Thursday, May 31, 2018

Books, Books and Blissfully, More Books

Finally, one of my favorite events of the year, BookExpo 2018, has arrived.
I've survived the first day -- and what a day. The day's events run from 9:30 am to 6:00 and it's a full day. I paced myself this year and didn't try to see every book signing and every panel, though it was tempting. When I arrived this morning the floor of the Javits Center seemed more hectic than I remembered and my thought was that I had no way to make my way through the crowd. But I decided to focus on the first panel of the day -- a discussion of six books scheduled to be published this fall -- and ignore the long lines for book signings and swirls of people. Once again it was a successful strategy for enjoying this event. I got my own rhythm and had great book discussions throughout the day.  
One of my favorite parts of BookExpo is meeting authors. One of the high points of today was meeting Christina Baker Kline.  She was signing copies of her latest novel, A Piece of the World, which is inspired by Andrew Wyeth's relationship with Christina Olson, the subject of his painting, Christina's World. It's a favorite painting and I am very excited to start reading. Christina Baker Kline is as nice as she is talented. I've been a reader of hers for quite awhile. If you haven't had the opportunity to read this latest book, you may know her work from reading Orphan Train. 
Going from the sublime to the less sublime, I met a favorite character from books, the very delightful Wimpy Kid.
Moving now to not sublime at all, but lots of fun, it's the Queen and two of the most beautiful corgis imaginable. They were at the Scholastic booth promoting the latest Mac Undercover book.
I've circled any number of things I want to do tomorrow, but it's also nice to know that I can be open to whatever seems engaging. There will be pictures of tomorrow's activities, but they may not appear until Saturday. I walked 7 miles today and though I'm not feeling it too badly tonight, even another five miles tomorrow may be too much activity to do more than come home, eat dinner and enjoy one of my new books -- until I fall asleep reading.
As ever, thanks for visiting. Take care and have a fabulous Friday. 


Angela said...

The book expo sounds like a lot of fun!


thats alot of walking. but the books are worth it.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How amazing! That would be dream come true to be there for a book expo! Pace yourself! And have fun! Hugs!

Mevely317 said...

You've never steered me wrong, Carol ... 'A Piece of the World' is already on my 'want to read' list at Goodreads. Have fun!

Paula Kaye said...

What fun! I have Orphan Train on my TBR list!

Melinda said...

You always have a fun time!


M : )

Deanna Rabe said...

Book Expo sounds like fun! So many books, so little time!

Susie said...

Carol, I love that you enjoy the book fairs and get to meet the authors. Wow, I wish I had your good feet...that's a lot of miles. You look very healthy too. Blessings to you dear friend, xoxo, Susie

Mimi said...

I read A Piece of the World a couple of months ago. That painting hung in our local museum for a long time when we had a large permanent Wyeth collection. People forgot to add the "on loan" part of the "permanent" title. We found out that it was permanent...until it wasn't. But I got to see that painting many times before the collection was sold.

Your day sounds wonderful. Surrounded by all those books and authors. Thanks for sharing a little of it with us.