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09 June 2010

Authors, ARCs and Galleys, Oh My!

Attending My First BEA

Well, I'm finally getting around to posting about BEA '10. I know, it's already been two weeks since the event ended, but I had a lot to take in and wanted to get my words just right. So here goes...

Like most people, I went into BEA armed with a schedule. Discounting my complete inability to do anything without making a list first, there were some author signings I just did not want to miss, so I came prepared.

WEDNESDAY: The very first ARC I picked up was the highly anticipated sequel to Incarceron, Sapphique, by Catherine Fisher. I am really looking forward to reading this book. Incarceron was incredible and I was excited to be able to snag an ARC of Sapphique. Throughout the rest of the day, I was able to get copies of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's Beautiful Darkness, Lauren Oliver's Delirium, Diana Peterfreund's Ascendant, and Daniel Nayari's Another Pan, just to name a few. My final pick of the day was Kody Keplinger's The DUFF I had no prior knowledge of this book, but it was listed on the BEA website as a "buzzed book" so I figured I'd check it out. I'm so glad I did! I started reading The DUFF last night and it is great.
THURSDAY: Looking back on my schedule for Thursday, I realize now that most of the signings I had written down, I completely missed.  I kinda just went with the flow, wondered around and picked up whatever seemed interesting.  On Wednesday, I was so focused on not missing an autographing, that I didn't have a chance to really look at the booths and exhibits.  Thursday was different and because of this I found out Alyson Noel (who wasn't listed on the BEA website as an appearing author) was doing signing of Radiance, her yet-to-be released novel featuring Riley, the younger sister of Ever, the main character in her Immortals series.  I was even able to snap a picture with her despite the long line.

Later Thursday afternoon, I stopped at the autographing tables to get Beth Kephart's Dangerous Neighbors, where I chatted briefly with her about Philadelphia (we're both natives).  Then I stopped by  Jennifer Lynn Barnes' table to get a copy of Raised by Wolves.  And she was happy to sign an extra copy for me to give away on my blog!  I ended the day at Jeri Smith-Ready's booth where I got a copy of Shade signed (the last copy, actually).

All said, I had a great time at BEA '10 and am already looking forward to next year's event.


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