22 May 2011
I have only attended BEA once. Back in 2005 I was a newbie technical services librarian in western MA, handling cataloging and acquisitions. The idea of wandering around a convention hall full of publishers, authors and like-minded people was a glorious idea to the avid reader and librarian in me. I was lucky enough to get Debbie Stoller's Stitch & Bitch Nation that year, and I also fought my way through the amazing line that developed for Neil Gaiman's first chapter of American Gods. We MA librarians are fortunate most years to have a bus funded for one day during the week to travel to NY, care of our regional library system. Sadly my schedule and parenting has not given me the chance to do it again, but I am trying to plan ahead for next year!
Getting more involved in book blogging has brought me to discover Armchair BEA, for those of us who cannot attend either BEA or the Book Blogger Convention. I am excited to be joining the many other bloggers who will be participating virtually. I will be blogging BEA-related posts, and you can get a preview of the topics here.
So this week's regular posts will be delayed a week while I participate in ABEA. Whether walking the Javits floor or curled up at home - happy reading this week!