Book Expo America is an exciting and exhausting experience. It’s an event where professional development and fandom intersect. You get a chance to learn about upcoming titles for your collection, hear creators talk about their craft, network with other professionals, and tell your favorite authors how much you love their books.
I began my whirlwind Wednesday at BEA at the Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, where authors Walter Dean Myers, Chris Colfer, John Green, Lois Lowry, and Kadir Nelson gave insight into the process of authorship and spoke about why books and reading are so important to the human experience. It was a big room with a full audience, and I think every one of us felt like the authors were speaking to us each personally. I won’t dwell too much on the breakfast as its funny and moving details were already covered by Jessica Miller in her earlier post, but it kicked off the day with a sense of community. The people who attend BEA are book people, a familiar and welcoming tribe.
Afterwards I went to wait in line for John Green, who was signing copies of The Fault in Our Stars in the autographing area. I am intimidated by my admiration for John Green–I have possibly read Paper Towns upwards of five times–but even when you’re in the grips of fandom, authors are kind. I got to thank him for the work that he does, and, seeing that I was a librarian, he thanked me for the work that I do.
The next author I sought out was Jonathan Maberry, whose series about zombie apocalypse survivor Benny Imura is a favorite among my library’s teens. Continue reading Highlights from the BEA Exhibit Floor