The experience continues…
Before the Neil Gaiman talk started, my friend heard some chatter about a Book Club Speed Dating event being held in the hall after the talk. I looked it up on my BEA phone app and it said you needed to register prior to attending. We did it on the fly and were lucky they still had spots open. I’m sure glad they did! It ended up being one of the best experiences of the day.
We were split up at different tables and representatives from different publishing houses would rotate to the tables, at the sound of a gong, talking about new releases they had coming out. Many of the books they discussed were spread out around the table for us to take. It was nice to hear them so excited about what they were discussing. They definitely convinced me to pick up some books I probably wouldn’t have bothered with otherwise.
There were discussions on reading guides for the releases and where to find them as well as networking between bloggers and other book group folks at the table. They also talked a bit about Net Galley and how if we review it’s a good place to get Advanced Reading Copies.
The Speed Dating event was probably my biggest grab of the day for books and information. I would most definitely do it again.
Here’s a list of the books I walked away with from that part of the day:
Lord of Opium – Nancy Farmer
Tell the Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt
The Silver Star – Jeanette Walls
The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon (Super psyched to read this one!)
Invasion – Walter Dean Meyers
The Book of Someday – Dianne Dixon
Steelheart – Brandon Sanderson (my 2nd Sanderson of the day! This one is YA.)
Love & Lament – John Milliken Thompson
Mrs. Poe – Lynn Cullen (Excited for this one as well)
Gold – Chris Cleave
If You Could Be Mine – Sara Farizan (GLBT YA romance. I’m reading this one now. Super interesting.)
This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales (Already read this one since I got home & reviewed on Goodreads
Little Owl – Children’s puppet board book
In My Ocean – Sara Gillingham & Lorena Siminovich (Another children’s puppet book)
Out of Sight – Pittau & Gervais (A giant hardcover popup kind of children’s book. Awesome!)
To be continued. Next time: Bewildered on the Exhibitor Floor