This is what my bag looked like at the end of Day 2. Now I know why some BEA attendees showed
This BEA pass was not only my admission ticket and name tag, but also a barcode that publishing reps could scan to get my mailing address for forthcoming books. I'll be anxiously checking my mailbox for weeks to come.
If you fell in love with Maria Semple after Where'd You Go, Bernadette?, you'll be delighted to know she's bringing book clubs a new read soon: Today Will Be Different
There's a lot of talent gathered on this stage, and I can't wait to read every book by these BEA Adult Buzz Authors: Emma Flint, Nathan Hill, Gary Younge, Brit Bennett, Emily Fridlund, Thomas Mullen.
Imagine my good fortune when Nathan Hill happened to be signing The Nix right after his BEA Buzz panel..
This was my favorite find from the whole show. I'm a sucker for the classics, so this was my favorite find of the week: the Word Cloud Classics series (Canterbury/Thunder Bay Press). Each one is more beautiful than the next.
You know Jennifer Weiner from All Fall Down and a slew of other adult books, but now she's written one for the younger set.
Every time you turn around, you find a display of fantastic new titles to hit bookstores this year. The book world is alive and well.
I spent an hour in the Chronicle Books booth looking through the board books called Cozy Classics. Huck Finn has never been so accessible or looked so adorable.
I scored the last ticket to Penguin's George Saunders signing, after a kind stranger gave me the ticket he couldn't stay to use.
He's one of the brightest lights in contemporary fiction today, but he didn't mind having a photo snapped. Word on the street is that Lincoln in the Bardo is perfectly brilliant.
I came home with some new blogger friendships and a slew of business cards to help us stay connected.