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9 May

Stephanie Perkins New Covers (Including my Head Shot)

So as many of you in the book world have already seen, Stephanie Perkins’ books will be getting new covers. What you might not know, is that I photographed the author photo that will (last I heard) be featured in the back of the book!!

I do a lot of fashion photography here in NYC, but I also do fun things like events, and head shots! Even a wedding or two, when I know it won’t get too crazy. 😉 I’ve been speaking to some fellow bloggers about possibly doing a group shot, and individual head shot sessions while they are in town for BEA. If you are a blogger or author in need of a head shot, contact me! bookshelflustATgmail.com

You can see more of my photography at my portfolio site: http://www.rachelscroggins.net

Here’s a sneak peek / clip of the new head shot:
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With more info about the new covers in Steph’s blog post.

Upcoming NYC Bookish Events!

9 May

As most of you know, Book Expo American is coming up later this month! For everyone else, there are still plenty of fun local area events and signings you can attend:

May 16th at Books of Wonder:
Andrea Cremer and David Levithan signing “Invisibility”!
6-8pm

May 16th at The Strand:
OK Cupid Book Swap for Passionate (single) readers. 7pm.
More info here.

May 20th at Books of Wonder:
YA ICONS TOUR, Featuring Margaret Stohl, Gayle Foreman, Tanya Hurley and Barry Lyga!
6-8pm

I’ll be at both Books of Wonder events (along with a few off-site events during BEA, like the S&S Teen Blogger Preview). If you see me, be sure to say hello! 🙂

BEA Recap: Day Three

4 Jun

On Wednesday, the second official show day of Book Expo, I arrived right on the expo floor right in time for the doors to open. Suddenly, the people around me were running in every direction, and I had no clue what was going on. I decided to head over to the booth’s of some of my favorite YA publishers, and see what ARC’s they had available. I did not know on Tuesday, that the morning “rush” is when most ARC’s are actually handed out.

I now understand why crazy people run to their favorite booths. I dashed from booth to booth, and found many books that I had on my BEA wishlist. By 9:30am, my grocery tote was nearly full of books (something it’d taken me hours to do on Tuesday). At some point, I met up with Lindsi, and we continued our book quest, until I lost her again.

But not before we met Lauren Kate, who was doing an in-booth signing of Passion:
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Lauren was very sweet.

I ended up skipping the lines to meet Lauren Oliver, and Ally Condie, because they were insane. I found a copy of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, one of my “must haves” right away, so I grabbed one in case they ran out before her signing at 10:30am. The line moved quickly (or at least it did where I was–relatively close to the front). Laini was so cute, and seemed really excited to be meeting so many of her fans.
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Laini Taylor and her awesome pink hair.

After Laini, I dashed back to the autographing area to get in line for Melissa Marr.
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Melissa with Casey.

I finally got a copy of Graveminder, which I’d been waiting forever for. But of course, not until after I stood in a massive line. Not sure if it was the crazy line, or just general BEA fatigue, but Melissa seemed tired.

Next I met Joceyln Davies, author of A Beautiful Dark, but it happened so fast, I can barely recall any details.

After hearing horror stories of Tuesday’s signing at the Harlequin booth I met Lindsi and Casey in line twenty minutes early for the multi-author Harlequin Teen event. According to multiple reports, a blogger and her friends blockaded the table and were stealing books out of people’s hands at Rachel Vincent’s signing for Blood Bound! And yes before someone asks, I was told the name of the blogger who was responsible. Thankfully, I’ve never met or spoken to her, or I’d be embarrassed to be her friend.

The Harlequin line quickly grew crazy, making me glad I’d decided to head there early.

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While we were waiting, we discovered the cover for Goddess Interrupted!

And right before that, in the comic book area, I saw a wall of comic book ads that included Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series:
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Julie Kagawa, Kady Cross, Gena Showalter, and Maria V. Snyder were all signing. Not surprisingly, all four turned out to be incredibly nice authors! Here’s Julie signing copies of Iron Queen:

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After the signing, I was finally able to grab some lunch downstairs at Javits. Downstairs, one of the most inexpensive options was pizza. While I was waiting in line, the woman in front of me complimented me on my eye makeup. We started talking, and then I noticed her name tag: Sarah Beth Durst! I told her I was a fan, and saw her upcoming book in the Fall preview slide show, “Drink,Slay,Love” the day before at the Simon and Schuster preview. So she gave me a bookmark!

I had some time to kill, so I went straight over to Penguin to get in line for Eoin Colfer’s new adult mystery novel, Plugged. The line was long, but moved pretty fast. Books were handed out before we reached Mr. Colfer, so it was nice to for once, stand in a long line, yet still be assured I would receive a signed book.

