Friday, May 13, 2016

So Many Books, So Little Time, So Much Fun

BookExpoAmerica 2016 is over and my mind is a whirl of books, authors, publishers and the many people I had the good fortune to meet. There will be at least three posts to come, but this post is a (very) quick overview of the last three days.

This is the scene that greeted me at McCormick Place on Wednesday afternoon. I spent the morning on my quest for the best coffee in Chicago. After some confusion with the BookExpo Shuttle -- my confusion, otherwise it was great and so easy -- it was time for BookExpo to begin. I checked off a number of events I wanted to attend and there were authors I hoped to meet. Happily I got to many of these events, but some of my most enjoyable moments were unplanned.

This is a view of the Expo floor. It looks very empty, but that wasn't the reality. There was a lot going on.

This is a more typical scene. There were long lines for book giveaways for popular authors -- I think this is for Jodi Picoult's next book -- which I avoided. Some of the lines started well before the time the book signings started. I had amazing luck with two of my favorite authors and waited no more than five minutes for each. Pictures for those moments will be in a later post.

This may be my favorite picture from the Expo. I got to meet North Pole Ninja, whose book is coming out in the fall. Few words, but so sweet.

I fly back to New York tomorrow afternoon. I've got a coffee tasting in the morning -- and a fabulous looking doughnut to sample, too -- and if the weather stays sunny, a walk to the Art Institute, one of my favorite museums.

So many books, so little time and lots of fun! As ever, thanks for stopping by.


9 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Looks like a lot of fun. Enjoy your Weekend !

Simply Linda said...

Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....look at all those books. You are just too darn cute, Buttercup. SMILES.

Terra Hangen said...

What excitement Buttercup, and I like you sheltering under the ninja ear. If it rained you would not get wet, ha ha. I saw FB photos of you with some wonderful authors.

Janet Miles said...

That looks like so much fun! The quote on the sign in the first picture really has me thinking! "What if the person living your life wasn't you? Wow!

Pondside said...

What a treat that must have been! I would like to just once go to one of the big book events in Chicago or Hamburg or London. Another item for the 'retirement list'!

Susie said...

Buttercup, Once while I was in Chicago with my daughter, we found an antique shop that had many books. It was all we could do to not spend the night in that shop. You look so sweet in your picture. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Mimi said...

Oh...so many books indeed. How fun that would be.

Wandering Wren said...

What a thrill - I would really enjoy attending such an event :) Looking forward to the future posts, just look at you and your Ninja mate - he/she looks adorable!
Enjoy your coffee!
Wren x

TARYTERRE said...

That Expo looks so BIG. Lots of walking I'm sure. Sounds like you had fun seeing who you wanted to see. Chicago is a great place.