BEA 2012, Bethany Griffin, Book Expo, Book Expo America, Brad Meltzer, Edward Nawotka, John Edward, Joy Preble, Michael Connelly, Michael Ennis, Michael Koryta, Neil Young, Nelson de Mille, Patti Smith, Publishing Perspectives, Veronica Roth
Day 2 at Book Expo is always where something clicks and changes for me. Maybe it’s because I actually brought food with me (as opposed to Day 1, when I didn’t and spent the latter half of the afternoon starving!). The thing about BEA is that you have to be ready to change gears on the fly. For instance, I had big ideas about the Tim Gunn signing (fugeddaboudit — I didn’t even lay eyes on the dapper fellow) and then tried the Harlequin mass YA author signing only to be deterred by another crazy-long mobbish line)
Those misses freed me up to hit another one I really, really wanted: Michael Ennis‘s signing for The Malice of Fortune at Random House. I worked with Michael at Texas Monthly back in the day (we won’t go into the actual number years of that day), and I’m always scouting for authors with Texas connections so I can write about them in future blog posts. Plus the idea of a literary thriller with the dynamic duo of Leonardo da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli is just plain intriguing! So that was a big score, and it was fun to see Michael.
As I was standing in line, I noticed an author signing ARCs of The Sweet Dead Life at the SohoPress booth for its new Soho Teen imprint; her book had a blurb comparing her with Cynthia Leitich Smith, so that caught my eye. After getting Michael’s book, I stopped there and we chatted. Turns out the author was Joy Preble, who lives in Houston and is one of Cynthia’s mentees — the kicker being that Cynthia had told me about Joy a couple of weeks ago! So that was a lovely serendipitous BEA moment!
I roamed a bit more and then dumped my books in my box in the shipping room. Looking for a place to sit and indulge in my lunch (from Whole Foods Market, of course!), I decided to check out the Neil Young line, convinced that the closest I’d get would be taking a picture of the line. Lo and behold, there was noline and plenty of open seats. So I supposed you could say I had lunch with Neil Young and Patti Smith! (Look for a session recap soon.). Total Continue reading