Saturday, May 31, 2014

Day Three BookExpo America (BEA): All's Well That Ends Well and a Grumpy Cat Giveaway

I don't think there's anyone better to quote than William Shakespeare as I'm writing about books and all things books. I finished the marathon of books this afternoon and it ended very well. Today was actually quieter in some parts of the Expo and I took advantage of it. This year Saturday featured a day for the public called bookcon, which generally included  more popular culture than books. Thousands of people attended bookcon and the Javits Center was wall to wall people.

This was the scene before one of the panels. Even though some of the sessions looked terrific, once I saw this I knew the lines of bookcon were too long for me. 

I made my way to the other side of the Javits Center and enjoyed a great uncrowded day. I'm not sure the lack of people was especially good for the publishers who rely on BEA to let book sellers know about their new books, but I appreciated the ability to chat with people and see what I might have missed in the last few days. 


I was very excited that one of my favorite mystery authors, Reed Farrel Coleman, would be autographing the latest book in his Moe Prager series, "The Hollow Girl." Moe Prager is a Brooklyn detective who has some of the worst luck ever. Despite it all he keeps on going and solving cases and I keep on rooting for him. I was so pleased to get a photo and I may just have to start reading "The Hollow Girl" tonight. Not that I know any secrets, but the author intimated that this book wouldn't end as sadly as the rest of Moe Prager's adventures. Mystery fans, this is a terrific series. 

I had a long chat with the folks at Abingdon Press, one of my favorite publishers, and got to know some new friends at Pink Pig Press. I will be chatting more about Pink Pig in my Pink Saturday post tomorrow. After a nice lunch of Korean barbecue -- delicious -- I decided to brave the bookcon crowds to try to get my photo of Grumpy Cat, who has a book coming out soon. The line for Grumpy Cat's autograph, aka paw print, stretched for at least a city block. But if I stood sort of at the edge of Grumpy Cat's signing and kept on the alert I could get a picture. It wasn't for the faint of heart, but I had had a decidedly unstressful day and I wanted to see Grumpy Cat.

Characteristically, Grumpy Cat looks grumpy. I know it's not my best photograph, but I am leaning sideways, there are dozens of people walking in front of me and I was thrilled to even get this. 

Thank you all for joining me for my book adventures. I've got some giveaways coming up, but to begin to share my BEA fun I've got some great Grumpy Cat post cards. I will be happy to send two cards each to the first eight people who let me know they are interested. The cards are Grumpy Cat at her best and they are cute! Just leave me a comment and let me know you would like them and how to get in touch with you to get your address.  

Tomorrow I will be sharing my fun in pink BEA experiences for Pink Saturday. I hope you will stop by. 

As always, thanks for visiting and have a great Sunday.

11 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

You did it. You got a photo of Grumpy Cat. How cool. I would love a couple of the cards. I'm a cat person through and through.

Terra said...

Those cards of Grumpy Cat sound cute, we are cat lovers at our house. I trust your reading taste so will check out this mystery author you met who is new to me.

Sola Scriptura said...

I would love a grumpy cat postcard, if you have any left. I'd happily send you a Scotland postcard in exchange :) I can message you my address.

Susie said...

Buttercup, That cat really look grumpy, too funny. It's nice you met an author you truly like. I don't do long lines well either. Blessings for a great Sunday, xoxo,Susie

LuAnn Braley said...

That's exactly what I would have done. Go for the side of the building with fewer people. :O)

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Oh, I would love a Grumpy Cat card! You can email me through my blog. :-) It sounds like you had a great time. And thanks for recommending a new mystery author.

Melinda said...

Congrats on getting through.

Looks like a lot of fun.

M : )

Blackberry Lane said...

How wonderful to have your photo made with the mystery author. Thanks for telling us about his series of books. Grumpy Cat is too funny. Wishing you a nice week.

Nellie said...

Have you any more Grumpy Cat postcards? It would be lovely to have a couple. I still wish I could have been there, too.

pinkevil78 said...

I love Grumpy Cat and would love a post card.

BJ PUP said...

Glad you had good time.