Book Expo America, 2010!

Book Expo is over and like most attendees, I'm exhausted. After the children's book author breakfast, Valerie (valeriekwrites) and I met up with Jess from and together we toured the Javits center.

Last year the children's and YA books were all on the lower level and the adult books were up above. This year, the whole darn thing was crammed onto one floor. It was crowded and the booths we were most interested in were spaced pretty far apart, but all in all I think I liked it this way. Had they been on two separate floors we would have missed RICK SPRINGFIELD!

*cue song: Jessie's Girl*

Rick has a memoir coming out titled LATE, LATE AT NIGHT.

The breakfast, a plain bagel and a cup of coffee, was great! Not only was there a stack of hardcover books on our chairs, but the musical group 4 Troops performed on stage!

Cory Doctorow, Mitali Perkins and Richard Peck were all there to speak about their lives, their writing and what inspired them to write the books they've written. Cory teared up a few times talking about how his book, LITTLE BROTHER, has inspired a whole underground movement with kids in Burma! The whole thing was very inspiring. Makes me want to reexamine my life and write something to save the world! All three of them were simply amazing. And Sarah Ferguson--Duchess of York-- (yes, that one) was a great host.

We met some of our favorite book bloggers! Like Kristi from, Sherry from and Mary Bradley from, who happens to live just a few miles from me!

We had the pleasure of meeting some of our favorite authors and fellow writers as well. And we snagged some highly anticipated new releases and ARC's of some of the hottest books yet to come!

On to the pictures!

The breakfast room

Left to right: Cory Doctorow, Mitali Perkins, Richard Peck

4 Troops!

Sarah Ferguson

Valerie about to enjoy a bagel and a cup of coffee

Valerie and Jess

Vordak and Valerie (I have one of me with him also, but I don't care for it much.)

The Harlequin booth

Gena Showalter signing INTERTWINED.

Earl Sewell signing DECISION TIME.

Valerie on the 4th floor.

Me, 4th floor


Elizabeth Scott--THE UNWRITTEN RULE-- and I

The Story Siren

Heidi Kling--SEA-- and I

Heidi's awesome autographed shoes!

Valerie fangirling over Lauren Oliver--BEFORE I FALL and DELIRIUM

john Cusick, not to be confused with Cusack, signing GIRL PARTS

Richelle Mead (I'm fangirling off camera) signing SPIRIT BOUND


Lauren Kate signing TORMENT

Valerie and Inara Scott signing THE CANDIDATES

Johnathan Maberry signing ROT AND RUN

Anna Godbersen, who has the same publicist as Lauren oliver (she's there on the right) signing SPLENDOR and samples of her new book, BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS

Kody Keplinger signing THE DUFF

Bree Despain signing THE DARK DIVINE

Melissa Marr signing RADIANT SHADOWS

At the end of the day, I came home with about 50 books/ARCS, many of them signed! Well worth the entry fee. If you ever get the chance to go, you should!

The books! Plus swag and publisher catalogs!


A. J. Spindle said...

Sounds like awesome fun!! :)

Valerie said...

how is it possible for me to look like a dork in SO MANY pictures?!? Great post! It was so fun hanging out with you and tiny human. Thanks so much!

Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

Awesome pictures! :)

Thanks to you and Valerie! It was an awesome time.

Lydia Kang said...

Thank you so much for posting picts! I have never been to one of these things and it's an amazing thing to see! Wow! You met so many fabulous people!

Travis said...

I'm glad you had such an awesome time! =D

L.J. Boldyrev said...

I look like a total dweeb in most of mine too, lol! I had a blast. Thanks so much for coming, Valerie!
Jess I'm glad we got to hang out again!

Mundie Moms said...

How awesome!! I love seeing all these pictures.

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

Aww thanks for including me as one of your favorite book bloggers!! :) I didn't go to the fourth floor so those pictures are awesome. It was hard to explain how big it was to everyone, now I can just show them those and say see I told you it was huge! :) Glad you had a great time too!

L.J. Boldyrev said...

Sherry, I still think it's funny we were right next to you in line and I didn't know who you were!
There wasn't anything on the 4th floor. There were some agencies we wanted to check out that were up there but you had to have clearance to get in. Which, we didn't. It was all business type stuff.

Inara said...

Hey, great pictures! And ppbbbt on the "total dweeb" thing -- you look adorable! :-)

Great to meet you and Valerie. I just wish I hadn't had to bug out of the KidLit drinks so early. Hope you guys had a fabulous time.

Speaking of dweeb -- I didn't even remember to bring a camera to BEA. Would you mind if I lifted the picture of me signing and used it on my website?


L.J. Boldyrev said...

Inara, (love your name) it was great to meet you too! Kid Lit Drinks was fun, but we didn't mingle very much. Stayed in the back for most of it.

I have another picture of you, if you'd like I can email you the bigger files.

Tahereh said...

um, i positively SALIVATING all over this post.

I WANT TO GO TO BEA!! *cries*

so happy you had such an awesome time, though! thanks for taking the time to share the details with us!!

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