I'm here! I'm alive! I got lost on the subway this morning! But hey, guys, IT'S NEW YORK CITY! Better yet, it's New York City during Book Expo America, which means extra bookworm bonus points! Today I bought my first MetroCard:
Watched the subway come into the station:
Sat with the illustrator of Go the F*ck to Sleep at the BEA Bloggers breakfast, as well as the author of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (which you may know better as the Oscar-winning short film):
Got to meet Charlotte of Charlotte's Library:
And Sarah/Posh of Forever Young Adult:
Lesson of the day: no one, and I repeat, no one looks good under convention center lighting. Especially camera-shy dorks like myself. Never let it be said that this blog is not educational.
I also Ana and Thea of The Book Smugglers, with whom unfortunately I did not get a picture, because it was 4:00 p.m. and my brain was dead.
As for the conference itself, there was a whole lot of bluster from publishers and self-promo obsessed authors, but I had a great time hanging out with other bloggers (and also some lovely librarians) and can't wait to start putting the tips I picked up into practice. I'll go over all the panels I attended in greater detail in my wrap-up post, but I took some great notes and I can't wait to share my insights.
As for the keynote by Jennifer Weiner and the closing remarks by The Bloggess, suffice to say that these ladies are kickass. Both of them inspired me not just to be a better blogger, but to be a better person--no lie. Both Jennifer Weiner's speech and the Q&A session (in which I ask a YA question!) are online, and I'm still waiting to see what they do with Jenny's.
Completely un-book-related, my mother and I finished off the day with dinner at Bombay Talkie,which is on 9th Ave. and is semi-cheap for fancy food and also happens to be ridiculously delicious. So if you are ever in NYC and dig Indian street food, that's the restaurant for you.
All in all, it was an incredible day, and it's looking like another incredible one tomorrow. And now, holy bedtime, Batman!