate picked up like 20 books in my absence!  After the MHC signing I went to the Penguin booth to wait for them to drop Venom.  Then Kate and I punked out and went back to the hotel and we spent the night with our fabulous Canadian roommates.   

Honestly there is so much more I could share with you but this post is already long enough.  I’ll have my complete list of BEA books up on Saturday!


14 Responses to “BEA Recap”

  1. Cindy Smith

    OMG that happened the day you left? Wow I once again missed all the drama LOL

    Can’t wait to see your book haul

  2. Alexia561

    Sounds like you had a great time! And that poor cabbie! Not his fault that someone told the woman the wrong price. Bet she didn’t give him a tip either! :o

    Wasn’t BEA wild? So huge and overwhelming, but fun! Loved standing in line and gushing about books with other booklovers!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      Honestly, I don’t think she even paid the full price. I think the bellman gave the cabbie the money just to take care of the situation.

      BEA was so def overwhelming but being around all those books and other book lovers was soooo much fun!

  3. Bittner

    That trip sounds amazing! I am so glad that you guys had such a great time and got so much accomplished! If I ever went to something like that I would have to go with friends because the sensory overload would probably have me curled into the fetal position underneath one of the tables!

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I felt like that at first, but then you get into a rhythm so it’s all good! And I don’t think I would have had as good of a time if I was by myself cause I’m kind of shy so I probably wouldn’t have talked to anyone!

  4. Jenny

    Sounds fun and exhausting. I don’t know if I’ll ever bother going. All the books would be fun but the exhaustion and craziness worries me.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I took it pretty easy so I wasn’t too tired, but it’s a lot of walking and standing and that’s the hardest part. We had more crazy outside BEA than in so it wasn’t so bad, but it is a ton of people.

  5. fakesteph

    Duuuude! It was soooo awesome! I’m so glad you and Kate strong armed me into going… HAHAHAHA :)