On the bus to the event I met a journalist who works for a Toronto paper but remotely from NYC. She was interesting and if I see her tomorrow she’ll get a business card for sure.
I spent a good chunk of time in the Press Room where I saw Jason Boog, whom I know from my poetry days. He was busy working hard, so I’m not sure if he even noticed that I actually referred to him in a way that I knew him or not.
While in the press room and then outside I became acquainted with Elizabeth Willse, fellow book lover/reviewer and also Hillary Matlin, librarian & archivist. I ended up spending the rest of the day with them and having a grand time talking about everything and anything.
We ended up going to the BEA Editor’s Buzz Panel which advised of some books and was a long, but lively presentation. Afterwards they gave out galleys for all the Buzz books, so between the Press Room and there I now had around seven books and the show hasn’t even started yet.
After the Buzz conference the three of us went over to The Standard Hotel for the Electric Literature/Flavorpill/Harper Perennial party. The party itself wasn’t too exciting, but I got to go to the elevator in The Standard and see the awesome stairwell done by one of my favorite artists, AIKO. Also there were more books to pick up from Harper Perennial.
Books Gotten So Far (mostly ARCs):
We The Animals by Justin Torres
The Underside of Joy by Seré Prince Halverson
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
Nice Shot, Cupid (Myth-O-Mania IV) by Kate McMullan
Somewhere Over The Sun by Adi Alsaid
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Tony Hawk’s 900 Revolution Vol. 2-IMPULSE by M. Zachary Sherman (with art by Caio Majado)
The First Ladies by Nancy Clarke with Christie Matheson
Birds of Paradise by Diana Abu-Jaber
Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
Fante-A Memoir by Dan Fante
More on each forthcoming!