I started writing this post as the train was pulling out of Pennsylvania Station (NY) on Saturday. My note then was that I was “hoping my internet connection lasts long enough to hit publish.” It didn’t, and I took that as a sign to stay disconnected this weekend and enjoy time exploring Washington, DC with Bill and Catherine.
Odds are pretty good that you have already heard great things about BookExpo America and the Book Blogger Convention. I will start collecting some of those links and add my 2 cents in a bit. It was an amazing week and I’ll have lots of thank yous and discoveries that will likely turn into a series of posts. For now, though, here are some of my fairy tale moments …
- Mitali Perkins deserves a star on any walk of fame you want to create. OMG – I had goose bumps for every part of her presentation (not just a speech, but a wonderful, poignant slide show, too!!). Life moves in circles, books are both windows and mirrors – I’m looking at life with new clarity. Wow! Thank you, Mitali.
- Natasha of Maw Books, Trish of Hey Lady Whatcha Readin’, Michelle of Galleysmith, Nicole of Linus’s Blanket – is a band of rock stars. They treated a group of BEA-weary travelers to an unbelievable day of education and fellowship. I could not believe it was already 5 o’clock … I could have “jammed” for a few more hours. BEA could take a page out of their book for what breakfast is! Ladies, you are amazing. I’m already looking forward to next year!
- I am always humbled in the presence of the incomparable Elizabeth Bird (Fuse #8 Production) and Pam Coughlan (MotherReader). As individuals and as a team they are so effusive, generous with ideas, and H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!
- Standing in the bathroom line with Bernadette Peters … she had on platforms and I was STILL taller. That doesn’t happen to this 5’4” chica very often.
I will do proper glad-to-meet-you-I’m-excited-to-follow-your-blog posts shortly, I just didn’t want to risk not giving shout outs to this incredible bunch of people. Y’all made this an incredible week. Drat! The clock is striking midnight … I’m off before the horses turn back into mice!
PS – Carol Rasco – Sorry to hear that Mother Nature was playing the Evil Stepmother! I hope you are feeling better … one of these days we WILL get to meet in person.