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Plugged.

My last few signings of the day were over in the Random House area. I arrived early once again, so I got in line to meet James Dashner, and got a signed excerpt of the new Maze Runner book “The Death Cure”. I told James I hadn’t read the series yet, but had it on my TBR for ages. He joked that I was smart for waiting until all three books were out!

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James Dashner.

I found Lindsi and Casey again, sitting on the floor behind Random House, waiting for Erin Morgenstern’s “Night Circus” signing to begin. The line was long (EVERYONE seemed to be talking about how amazing this book is!), but once again, moved quickly. Which worked out for me, because my next and last event was Chuck Palahniuk’s signing for “Damned” about ten feet away. Chuck being Chuck, the line was insane. People began to line up over an hour and a half early. Since I couldn’t wait in both the Night Circus line, and Chuck’s at the same time, despite their proximity, I got stuck somewhere about 60 feet away from the front.

I had to leave for a work appointment at 5:15pm, and before I knew it, it was 4:40 and the line had only moved 10 feet. Chuck is amazing, and very personable, so he was chatting at length and posing for multiple photos with fans.

Unfortunately, BEA is just not the right venue for The other attendees in line around me began grumbling that we were at a trade show–not comic con, and I started worrying that I’d miss my appointment and/or the signing would be stopped when the exhibit floor closed at 5.

I ended up having to give up, grab my roommate to stand in line for me, and leave the show. I spoke to Chuck’s publicist on my way out about fan’s being upset about the line congestion and length. And snapped a quick photo:
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Chuck!

I was told that after I left, the line moved much faster. Luckily, thanks to Jenn, I still got my signed book. After my quick work meeting, I skipped out on a publishing event to go home and crash. I could barely walk with my overstuffed suitcase, and was completely exhausted. I need to pack for Jamaica (I didn’t), and was planning on attending the evening’s blogger dinner meetup.

I got to the dinner, held at Dallas BBQ in Chelsea, and hosted by Damaris and Yara a bit late, but still had an amazing time making new blogger friends, and a socializing with a handful of authors. Also, Dallas BBQ has amazing inexpensive frozen margaritas!

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Half of the bloggers from Reading Teen!

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The evening’s hosts, and author guests .

Somewhere, I have a photo that I am actually in, but I will have to find it and edit it in later. 🙂

The dinner was a blast, but I was so sad to say goodbye to everyone. Wednesday was my last day at BEA, and I was completely exhausted. I thought before that I could get up early, attend the show for an hour or two, and then leave for the airport Thursday afternoon, but there was just no way. After the dinner, I went home, pet my new books again and took way too many photos of them, and started my preliminary packing.

In the end, this was my final BEA haul:

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Not pictured: a few books I gave away to friends, and a few accidental repeats. All in all, thanks to the efforts of my roommate, my friends, and myself, I received 108 books.

I am so thankful for everything I received, and busted my ass to get. But I am also now completely and utterly TERRIFIED of my TBR pile. And before anything says anything about the sheer number of books I got (I seem to have the largest pile so far, out of my friends) YES I plan on reading all of these books. Anything that I change my mind about will go to either family members (there is a book on fonts calling my Mother’s name), or blogger friends who will review them.

As a newer blogger, I just recently started to receive ARC copies for review. So like I said, I am beyond thankful that I was able to meet so many amazing publicity and marketing folks, and get so many wonderful books. Every book on this table, with the exception of 10 or so my roommate picked up for me unexpectedly was on a meticulously researched list of books I wanted from BEA. I planned nearly every minute of my two days on the show floor–and it paid off!

So thank you to everyone I met. I’m sure I forgot a lot of your names, but everyone was truly awesome. And thanks to everyone who helped me have such an amazing first year at BEA! Be sure to stay tuned for my final BEA recap post, where I discuss everything good and bad about my experience. 🙂

BEA Recap: Day Two

2 Jun

I started my second day of BEA by breaking the cardinal rule of attending book expo: don’t be late. My roommate Jenn (a media publicist) and I both seemed to have trouble getting out of the apt. that morning, and also vastly underestimated the length of time it would take to get us from the subway to Javits Center on the far west side of Manhattan.

And: it was HOT. And very humid.

