By choice, I didn’t go to very many book signings at BEA 2011, but two of them were pretty special.
Joanne Bamberger’s PunditMom was one of the very first blogs I began following, four long years ago, and she’s introduced me to a number of savvy political women online. Our paths have crossed in a number of ways; both of us blogged for sites in the Silicon Valley Moms Group, and we met in person at BlogHer’09 in Chicago (where I made a bit of a fangirl out of myself). Her first book, Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America, has just come out, and her signing was my first priority on my first day at BEA.
|with Joanne Bamberger/PunditMom; photo by Karen Ballum (with my camera)
|with Beth Kephart; photo by Elizabeth Law of Egmont USA (with my camera)
Beth Kephart was my 2010 Author of the Year. I loved the writing on her lovely blog even before I loved her fiction, and we’ve become friends on Facebook over the past year as well. I nearly jumped up and down when I saw that she was scheduled to sign advance copies of her newest novel, You Are My Only, at BEA…and as it happened, I knew about the signing before she did! I was very excited to realize I’d get to meet her in person, but she threw me for a bit of a loop when she proposed that we make a short vlog together for Armchair BEA (did you get the chance to see it last week, and enter the related giveaway?).
It was much more fun than I expected it to be, and spending an hour with Beth was a joy. She’s a beautiful person as well as a beautiful writer, generous and giving and genuinely interested in people. We made the video before going to the signing, and I was able to stick around for the whole thing. I really enjoyed seeing her interact with her readers, and even got the chance to take a few photos, like this one:
As I said in my Sunday Salon post yesterday, the high points of my week at BEA and BookBloggerCon were all about the people I spent them with; Wednesday morning with Beth Kephart was one of the very highest.
I’m up earlier than I planned to be on a rainy (!?) Sunday morning, back in Southern California. Some thought-out content and pictures related to my week in New York for BEA and BookBloggerCon is coming, but as I am not yet fully coherent, it won’t be in this post. I heard from more experienced BEA-goers that there were far fewer galleys available this year, but since this was my first time, I can’t compare. […]
This is a sticky post for the week of May 23-27. Please scroll down for new material! Whatever has brought you here today, thanks for stopping by! This week, I’m participating in Armchair BEA while on-site in New York City for Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention…so I’m here, but not here. I will be checking in frequently, though, so please leave a comment to let me know you visited! This is a […]
It’s been a busy week in New York City! I’ve been tweeting from Book Expo America, but really haven’t had the time or mental energy to do much more. In addition, I left my camera cable at home, so pictures will have to wait until I’m reunited with it. It always strikes me as ironic that bloggers go to blogging events and don’t blog from them; and at this reading-related event, I’ve barely done any […]
Today’s the day you could win big at Armchair BEA, so be sure to check out the incredible giveaways being hosted and posted there today! In addition, we’re talking about the books that have won our love this year (so far), and some that we’re looking forward to loving! I’ve reviewed 18 books so far this year, which puts me pretty close to the book-a-week pace I think is most realistic for me. However, this […]
I haven’t posted a Blogthings quiz for a while, but then I spotted their “What Part of New York Are You?” quiz. Since I’ll be on my way there in just about 48 hours, I just had to take this one. What Part of New York Are You? You Are the Brooklyn Bridge You think there are many true paths in this life. You don’t expect anyone else to follow yours. You believe that everyone […]
We’ll make this quick – just to fill you in before the weekend starts… 1. I see not nearly enough time to do all the prep I want to do before leaving for BEA! 2. I have three books with reviews pending that I have to start reading from scratch (so they’re coming with me!). 3. They begin tossing books into your hands as soon as you arrive at BEA, don’t they? 4. I wish I had as much time for […]
I know I’m not the only person who’ll be attending Book Expo America and/or the Book Blogger Convention for the first time next week – and probably not the only one who’s a little anxious about it, either! For me, knowing as much as I can about what I’m getting into is helpful in managing that anxiety. Fortunately, there are plenty of more experienced BEA-goers who are more than happy to share their knowledge with […]
The Indie Lit Awards, as you’ve probably heard, are making some exciting changes in their second year – new genres to consider and new panelists to consider them. However, not all the changes are being made on the inside; some are intended to broaden participation in the Awards and enlarge the field of contenders. One exciting change is that any reader will be able to nominate books for the 2011 awards – it will […]
After last week, I really feel that those who would diss people who use social media to reach out during times of crisis honestly don’t get social media. Those of you who follow my Twitter feed or are Facebook friends are probably aware of the crisis my family experienced last week, and which triggered this not-terribly-original observation. A recap follows, via Facebook updates (most of which were pushed from Twitter, so they’re pretty brief). Starting […]
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As some readers know, my blogging habit is to write my posts in advance and then schedule them to publish. I didn’t have one written for today and had thought I’d skip this week’s Salon, but as I skimmed my Reader this morning and saw others’ posts popping up, I felt the urge to join in. This will probably be relatively short; it wasn’t a big week for reflection. It wasn’t a bad one for […]
In the early 1900s, my mother’s family made a journey from the south of Italy to New York City. They found work in the factories and homes in the tenements, and many of them never ventured much further after that. Most of the women – my great-aunts – went to work in the factories of the city’s garment district, where they spent their adult lives producing clothing. Decades later, Kimberly Chang and her mother made […]
Faith: A Novel Jennifer Haigh Harper (May 2011), Hardcover (ISBN 0060755806 / 9780060755805) Fiction, 304 pages Source: ARC from publisher, via TLC Book Tours Reason for reading: Blog tour, personal interest (known author) Opening lines*: “Here is a story my mother has never told me. “It is a day she’s relived a thousand times, the 21st of June, 1951, the longest day of that or any year. A day that still hasn’t ended, as some […]
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