Nicole and I take BEA very seriously so even with a relatively light Saturday schedule, we were at the Javits bright and early for the 9am opening.
Since we had some time to kill before being able to go on the show floor, I took some pictures of the main floor.
What these photos do not convey is how insanely crowded the Javits was on Saturday. The last day of BEA included BookCon–a component of BEA open to the public. (Last year this was known as Super Reader Day instead.) I love the idea of BookCon and I think it’s great to have the event open to the public. That said, BookCon was terribly mismanaged. During the day a volunteer told me that there were 6000 more registrants for BookCon compared to last year but also fewer volunteers.
To make matters worse, BookCon attendees were only allowed on part of the show floor (autographing and approximately a quarter of the exhibit floor) which created a terrible bottleneck. Although I heard a lot of complaining and horror stories, I didn’t have any bad experiences on Saturday except that it was painfully crowded in some areas (though very quiet in the non-BookCon areas).
After navigating the crowds, Nicole and I were once again heading onto the exhibit floor.
After passing the Penguin Book Truck it was time to hit the ground running.
On our way to HarperCollins we also saw a giant robot. So, basically another typical day at BEA.
Our first task of the day was milling around Harper waiting for Anatomy of a Misfit, Tape and Falling Into Place to drop. You might remember that Nicole and I were thwarted three times trying to get these books so it was very important both in terms of pride and because we wanted the books badly. Happily, that did work out.
After that it was time to brave the autographing area which was insane.
At this point we were able to see Daisy Whitney who was signing The Fire Artist.
After that we headed right over to Corey Ann Haydu’s line which was already quite long. Getting to her line also involved avoiding a giant mob that was trying to line up for Libba Bray’s signing.
But we made it.
After that it was another line hop to see Skylar Dorset signing The Girl Who Never Was.
Skylar Dorset’s signing marked the home stretch of our time in autographing. Which was just as well because we were getting frazzled.
Then it was a short wait for Claire Pernice signing her picture book Circus Girl.
I’ve already read this picture book and it was really quite fun.
After that Nicole and I elbowed our way out of the madness to the BEA area. We were both pretty much used up at this point so we decided to call it a day and bid farewell to the Javits for another year.
And that, dear readers, is how I spent Book Expo 2014.
Before I leave you let me also give a shout-out to all of the bloggers I met in lines or even in passing: Andi at Andi’s ABCs, Gail at Ticket to Anywhere, Katelyn from Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands, Rebecca from Book Bit Reviews, Lucy from Moonlight Gleam Reviews, Karen from For What It’s Worth Reviews, Pam from Midnyte Reader, Kate from KateTilton.com, Kate from Midnight Book Girl.