By the time we did walk in to Javits around 9:20am, I already felt dead. But I sucked it up, and after waiting in a very tiny line for our passes, dashed over to the first signing on my list– Jeri Smith Ready. Sadly, there were only 40 or so books available, so I definitely missed getting a signed copy of Shift. Having met Jeri the night before, I didn’t feel too badly, so my next stop was Scott Tracey’s signing for Witch Eyes. I was really excited to pick up a copy after hearing so much discussion of his book on twitter.

Along with roomie Jenn, I ended up hanging out with Lindsi of Books, Sweets and Other Treats in the signing lines. Apparently a crazy older woman actually BIT Lindsi in the arm when she reached past her for a book that AM—an event that would later reach BEA Urban Legend status. (Edit: You can read her account of the incident here.)

Lindsi was shaken by the experience, but appeared rabies-free, so we decided to hang out while we waited for signings to begin. Together, we made an awesome team, and were able to get each other books we would have otherwise missed out on. At one point, running around Javits, we met this bookish Piggie:
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Shortly after we met Melissa de la Cruz (signing Bloody Valentine and Witches of East End), who remembered my blog from the very early “Most Wanted Books of 2011” post I had written about Witches. I’ve met her twice now, and each time Melissa is completely and utterly awesome. She also has the honor of being one of my longest read YA authors (second only to LJ Smith)–I’ve been a fan of hers since the second Au Pairs book!

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Melissa De la Cruz.

After Melissa’s signing, we double teamed the lines of Alma Katsu (The Taker), Claudia Gray (Fateful), Trinity Faegen (The Mephisto Covenant, one of my most highly anticipated YA reads of BEA), and Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Trial by Fire). After, Jenn went back to continue her half day of work, and Lindsi headed to some other signings. I stopped by the Harlequin booth to meet Rachel Vincent. The lines were a bit hectic, but I managed to snag a copy of “If I Die”, and have Rachel sign it. Along with one other similarly named blogger friend in front of me, we all had a nice discussion about the proper way to spell Rachel:

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At some other point that afternoon, I met Trinity Faegen, Jana Oliver, and Jeri Smith Ready again:
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R-L:Trinity, Jana, and Jeri.

I attempted to grab lunch in my downtime, but due to a major Javits FAIL, I wasn’t able to eat. Turns out the entire convention center had lost the use of their credit/debit card network, leaving many attendees unable to purchase food. I was actually chastised by a cashier for not bringing cash, which as a New Yorker, I can say is completely ridiculous. So I continued on, scarfing the only food I had brought with me: a banana, and some peanut butter crackers. Little did I know, I wouldn’t be eating lunch at all that day.

After my lunch disaster, tired, and hungry, I got in line early the Tahereh Mafi signing line for Shatter Me. Which was a good decision, because that line ended up being huge. Tahereh was super nice (and more shy than she seems on twitter), so when I ended up randomly running into her at the Harper Collins booth later that day, she signed a second copy of her book for me to give Jenn, and inscribed it with a “Happy Birthday” message for her!

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Tahereh Mafi.

Post-Shatter Me, a small group of bloggers and I got in line at the Penguin booth for Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines signing later that afternoon. We seemed to be blocking the show floor and the current signing line, so a Penguin employee handed out numbered cards, and told us to come back about an hour and a half later for what was sure to be the biggest YA signing of the day.

As expected, things did not go as smoothly as planned.

People were confused by the number system. People got in line where they didn’t belong. And bloggers were told the number system was “canceled” and the line was a free for all.  Luckily, a smart publicist did a last-minute line organization, so we all managed to get back in line close to our original numbers, and meet Richelle. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the chance to meet her a second time. Since Richelle is 5 or 6 months pregnant, I was surprised she even came to BEA! She was amazing, as always, and we had a brief chat about how busy she was going to be around the end of August. (She has I believe 2 books, a graphic novel, and the baby due all within a week!)

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Richelle Mead.

After scoring both Bloodlines and Shatter Me, I was pretty confident in my author meeting and book procuring abilities. I only had one other “must have” book left to get Wednesday morning.

I got in line to meet Kiki Hamilton, author of The Faerie Ring, but sadly the books ran out 3 people in front of me –after a BEA volunteer had counted out the number of people in line and told me I’d be the last person to receive one. I was sad, but got over it. I did manage to get Leigh Fallon’s Carrier of the Mark, another book high on my want list, so that pretty much made up for missing out on Faerie Ring. One last stop at Jeff Hirsch’s line for The Eleventh Plague (a highly anticipated post-apocalyptic YA novel), and we were done with day one!

Kind of.

