Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Armchair BEA and a few author event pictures


BookExpo America begins today and runs through Thursday. So what exactly is BEA? Well technically I'm not the person to ask because I've never attended this fair, but apparently it is the largest publishing event in North America. Anybody who is anybody in the publishing world is in NYC this week -- that means publishers, authors, librarians, booksellers, bloggers. Basically anyone who lives and breathes books. Then there are those of us that love books but for various reasons are not attending. The Armchair BEA is for us. Several book bloggers are participating so be sure to check out all the related posts this week.

Part of the fun of attending BEA is visiting publishers' booths, learning about upcoming titles and waiting in line for free galleys and authors' signatures. I'm not much for lines, so I'm really not that all sad to miss the crowds. However, if you've never been to an author signing, I do highly recommend the experience. Be sure to bring along your kids if a children's author visits your area. It really is exciting and interesting to meet the creator of a book!

So far this year, we have attended two author signings: Kevin Henkes and Sharon Lovejoy. I apologize for the first photo. I forgot my camera when we went to see Kevin Henkes so we snapped a quick shot with my husband's BlackBerry. Unfortunately I'm not able to download it to my computer so I had to take a picture of the picture and the result is really blurry! My daughter loved listening to Kevin Henkes discuss his newest book My Garden and also loved watching him draw the Kitten and Lilly, but she was too shy to talk to him when he signed her books.


At the Kevin Henkes book signing for My Garden.



Posing with Sharon Lovejoy, author of Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars.


We met Sharon Lovejoy at the Way to Grow Lands' End event in Madison earlier this month. She gave my daughter a worm. That's even more exciting than a signature!

12 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

You all in Wisconsin are so lucky to have Kevin Henkes as a resource! I remember when I was there he was always participating and being a big part of the community.

Katy said...

How fun! :) I have yet to actually go to an author signing, but it's something I look forward to doing someday!

Florinda said...

I've enjoyed the (few) signings I've been to, and hope to go to more of them!

Emily said...

How fun! I love that she gave your daughter a worm, lol! Kids don't care much for autographs, do they?

Gwen said...

I wish that we had more signing events here! They look like such a thrill.

Aths said...

That sounded like a real fun event! I have never been to a signing, but I wish I have.

Mrs. Vincent said...

I love Kevin Henkes' artwork! I just read Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly with my 2nd grader and we loved it. The story is great and the illustrations just make the book (as far as I'm concerned!). I think it's so cool to take kids to author signings! Love it!

Tif said...

I would love to take my oldest to an author signing!! This could be such a fun experience, especially if he were to get a worm!! :)

Valerie said...

I'd have been very excited if I ever had the chance to attend a Kevin Henkes signing! Your daughter is lucky :-)

The1stdaughter said...

Now I am so sad I didn't take my Turkeybird to the Mo Willems signing a couple of months ago! Your daughter is so cute and how fun to take her to meet all the authors of her books! What a fantastic idea and I'm sure the authors just adore it! Thanks for sharing!