Last week BookPage made a whirlwind trip to BEA. It was especially brief for me, since my Tuesday morning flight was cancelled and I ended up getting into NYC oh, about 8 hours later than scheduled. Just in time for happy hour!
Another disappointment: Robert K. Massie was not there signing galleys of Catherine the Great (Library Journal, you are a tease).
A meeting with Mindy Kaling in the Random House booth made me feel a little better though. She was only signing blads, but the small sample had me dying to read the full book. I haven’t laughed so much while reading since Tina Fey’s Bossypants.
The Google party on Wednesday night, held at their Chelsea offices, was pretty spectacular — check out the view from their rooftop deck. Guests ate delicious hors d’oeuvres and browsed Google’s ebookstore on a selection of electronic readers while a musician strummed Radiohead and Nirvana tunes on an acoustic guitar.
And the PGW party was, as always, a good time. This year’s bash was at the Maritime hotel and featured Lester Lee Fields.
We also found the time to shoot some author interviews with Alice Ozma, Peter Sís and Vanessa Diffenbaugh! Check ‘em out on the playlist below.
And of course, there were books. While there didn’t seem to be one big book of the show, people were talking about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Random House) and The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta (St. Martin’s). I was happy to pick up an early galley of the upcoming Tom Rob Smith (Grand Central, January).
My final event at the show was a quick stop in at the Book Blogger Convention reception, where I exchanged hellos with The Book Lady before running for the airport.
Who else went to BEA? Any takeaways?