Lindsi, and her hotel roommates Casey, Farrah, and Britney needed to go to the post office, so we hopped on the cross-town bus with our massive suitcases (much to the chagrin of the other passengers), and headed to the giant 34th street USPS location. It ended up being much much cheaper than shipping at Javits, but took forever. I sat outside on the steps and got some sun while I waited, and ended up meeting a woman who works as book reviewer & writer for a Canadian newspaper—who has been going to BEA for 20 years! It was insane hearing the stories she had to tell about past conventions.

After all of day 1’s books were securely shipped off, our group headed to Chelsea to one of my favorite cafe’s, Grey Dog. It felt absolutely amazing to sit down, and finally eat some food. Not only is Grey Dog super yummy, but it’s pretty laid back, which was just what we needed after a long day running around like crazy people doing bookish things.

Finally, I made it home. Where I did not go to bed early (mistake!), and instead pet my new books, and read more of an old one. Other than a few books I missed out on, I had a very successful first day on the show floor. And felt like I was slowly learning what not to do on day 2. Check back tomorrow for that story!

I will leave you with this crazy photo. The end of day 2 book pile, featuring books from Monday and Tuesday:
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BEA Recap: Day One

2 Jun

BEA feels like one hundred years ago after the madness of the last week! After returning to the US Monday, and editing all of my Jamaica trip *and* BEA photos, I’m finally ready to share my experience.

My unofficial first day of BEA was on Monday May 22. I started my morning at the Simon and Schuster Blogger Lunch. I was really excited to hear all about S&S upcoming Fall 2011 releases from the awesome ladies on the marketing publicity teams, and finally meet some of my blogger friends I chat with regularly on Twitter. I also got to see some old friends, the ladies of Good Choice Reading.

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Jamie and Anna.

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Maria, Damaris, and Wanda from GCR.

Author Elizabeth Miles told us all about her new book Fury, which sounds totally awesome, and was already on my goodreads TBR list. Then we saw a short slide show featuring all of the upcoming Fall YA releases. Let me just say, there are some AMAZING books on that list. People in the audience were especially were gasping over The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and The Pledge.

During the presentation, a mini contest was held giving out some of the current and upcoming books. I won a copy of Wither by Lauren DeStefano. Damaris was even luckier, and won the entire re-designed Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld:

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Love the new covers!

After lunch, Ellen Hopkins arrived, and read us snippets of her new novel Perfect. Like all of Ellen’s books, it was a bit graphic compared to most YA. But still sounds completely engrossing, and totally original. After more book chatter, the lovely Simon team had a surprise for us: we were going to the Top of The Rock! I’ve lived in NYC for 5 years, and still haven’t made it up there.

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t really cooperate and it was incredibly foggy. But it actually made it even cooler, because it felt like we were on a movie set or something. I joked that with all the fog, it would make for a great cover shoot for a YA book about angels. Too bad you can’t plan in advance for weather like that!

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Jenna and her sister Lillie in front of the creepy fog background!

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The ladies of Simon and Schuster.

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April, who is the proud owner of one of the first book blogs I started reading regularly.

After Top of the Rock, Jenna, Lillie and I made a mad dash to SoHo for the Teen Author Carnival. We arrived just as the library started to get packed. I was the evening’s official photographer, so I got settled in, and started documenting the event. Sadly, I broke my best lens on the way to Sunday’s Books Of Wonder signing with Megan McCafferty and Elizabeth Scott (my bag just barely bumped the floor, and the lens now refuses to focus), but I still managed to get some great shots of the huge group of authors in attendance.

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A handful of the authors who participated, before the panels began.

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The schedule.

Some of the books for sale at the event:
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Carrie Jones and Hannah Moskowitz.

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Yara and Damaris with the always wonderful Andrea Cremer.

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The crowd. Or rather, half of it!

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Authors chatting before the panels.

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Mitali and Devyn, introducing all of the authors.

Panel # 1 was called: “Kick Ass Females in YA: And Why It’s A Big Deal To Have Them”.
Featuring:
1. Malinda Lo
2. Andrea Cremer
3. Michelle Zink
4. Courtney Allison Moulton
5. Carole Estby Dagg
6. Elizabeth Scott
7. Michelle Hodkin
8. Kirsten Hubbard

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Carole Estby Dagg

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Courtney Allison Moulton and Andrea Cremer.

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Michelle Hodkin and Kirsten Hubbard.

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Moderator Lisa DesRochers

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Michelle Zink speaking.

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Malinda Lo.

In an additional space, the “Otherworldy Adventures: With a Bit of the Real World Thrown In” was about to begin. I bounced back and forth between each of the panels, but before #2 started, I ran into these two characters:
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Scott Tracey and Leah Clifford. Authors, and roommates. I felt like I already knew them, after participating in a few of Leah’s hilarious late night live shows on BlogTV.

