Wednesday, June 13, 2012

BEA Wrap-Up: Day 2 (6/6)

(All photos can be found on The Midnight Bookworm’s facebook fan page as well as within these posts)

If you missed Day 1's wrap up, you can find it here!

Day two! After yesterday, we were much more prepared for the day. My parents checked in our bags while I went to find Tegan, along with her sister Lexie, Briana and Tash, in line to get in. I had apparently missed the morning event again (the Carnival of Souls army was yesterday's). Today's was the Finale, by Becca Fitzpatrick, cover reveal... complete with gorgeous fallen angels walking around with flyers... and no shirts. (Pictured below is Tegan with said shirtless angels)

We all rushed around to the big publishers (and a few of the smaller ones) right away at 9AM, for the morning galley drops (let me tell you, these morning drops are intense… we got some awesome titles, but it is like a mad dash to the books with these people)! We missed the Becca Fitzpatrick signing for Hush, Hush, in which they were handing out t-shirts inspired by the series (upsetting that we missed it). Tegan and I went to Simon & Schuster later in the afternoon to ask if they still had any left and the woman working in the booth found 2 shirts left (we were excited). I had a ticketed author signing at 10:30 for John Green, so I went to that while Tegan grabbed a place in line for the Harlequin Teen Hour. I had to use my “avid reader pass” (a line-jumper pass) on the John Green line (which was absolutely insane) so that I could make it back to Tegan in time for the 11AM signings. I ended up within the first 10 people in line for John Green because of that pass, so it was worth buying. He even signed the book I brought from home, Let It Snow. (blurry picture, but you can still tell it’s him!)

On the way back from getting The Fault in our Stars I was able to get Lois Lowry’s signature on a Son poster she was signing (I thought she’d be signing the book, but figured a poster was better than nothing and it’s a pretty poster). Anyway, I made it back to Tegan in line for the Harlequin signings with a little time to spare (about 15-20 minutes I think), they really had fantastic authors at Harlequin teen signings on both days. (Below: Kady Cross at the Harlequin Teen Signing)

While Tegan and I ran around to all the different booths (many times over usually), I was sending my parents on missions of their own for signings or galley drops that I’d have otherwise missed because they conflicted with something else in our schedule. While we were randomly walking around (until one of our many signings), we spotted Tim Gunn from Project Runway. His line was long so we didn’t wait in it (and we really had no interest in his book), but I did get a picture of him with some random fan… mostly because I could and I thought it was neat to see a celebrity there (I hadn’t seen the others that were supposed to be around).

Later that afternoon, I was waiting in line for Maureen Johnson's signing (originally scheduled for 12:30), however the sign at the table said 12:00, so I figured "awesome it's been moved up!" and I could get back in line with Tegan (who was waiting in line for the HarperCollins teen hour at the time). (Below: HarperCollins Teen signings)

Apparently though, BEA had decided to change the time (or mistype it on the sign, I'm still not sure) and no one told Maureen, or her publicist... (so thoughtful BEA!). So they started lining us up at the table at around 11:50 so we'd be out of the way (at least a little), but then 12:00, and 12:05 came and still Maureen had not shown up. A couple people in line started tweeting her asking where she was (myself included because I know she lives on Twitter), and figured out she had no clue she was supposed to be there. The BEA people finally found her at 12:20 and got the signing started (I still think they're idiots for changing things the night before the signing and not telling the author that's supposed to be there). Maureen is a great person though, and despite being a little frazzled at the change of plans started signing books pretty quick. She even brought YA Saves t-shirts (YAY!) AND signed Let It Snow, completing the process of getting all three authors to sign it!

We also met Sarah Beth Durst (Author of Drink, Slay, Love) and Jennifer L Armentrout (author of Cursed, The Lux series, and the Covenant series)

Tegan and I had a very special mission today because we had gotten the Survivors t-shirts yesterday, we had to go to the signing of book 2 in the series at around 2PM. I don’t know who was more excited, us for getting to meet the author and find a new series to start, or the author of The Survivors when she saw us in the shirts promoting her book. (Below: Amanda Harvard, author of The Survivors series… I caught her mid-laugh… oops!)

When I got home, before I had unpacked the suitcases of books, I told my parents about the Son poster Lois Lowry had signed and how I’d have loved to get a copy of the book (but I thought it was only given out at the children’s author breakfast that morning). My dad told me he thought he got a copy of it, but wasn’t positive if he’d actually taken it or just looked at it. Naturally, I kinda ripped apart the suitcase to see if he had snagged a copy (which he did because he’s awesome). I’m going to have to read The Giver #2 & 3 soon now so that I can get to Son. I then spent the next half hour positioning the books (& swag & tote bags) in our living room to take pictures of everything (which I’d gotten only a little better at since yesterday).

YA (& MG) Titles Collected Today:
  • The Girl in the Clockwork Collar – Kady Cross*
  • The Fault In Our Stars – John Green*
  • Drink, Slay, Love – Sarah Beth Durst*
  • The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson*
  • Destined – Aprilynne Pike*
  • Insurgent – Veronica Roth*
  • Masque of the Red Death – Bethany Griffin*
  • Unraveling – Elizabeth Norris*
  • Spellcaster – Cara Lynn Shultz*
  • Skinny – Donna Cooner
  • Flock – Wendy Delsol
  • Allegiance – Cayla Kluver*
  • Undead – Kirsty McKay
  • False Memory – Dan Krokos*
  • Chosen Ones – Tiffany Truitt*
  • Son – Lois Lowry
  • Iron Witch – Karen Mahoney
  • Pushing the Limits – Katie McGarry*
  • Queen of Swords – Katee Robert
  • Busted in Bollywood – Nicola Marsh
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor
  • Days of Blood and Starlight Teaser Chapters – Laini Taylor
  • Entice – Jessica Shirvington
  • Fathomless – Jackson Pearce
  • The Innocents – Lili Peloquin
  • Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • The Iron King – Julie Kagawa*
  • Time Between Us – Tamara Ireland Stone
  • What’s Left of Us – Kat Zhang
  • Ashen Winter – Mike Mullin
  • Confessions of a Murder Suspect – James Patterson
  • Cursed – Jennifer L. Armentrout*
  • The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Farm – Emily McKay
  • In Her Sights – Robin Peror
  • Altered – Jennifer Rush
  • Prodigy – Marie Lu*
  • The Survivors: Point of Origin – Amanda Harvard*
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell – Chris Colfer
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities – Shannon Messenger
* indicates a signed title

Only one more day left to wrap up! Check back tomorrow for Day 3 coverage!

1 comment:

  1. WOW, thanks for covering it in so much detail! I would love to go to BEA one day :). I can't say I'm not jealous, but it looks like you had a great time! That's a lot of books!


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