Alas, the last day of BEA had to happen, but it was a fantastic end to a great trip. It was a little less stressful than the other days, with fewer books to grab. I took the opportunity to flit around taking pictures, talking to publicists, and hanging out with my fellow bloggers and bookish people. It was hard to leave, but at least I have 60 pounds of literary souveniers to comfort me!
Highlights from the Floor
1. Last day hanging out with Christina of Christina Reads YA and Summer of Blue Sky Shelf! I'm going to miss these lovely ladies. I also finally got to meet Shae of Shae Has Left the Room and Alexa of Alexa Loves Books!
2. The morning was largely occupied by the Six of Crows signing line. As in, I got there at roughly 9:03 am from the side entrance (yayuh, China adjunct escalator) and the signing was at 10:30. It was well worth it to meet Leigh Bardugo, who was very sweet (and has awesome hair, whatever she was complaining about).
3. Luckily, I was pretty far up in the Leigh Bardugo line. Only 100 ARCs were available! I know a lot of people missed out, which was sad. :( Hopefully they were able to get one from the drop. I also had the pleasure of meeting Jen from Library of a Bookwitch and Rachel from Spencer Hill.
4. Had to get a picture of the famous Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. Not only are they very charming, but they also have the distinction of writing paranormal before it was cool. Relic was the first horror movie I ever saw (based on their first Pendergast novel). Nothing like a monster wreaking havoc in the Field Museum! (Okay, okay, it was the Natural History Museum in the book.) Also, I hear Lincoln Child rarely goes to signings, so that was a treat.
5. Apparently, Christie Brinkley wrote a book. (She's a model. I had to google this.) Her line was crazy long at Hachette, even though it was only to take a picture with her. There were quite a few men in line, hem.
6. I snagged a copy of This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. She was super modest, and seemed incredibly surprised by the crazy turnout for her line.
7. Patrick Ness was delightful. I told him that I'd read all of Chaos Walking in a week (because babbling). He said, "That's quite a lot of words," and then proceeded to question himself about what the date was. Well worth my coveted Front-of-the-line pass. (No, pictures are not my strong suit.)
8. Even though I've read All the Bright Places, I stuck around to get a copy signed by Jennifer Niven. She is my hero, and also actually remembered me from that painting I did. I had a small happy heart attack. They gave out post-its with the book, which was super cute.
9. I ended the day at the Broadway performance of Finding Neverland. It was the perfect way to end BEA, a story about a story.
The Wall of Feminist Icons
I didn't stand in line for these ladies because I'd have been there three hours, but I did run around to get some pictures. So much girl power in one room!
1. Mindy Kaling, new author and all-around badass.
2. Felicia Day, geek queen of the internet and surrealy adorable human being.
3. Gloria Steinem. Yes. Gloria freaking Steinem.
The Book Call
So, I kinda dropped the ball on this one and forgot to take pictures today. Now, most of the books are in FedEx boxes on their way home. However, tide yourself over with this sick Six of Crows cover.
Another year, another BEA over! I miss it already. To all those at BookCon, I'm jealous and I hope you have a blast. I'll see you next year in the vastly superior city of Chicago.
Not that I'm biased, or anything. ;)