Panel # 2 was introduced, giggling commenced, and I quickly realized this was the goofy author panel:
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The entire panel: Nova Ren Suma, Carrie Jones, Michael Northrop, Leah Clifford, Scott Tracey, E. Archer, and moderator Chelsea Swiggett.

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Karsten Knight was co-moderator.

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The packed in audience!

Back in panel #1, Elizabeth Scott really did not want to be the first author to answer a question:
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I ran into Ellen Hopkins, Mitali’s Mom, Devyn, and Korianne in the hallway.

After a few trips back and forth between each panel, it was time for the second hour of programming to begin:
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Before the authors began speaking, I chatted with Lindsi. Who did not want her photo taken candidly.

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Mitali and Devyn introduce the authors.

Panel #3 was called “Teenage Angst: Getting It Right – The Emotions, The Voice, The Drama” and featured:
1. David Levithan
2. Susane Colasanti
3. Melissa Walker
4. Kody Keplinger
5. Hannah Moskowitz
6. Gayle Forman
7. Torrey Maldonado
8. Caridad Ferrer

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Kody Keplinger, Torrey Maldonado, Caridad Ferrer, and moderator Ellen Hopkins.

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David Levithan and Hannah Moskowitz.

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Susane Colasanti and Gayle Forman.

Back in the tiny room again, the “Debut Author Showcase: The Journey to Publication” panel was introduced:
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The panel was moderated by 2012 debut author and book blogger Lenore Applehans, and featured the following authors:
1. Carole Estby Dagg
2. Amy Fellner Dominy
3. Kirsten Hubbard
4. Bettina Restrepo
5. Michelle Hodkin
6. Nick James
7. Scott Tracey

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Each author began by talking about, or reading from their debut novels.

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Nick James, Amy Fellner Dominy, Kirsten Hubbard, Michelle Hodkin, Bettina Restrepo, and Scott Tracey.

Bouncing between panels, I managed to photograph and chat with a few additional authors:

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Andrea Cremer.

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Gretchen McNeil. We had a great chat about “authors behaving badly”.

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Goodie bags, just waiting to be torn into!

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Scenes from the librarian’s desk.

Back in panel #3:
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David Levithan being thoughtful.

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Torrey Maldonado talked about challenging the stereotype that reading books is “girly”.

Panel #4 again:
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Once all of the panels were completed, the authors divided amongst the two rooms, and held a massive book signing:
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I love Elizabeth Scott, she came so prepared!

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Courtney and David were all smiles!

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Gayle and Kody.

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By the time I made it to the second, smaller and more crowded signing space, I was so weighed down with books and camera gear that I didn’t take any photos! But I did manage to grab Jeri Smith Ready (who was in the audience) to pose for a photo, and force her to listen to me gush uncontrollably about how I devoured Shift and Shade in less than 24 hours:

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Before long, the event was over, and it was time for the massive group photo:
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Trying to get in position.

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Almost there!

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Ready!

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Authors + event co-organizer Mitali

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Mitali and Ellen.

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Me and Andrea, who is beyond nice, and one of my absolute faves.

Overall, Day One was completely and utterly exhausting, but also even more amazing than I could have hoped for. I met some very sweet and kind fellow bloggers, authors, and publishing folk. I practically waddled home with all of my new books (including a highly coveted copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer!), and couldn’t feel my feet by the time I arrived. But it was totally worth it! Come back soon for reports from days #2 and #3 of BEA.

Special thanks to Simon and Schuster, and Mitali, Devyn, and Korianne!
See the full event photo set here.

All Photos and Content ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/Bookshelf Lust.

Post-BEA Giveaway: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead (CLOSED)

31 May

Bloodlines Giveaway

I am finally catching up with life after BEA, and and after my weekend photo trip to Jamaica. I’m now working on some fun daily recaps which should be up soon, editing photos from BEA and the Teen Author Carnival, and trying to plan out my now very intimidating TBR list. Despite being completely worn out by the end, traveling to another country and missing day 3, and learning the hard way what to absolutely not do at BEA (trying to be in 4 places at once, wearing brand new shoes) I had a blast!

In celebration of all the fun I had, and all the amazing people I met, I’m offering my readers a copy of Richelle Mead’s new Vampire Academy spinoff series Bloodlines. As one of my most anticipated books of 2011, I was so excited to I grab a copy during Richelle’s signing on Tuesday. Bloodlines was one of 3 books on my “I will cry if I don’t find it at BEA” list. On Wednesday, I was lucky enough to find a second copy, which I picked up to give my roommate for her birthday that week. Turns out roomie –who also attended BEA doing publicity work for her job– scored Bloodlines, and a matching tote bag from the nice folks at the Penguin booth on her own on Thursday.

