Katherine Paterson, one of my very favorite middle grade authors, was the guest speaker. I felt honored just to be in her presence -- she is like a rock star to me. She is just an amazing writer and an amazing woman!
link to the Publishers Weekly article.
Kathy and I did leave the breakfast a few minutes early because we were so excited to head up to the show floor. (Don't worry, we sat in the very back so it was okay!) I will never cease to be amazed by how overwhelming the BEA exhibits are -- it's just unbelievably huge with thousands of people. I swore to myself that I was going to be a "good" girl this year when it came to taking home books, but I do love books... so much! You know how it goes....
|Photo Courtesy of Kathy (Bermuda Onion)|
Later in the day, I attended the Young Adult Buzz Panel. It was so hot and so crowded that I ended up sitting down on the floor in the very back of the room. I was very interested in a couple of the books, but I am starting to wonder if the "popular" YA books really appeal to me. You can read more about the five YA titles that were presented here. I was a little disappointed that none of the books were available after the panel, but not so much that I was willing to join in the total chaos that ensued when a few attendees tore open the boxes and began grabbing books.
|Photo courtesy of Stephanie (Stephanie's Written Word)|
Kathy and I then headed back to our hotel to freshen up a bit -- goodness knows I needed it. (I can't believe how awful I look in some of the pictures floating around the blogosphere!) And then it was off to the Apple Store in Soho to see three big-time authors -- Brad Meltzer, Michael Koryta and David Baldacci. Is that an incredible lineup, or what? I had a great time hearing them speak and I became excited about all three of their new books. But what's new? Every single time I "meet" an author and hear him or her talk about a book, I want to read it!
|Photo Courtesy of Kathy (Bermudaonion)|
After our delightful dinner, it was back to our hotel. I think Kathy and I were both ready to call it a day! We were exhausted (yet hyper) and we couldn't stop talking about all the excitement from our second day of BEA!