June 3rd, 2005

Off to BEA

I'll be leaving in a few minutes to go into NYC to Book Expo America. I'm going in early, so I can be there when the exhibition hall opens -- it will only get MORE crowded as the day wears on.

While I have to concentrate on YA material -- the library is paying my way, after all -- I will also look for the stuff I am personally interested, and collect oodles of freebies. Canvas tote bags, ho!

The agony of de feet

Is not as bad as it could have been, thanks to the booth that offered massages. A fifteen minute foot massage helped, but I am going to go take a long bath as soon as I finish my drink.

I was very selective in what I picked up. 17 totebags -- there were three that I saw other people with that I didn't see when I was prowling the joint, that I would have liked. 10 books -- ARC's, and graphic novels, 1 audiobook [Around the World in 80 Days, read by Jim Dale], and an assortment of little things -- pens, pencils, sticky notes, little toys. Plus some catalogs -- mostly from the graphic novel booths.

I said hello to Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, and got a Korval tree and dragon pin, and went to Laura Ann Gilman's signing and got an autographed ARC of her new book. [I plan to read it in the tub.] I chatted with Esther Friesner and Keith DeCandido there. I only saw two of the people from my library there, but that's not surprising.