Our little mistake will make for one very happy reader! I’d love to keep this giveaway for huge fans of the Vampire Academy series only. But that might be a bit hard, since I have absolutely no way of regulating it. I’d obviously recommend ONLY entering if you have read the original Vampire Academy series. If you haven’t, the copy on the back of this book alone will spoil the entire series for you.

 

GIVEAWAY RULES:
– Comment here telling me why you want to read Bloodlines, your fave VA character, a member of your dream cast for the movie, or something else VA related (MUST DO).
– Tweet a link to the giveaway for an extra entry.
– Be sure to include your email so I can actually contact you if you win!
-Contest closes on Sunday June 12th at 11:59pm.
-Winner will be chosen using random.org.
-Unfortunately due to high shipping costs, this giveaway is open for US residents only.

GOOD LUCK!

EDIT: This giveaway is closed, and the winner has been notified via email. Winner has 48hours to reply, before a second winner will be chosen.

Post-BEA Reflections

26 May

BEA was even more amazing than I expected. But it was also incredibly overwhelming. Nothing anyone had told me about attending prepared me for the actual experience. I’ll be doing full recap posts next week about the blogger events I attended, the Teen Author Carnival (where I was the official photographer!), and each day of BEA. I’m sadly missing today, the last day, and Friday’s Book Blogger Con because I’m going away for a few days on a photo/business trip! That’s a big part of why I feel so overwhelmed–I would not recommend traveling post-BEA, unless it’s to go home. : )

Thank you to everyone I met who was so nice to me! Both publicists, marketing people, and other bloggers. You were all awesome! If we met at BEA, say hi here or on twitter.

I can’t wait to share all my photos and recaps with you, and review the books in my terrifying new TBR pile. ❤

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Me and Andrea Cremer after the Teen Author Carnival.

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Just part of my BEA haul. This is Wednesday’s Books!

Class of 2K11 BEA Week Events

19 May

The event listings just keep on coming! I mentioned the 2K11 book signing at Books of Wonder in the post belowthis one. Well now I present to you a whole week’s worth of 2K11 events happening during BEA. Some of the books on this list are on my “most anticipated” books of BEA list! Be sure to hit up at least one of these, and meet some amazing up and coming YA authors.

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More info, including post-BEA appearances.

BEA WEEK EVENTS

18 May

BEA is just under a week away, but I am already feeling the “omg so much to do!” insanity and falling behind on reviews. Along with my regular work, doing fun things like shooting a beautiful fashion show (for blog #1), and helping my parents pack for a move, I am booked for every day this month! Thankfully, BEA’s official schedule ends around 5pm every night, leaving time for blogger meetups, parties, and more signings. Here are some of the most exciting events I’ve found:

SUNDAY MAY 22:

TERRIFIC TEEN TITLES Event at Books of Wonder:
1 pm – 3 pm

CASEY SCIESZKA – To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story
STEVEN WEINBERG – To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story
ELIZABETH SCOTT – Between Here and Forever
AMY IGNATOW – Popularity Papers: Book 2
ROBERT SHARENOW – The Berlin Boxing Club
MEGAN MCCAFFERTY – Bumped
18 West 18th Street, NYC

MONDAY MAY 23:

Lady Gaga at Best Buy, Union Square.
9pm-??
CD Release/Signing
Not a bookish event, but just as exciting!
(This isn’t confirmed by any means)

Meet the Author: Gena Showalter
Book: The Darkest Secret
Venue: Apple Store, SoHo, 6:30pm
Location: 103 Prince Street, NYC

NYC TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL:
May 23 Time: 4-7pm
Mulberry Street Library
10 Jersey Street NYC
24 Authors Reading and Signing, including Andrea Cremer, Gayle Forman, Kody Keplinger, David Levithan, and more! More info here.

TUESDAY MAY 24:

Speculating on Fiction at the NYPL:
Tuesday May 24th 5:30pm
Lev Grossman – The Magicians
John Scalzi – Fuzzy Nation
Cat Valente – Deathless
Scott Westerfeld – Behemoth
Info, and registration here.

