BEA 2011 Day 2: Book Mania and Some Great Autographs
Today was Day 2 of my adventures at Book Expo America (BEA), although technically it was the official first day of BEA. And if I thought I had gotten a lot of books yesterday, it was nothing compared to today (as you can probably tell by the photo above). I mean WOW there are a lot of interesting books out there. But before I talk more about the books, let me first start by telling you about my first day at BEA.
When I got to BEA, right before the exhibition floor opened at 10am, it was quite a different picture from yesterday’s empty Jarvis Center. Lines were forming all over in anticipation of everything that was within the exhibition floor.
Because this is my first BEA, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. I started with stopping at a few Comic Books Booth (you know I had to, although it’s definitely no Comic Con, so my Comic Book geeky needs will have to wait until then) and then made a quick stop at a few Booth that I had put at the top of my list.
Amongst them I stopped at the Shadow Mountain booth, which had a few title that I was really interested in. Amongst them were Janitors by Tyler Whitesides, which I am currently reading, so far enjoying it; Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett, which I got autographed; The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum; and Beyond Foo by Obert Skye, which I will try to get later this week.
Side note: Advertising totally works because the only reason I went to the booth is because I saw the book covers all over BEA and wanted to get copies. So glad I did.
After the first few stops, I decided to just move through the whole exhibit floor and see all the booth that were there, and I’m glad I did because there were some hidden jewels.
Got a few more books here and there, , then it was time for a new panel (by this point I’m exhausted already and it’s not even 1pm):
BEA (Young Adult) Editors Buzz
Similar to the panel I attended yesterday, this featured Editors pitching their upcoming YA books. I hadn’t really heard about the books except for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, but after the panel it was more of a “which book am I going to read first” question.
The books presented were:
THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin – September 27th 2011
Synopsis: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
AU REVOIR CRAZY EUROPEAN CHICK by Joe Schreiber – October 24, 2011
Synopsis: Perry Stormaire is a normal high school senior– he is busy applying to college and rehearsing with his band –until he agrees to go to the prom with the Lithuanian exchange student who is staying with his family. It turns out that Gobi Zaksauskas is not the mousy teenager that she seems but rather an attractive, confident trained assassin. Instead of going to the prom, Perry finds himself on a wild ride through the streets of New York City as Gobi commandeers the Jaguar his father lent him for the prom in order to take out her targets. Perry learns a lot about himself – and ends up with some amazing material for his college application essays.
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor – September 27th 2011
Synopsis: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
DOWN THE MYSTERLY RIVER by Bill Willingham (also known for his AWESOME comic Fables) – September 2011
Synopsis: They were four unlikely friends, united by a common enemy. As odd a collection of fugitives as there ever was: A wolf who is not a wolf; a badger who is also an ex-army veteran; the brave sheriff of a lost forest realm; and a big, ugly, stinky, yellow monster. Together they’re on the run from the dreaded Blue Cutters, who seem bent on their destruction. To escape the Cutters, the four friends will have to flee out of the hills and down the Mysterly River, to reach the one far away place of safety the Cutters aren’t allowed to go: the castle of the Wizard Edgar.
THE CARRIER OF THE MARK by Leigh Fallon – October 4th 2011
Synopsis: A move to Ireland is about to introduce Megan to her destiny, her real destiny, can she embrace it and will she survive it?
A tragedy in Megan’s past set her on a predetermined course. A chain of events has been set in motion that brings Megan to Kinsale, a small town in the south of Ireland where her destiny awaits her. Her life starts to fall into place as she makes new friends and settles into her new school. However, the reclusive and distant Adam DeRís calls to her body and soul.
She finds herself increasingly drawn to Adam and his strange family. Adam knows a secret from her past and he and his family hold the key to her future. A future that binds her to Adam and his world, a world of power, mystery and ancient orders. A world that unbeknownst to her, she very much belongs in.
I was able to get a copy of each book except of course the one that I originally went to the panel for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, which was disappointing, but oh well, I’ll eventually get my hands on it when it gets released.
But never mind that, it’s not really the big story here. Oh no, the story is that it seemed like the distribution of books after the panel was not really prepared correctly, so at the end of it, everyone was sort of standing around trying to figure out where to get the books. Long story short, people noticed that there were some boxes on the side, which looked like the boxes that contained books, and since nobody from BEA was around to help out, people just started opening the boxes and handing out the books out.
It was insane, but so cool at the same time. Book lovers opening boxes full of the books we had just been hyped about and giving them out to everyone that wanted one. So yeah, that was my crazy story for the day and how I ended up getting these four other books, which all look freaking amazing.
To end the day, I ended up going to the autograph area and got a few books signed. And the most exciting thing that happened there is that I got a copy of Aliens on Vacation (which I reviewed here) signed by Clete Barrett Smith, who was actually aware of Daemon’s Books and my review. Definitely biggest highlight of the day!
Bonus: I also got a copy of Breaking Down (review here) signed by illustrator Rick Parker, which was super exciting, especially since I haven’t read the book yet but had wanted to ever since reading Kelly’s review.
That’s about it for the day. Phew! I will be back with some more updates tomorrow, but I want to leave you with a few photos that I took around the exhibition floor. So enjoy and thanks for reading.