I got to New York May 24 and I went to the Teen Author Carnival thing on the Jefferson Library. Sad to say that my airplane was delayed and I got to New York an hour later than I was suppose to, so when I got to the TAC they were kicking people off. I stayed there for about half hour. I met Michelle Zink in person! Along with other authors. I hear Sandy The Penguin was there, but I didn't really talked to anybody there so I didn't see her... yet.
That same day around eleven I started receiving txt messages from Lexie from Poisoned Rationality about meeting up at BEA. You have no idea how happy I was I wasn't going to spend my BEA days alone! But then I had the idea to txt Sandy The Pirate Penguin, and Eleni from La Femme Readers. We talked and we decided to all meet up on Wednesday. But I met Eleni on Tuesday because we both went to BEA that day.
This are the stairs at the Javits Center. Nice uh?
BEA that day was all about preparation, booths were being put on place, everyone was running about doing their job, pretty uneventful. The good thing is that I got to meet Eleni...
(Eleni on Left, me on Right)
Jennifer from Reading With Tequila...
...and Emily from Red House Books.
(Eleni on Left, Emily on Right)
Also we got to make routes and get to know the area (oh, and we learned the routes to the closest bathrooms! Lifesaver really)
Anyways, we stayed there for a lil while just talking and hanging out, but at like 12 we were bored and decided to go to The Strand, a place I had never visited before but heard it was worth visiting. We took a taxi there (my first taxi ever!!! Eleni and Emily were kind of making fun of me, damn them!!!)
Jennifer couldn't go with us to Strand unfortunately, because she had to go home (she lives a little far away), so I went with Eleni and Emily.
And let me tell you...
If you have never gone to Strand the bookstore, OMG believe me you have to go! Miles and Miles of books in every direction. Books old and new all lingering together waiting for the right person to take them home. It's swoon worthy.
After I cleaned the drool off the floor, I wondered around the YA section, and Eleni showed me the ARC section. I don't know how they do it (sell ARC's, maybe they buy them from the publishers?) but I bought one ARC. Starlighter, Dragons of Starlight. It looked pretty good, and it was only 2 dollars O.o 2 fricking dollars! Somewhere deep inside I think I bought it because it has 2 dollars...
After Strand, we went and took the subway to our homes (or in my cause my Inn), and Eleni showed me which one to take and all that. Let me tell you, she is a sweet heart! She didn't want me to get lost, and she even told me to call her when I got home/Inn to know I wasn't eaten by zombies. Of course I forgot to call her till like 11 pm, but I did at the end!
What I am saying here? What is all this story telling Taschima? Well, what I am saying is that, the best part of my day was meeting bloggers. Meeting Eleni, Emily, and Jennifer. They are all awesome, and the best part is I can babble about books or anything and they got it. It was an experience way worth whatever I paid to get to NY.
And this was Day 1 at BEA/NY. After I left the girls I went out with my mom and my friend Chaz (a friend which I will be talking about a lil bit later on). With them I went to Books of Wonder (a bookstore)...
...and met the Class of 2k10. Which were...
(There are a lot of authors here, and for the life of my I can't remember name by order xD)
SWATI AVASHTI - Split
ALEXANDRA DIAZ - Of All the Stupid Things
JERI SMITH-READY - Shade
JENNIFER R. HUBBARD - The Secret Year
KITTY KESWICK - Freaksville
JUDITH GRAVES - Under My Skin
JANET FOX - Faithful
BONNIE J DOERR - Island Sting
JAME RICHARDS - Three Rivers Rising
SHARI MAURER - Change of Heart
LEAH CYPESS - Mistwood
IRENE LATHAM - Leaving Gee's Bend
RHONDA HAYTER - The Witchie Worries of Abbie Adams
SHANNON DELANY - 13 to Life
ERICA PERL - Vintage Veronica
(some of them weren't at the event, I think)
It was pretty cool to hear all the authors speak and stuff. But I left there quite early because I wanted to go out and experience NY!
I love New York.