WEDNESDAY MAY 25:

Charlaine Harris Signing 3
Word for Word: Charlaine Harris, Dead Reckoning. Moderated by Melissa Marr
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm
The New York Times bestselling author visits the Bryant Park outdoor reading series to discuss the latest installment in the hugely popular Sookie Stackhouse novels. This event is a part of the “Word for Word” is an outdoor reading series that features bestselling authors, celebrity writers, and expert-panelists sharing anecdotes, answering questions from the audience, and signing copies of their latest books.
The event is FREE and open to the public. For updates and additional information, please visit the website at http://www.bryantpark.org. The Bryant Park Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park – under the trees – between the back of the NYPL & 6th Avenue. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas. Rain Venue: Library of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen 20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenue).

Writing for Teens Today : Authors Speak
Wednesday May 25th: 5:30 PM
Join some of today’s hottest YA authors as they discuss writing for teens in today’s market. From developing authentic voices to keeping the reader hooked, from plot twists and turns to keeping the slang right, find out their tips and tricks to staying in style. For ages 12 and up.
Featuring:
Ally Condie – Matched
James Dashner – The Scorch Trials
Ellen Hopkins – Fallout
Maureen Johnson – The Last Little Blue Envelope
Lauren Kate – Torment
Scott Westerfeld – Behemoth
Bring your copy from home or buy a fresh edition on site and collect autographs!
For ages 13 to 18 years
Venue: Mulberry Street Library
Location: 10 Jersey St.

THE CLASS OF 2K11:
Wednesday May 25th 6 pm – 8 pm
JULIA KARR – XVI
BETTINA RESTREPO – Illegal
AMY HOLDER – The Lipstick Laws
ANGIE SMIBERT – Memento Nora
CAROLE ESTBY DAGG – The Year We Were Famous
GAE POLISNER – The Pull Of Gravity
CHRISTINA MANDELSKI – The Sweetest Thing
SHEILA O’CONNOR – Sparrow Road
ALISSA GROSSO – Popular
GEOFF HERBACH – Stupid Fast
CARRIE HARRIS – Bad Taste In Boys
KIKI HAMILTON – The Faerie Ring
TRINITY FAEGAN – The Mephisto Covenant
Books of Wonder: 18 W. 18th St, NYC
More info.

Meet the Author: Christopher Paolini
Book: Inheritance, coming this Fall
Venue: Apple Store, SoHo, 5pm
Location: 103 Prince Street

Meet the Authors: Ally Carter and Melissa De La Cruz
Book: Uncommon Criminals (Carter) and Blue Bloods: Lost in Time (De La Cruz)
Venue: Apple Store, SoHo, 6:30pm
Location: 103 Prince Street, NYC.

7:00 – 8:30 PM Paperback Launch party for Emma Donoghue’s ROOM
Emma Donoghue reads and signs from her acclaimed novel ROOM, just out in paperback. Drinks will be served.
The PowerHouse Arena, 37 Main St, Brooklyn NY

THURSDAY MAY 26:

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Scholastic “This is Teen” Book Signings:
Libba Bray, Meg Cabot, Maggie Stiefvater
May 26, 2011, The Scholastic Store in New York, NY
More info here.

SATURDAY MAY 28:

FANTASTIC FICTION!
DANIEL KIRK – Elf Realm: The Road’s End
BIANCA TURETSKY – The Time-Traveling Fashionista
GAIL CARSON LEVINE – A Tale of Two Castles
MAURISSA GUIBORD – Warped
SARAH REES BRENNAN – The Demon’s Covenant
Books of Wonder: 18 W. 18th St, NYC.

OTHER:

Ultimate BEA Party Guide

Book Expo’s List of Concurrent Events

My Regular NYC Book Signings List

How to Experience BEA Like a Real New Yorker

9 May

View from the UES

I’ve seen at least half a dozen blog posts in the last week about “surviving BEA”. Wearing comfortable shoes, not being afraid to socialize, blogger etiquette, etc. Yet not a single post has mentioned the one thing that can singlehandedly make or break your BEA experience: surviving a week in New York City.

As a first time BEA attendee, and long time NYer, I’m here to help you get to and from the convention center, and have fun in NYC–without getting lost, not knowing what to do, or making an ass out of yourself. ; )

How to Solve The Following Problems:

1. I DON’T KNOW WHERE I’M GOING:
– Buy a small, laminated, foldable map. They are sold everywhere from book stores, to the tourist shops in Times Square. You don’t want to be the geek holding a map the size of a mini cooper, standing on the street corner looking lost.

-Use hopstop.com and Google Maps to plan your route. You can find directions and travel times to anywhere in the city using these sites.

-The cross town bus is your friend. Too tired to walk to Javits from your hotel? Find the cross town bus that runs up and down 34th Street. Many nearby hotels have shuttle buses you can take as well.

