The fun began Monday morning with the Independent Book Bloggers Awards ceremony, held as part of the BEA Bloggers Conference. It was great meeting the other winners, as well as representatives of the Awards sponsors, Tina Jordan of the AAP and Kyusik Chung of Goodreads. I stupidly forgot my camera, so I wasn't able to take pictures, but others were more prepared, including Susan Rodarme of Insatiable Booksluts--here's her photo of the gorgeous (and EXTREMELY heavy) award we all received.
Tina took us to lunch at the Spice Market, a cool restaurant in the Meatpacking District. Taking advantage of a brief respite from the rain, I separated from the group and walked back to the Javits Center on the High Line, an old rail line that has been turned into an astonishing aerial park with simply amazing plantings. Total gardening geek that I am, it was bliss.
|A BEA attendee that didn't need a badge|
Later, we ascended to the Press Lounge to attend the Amazon cocktail party, a packed and lively event where I had the pleasure of meeting Marshall Cavendish and Amazon Children's Publishing staff, including Marshall Cavendish publisher Margery Cuyler and Amazon Children's Publishing associate publisher Tim Ditlow.
|Me (on left) and Melanie Kroupa|
|Isn't she striking? I adore the cover.|
|PublishAmerica challenges Amazon|
I also enjoy the oddities, of which there are a fair number, mostly at the fringes of the show. Before I left for BEA, my husband or my mother (can't remember which) asked me if this was the kind of conference where people dressed up in costume. "Oh no," I replied. "This is a strictly professional event for the publishing community. No costumes at BEA." But I had to eat my words, because not only was SFWA set up next to a booth with a dancing Hubble telescope (it had big white gloves, just like the Hamburger Helper Helping Hand), I also saw, in quick succession, a pair of angels and a blue-haired alien who looked like an extra from Barbarella. (The alien stopped to say hi to the Hubble, which seemed disconcerted; I tried, but couldn't get my camera out in time.)
|Me at the JVNLA party|
Wednesday morning I spent in the SFWA booth again, then left for a lunch date, then returned for more floor-walking. Whew! All in all, a very successful show, both for me personally and professionally, and for SFWA.
|TWA's Ray Bradbury Commemorative Book Burning|
They did find a unique way of commemorating the death of Ray Bradbury, though.
|Is this what editors do when they get laid off? (Seen on East 50th St.)|