BEA/BBC Aftermath: Personal Highlights…and that means people!

BEA/BBC Aftermath: Personal Highlights…and that means people!

This is the last piece of my three-part reflection on conference comparisons. After some consideration of conversations and conference-goers in the previous post, this one gets more personal. * Some people come for the people, and you see them talking with each other, walking around, and eating together. There are also events that go on around a conference that have no association with brands at all. They happen when two or three bloggers meet up […]

At the Movies: *X-Men: First Class*

At the Movies: *X-Men: First Class*

X-Men: First Class Action/adventure drama, 2011 20th Century Fox / Marvel official movie site Plot summary, via IMDb: “Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a […]

BEA/BBC Aftermath: Connections to Conference-goers Seen in the Wild

BEA/BBC Aftermath: Connections to Conference-goers Seen in the Wild

This is the second of my three-part reflection on conference comparisons. Yesterday I talked about conversations; today I’m thinking about some of the “accessories” conferences acquire… * Some people come for the swag, and you see them carrying around lots of stuff. There’s been some pretty impressive swag spotted around BlogHer conferences. Some comes from BlogHer sponsor brands, but rumor has it that the really choice stuff turns up at the offsite, invitation-only events that […]

BEA/BBC Aftermath: Connections to conversations outside the official agenda

BEA/BBC Aftermath: Connections to conversations outside the official agenda

I’ve said it before; I like to look for the connections. On the day I moderated the “Blogging for a Niche Market” panel at the 2011 Book Blogger Convention, I contributed a guest post to Armchair BEA talking about the opposite of niche – the concerns and interests bloggers share regardless of the specific content of their blogs. Despite the fact that it’s being held just down the 5 Freeway in San Diego this year, […]

Sunday Salon: The BEA Book Box Arrived!

Sunday Salon: The BEA Book Box Arrived!

There are other things I could write about today, but I don’t have a lot of time for writing this weekend, and you’re probably more interested in a book report anyway. (Yes, I know I said last week that books aren’t everything..and I stand by that, but seriously, how could there not be a post-BEA book report?) I actually didn’t ship a lot of books back from BEA (relatively speaking) and I brought back part […]

Friday Fotos (from NYC): From the bridge, and from my window

Friday Fotos (from NYC): From the bridge, and from my window

I spent my last morning in New York City building crossing bridges. Well, one bridge, anyway…it connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. This is the Manhattan Bridge, as seen from the bridge I was actually standing on. Jill and Teresa were my companions for a walk across this bridge. I’m sure you know which bridge it is… Meanwhile, down at the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn Bridge, someone was keeping their bicycle warm and cozy. For the week preceding that walk across […]

Reporting on Book Blogger Con for She Posts!

One of my favorite things at BEA was making introductions between bloggers. I just think it’s rude not to make introductions when someone comes up to join a conversation already in progress; and when I’m introducing one blogger to another, it’s so much fun to see the spark of recognition when they realize that they already do know one another via their writing. And I’m the non-niche book blogger who was asked to moderate the […]

Book Talk: *A Canticle for Leibowitz*, by Walter M. Miller Jr. (Faith & Fiction Roundtable)

Book Talk: *A Canticle for Leibowitz*, by Walter M. Miller Jr. (Faith & Fiction Roundtable)

A Canticle for Leibowitz  Walter M. Miller Jr. Eos (2006), Paperback (0060892994 / 9780060892999) (Reprint: original publication date 1959) Science/speculative fiction, 352 pages Source: Purchased Reason for reading: Faith and Fiction Roundtable discussion Opening lines: “Brother Francis Gerard of Utah might never have discovered the blessed documents, had it not been for the pilgrim with gilded loins who appeared during that young novice’s Lenten fast in the desert.” Book description: Winner of the 1961 Hugo […]