– TAXIS: Learn how to hail a cab. Check the lights on the top of the car: If the center light is on, it’s available. If no lights are on, the cab is already occupied. If the outer two lights are on, the driver is off duty.

Times Square

-iPhone Apps: There are dozens of apps that tell you directions, when the next train is coming, how much a cab from point A to point B is, and more. Use them!

-If you plan on riding the subway more than twice a day, but a weekly unlimited metrocard. It’s much cheaper than taking cabs all week!

-Unless you’re in the West Village (which still confuses me after half a decade in the city), it’s not that easy to get lost in NYC. Remember that most of Manhattan is laid out in a grid. With Avenues going north to south. And Streets running east to west.

NYC SKYLINE
Manhattan, Viewed from the Brooklyn Flea.

I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO EAT:
I feel like I could live in NYC the rest of my life and never eat at every restaurant that interests me. There is no excuse for visiting the city and eating at Applebees in Times Square. I guarantee it is more crowded, more expensive and has worse service than the one you eat at in the suburbs.

-Best bets for finding somewhere yummy to eat:
Zagat.com and Menupages both let you search by neighborhood, cuisine, price, and star ratings.
Seamless Web and Grub Hub will tell you what restaurants deliver food to your hotel, hostel, or apt. And let you order online!

-If you’d like to walk around and explore after leaving Javits, your best bet is 8th and 9th avenues. From 14th Street up to nearly 60th Street, both avenues are chock full of amazing restaurants, with all types of cuisine. Selection thins out a bit in the 30’s, but the area is guaranteed to provide you with something delicious.

-A list of my favorite places to eat would be way too long for this post. But for all you night owls, two of my favorite 24hour joints may come in handy. Both Veselka and Yaffa Cafe are delicious, in the East Village (where most of the fun bars are), and open all night.

Blue Velvet Cake
Blue Velvet Cake from Little Cupcake Bake Shop, SoHo.

3. I’M BORED:

-If you want to shop, and cover the most ground in one go, SoHo is your best bet. You can find every kind of store from mall chain shops, to expensive boutiques in SoHo.
PRADA
Prada SoHo Store Window.

-Take the red double-decker bus tour, aka the Gray Line. Maybe this isn’t something every NYer would do, but I did it twice (once before, and once after moving here) and loved it. You will cover more ground, and learn more than you ever could running around the city on your own. You also get a totally unique perspective seeing the city from 15 feet or so above the street.

-There is something to do every night of the week. Want to see live music? Check out the event listings at Oh My Rockness. Want to have free drinks? See My Open Bar. Visiting Brooklyn? TryBrooklyn Based. There are *dozens* of lists of “non-touristy tourist things to do” on Yelp’s NYC forums.

Time Out NY and New York Magazine both have endless lists of events and happenings in NYC, many of them free.

-The Official New York City event guide.

Coney Island 8
Coney Island

-If you want to see a movie production in action, or a celebrity while you visit, your best bet is On Location Vacations. Each day, a list of city-wide filming locations is posted online. Most TV shows are done for the season, many movies, such as Men in Black 3 are currently filming around NYC. I’ve met and photographed the cast of Gossip Girl multiple times via checking OLV.

Gossip Girl 8/3/09: Hillary Duff's first day
Remember when Hilary Duff was on Gossip Girl?!

4. WHAT SHOULD I ABSOLUTELY NOT DO IN NYC:

– Be afraid to ask for help, or directions. Despite what you may have heard, NYers are helpful people. Last year I broke my foot while out and about, and a random stranger carried me to the subway, and went 15minutes in the opposite direction of her destination, helping me get on the train that would take me home. I can’t see anyone in the suburbs doing that.

– Walk slowly on the sidewalk, in a group 4 people deep. Nothing will anger an otherwise nice NYer like slow walking on the sidewalk. If you need to stop, move aside.

-Tell someone your location by saying “I’m on 37th Street”. In New York, we use cross streets. Manhattan is too damn big to say only one street. You are at “37th Street, and 8th Avenue”.

– Be bored. Or stay in your hotel room all night. There are millions of things to do in NYC. It’s like adult Disneyland!

Need more information? See the following for even more helpful hints:

-My list of NYC book signings and author events, featuring off site bookish events during the week of BEA.

Publisher’s Weekly: Where to Eat at BEA.

Presenting Lenore: Prepare for BEA.

The Story Siren: Intro to BEA.

How To Not Act Like a Tourist in New York

Still need help? Feel free to message me via Twitter at @bookshelflust : )

Central Park
Central Park.