book expo america

Okay, I was planning to do a journal entry with both BEA and NYC Teen Author Carnival highlights, but I have way too much for Show and Tell. So I’m sharing all of my BEA stuff today and I’ll do the Carnival journal entry next time.

BEA was freaking awesome! Before heading over, I had lunch with a mystery guest:

Susane Colasanti and Sarah Dessen at Empire Diner

Oh, you thought that shadow effect was a mistake? Heck no, it was intentional. I like to build up suspense. My mystery guest will be revealed later. Do you want a hint? I’ll give you three: We are both diner people, we both love The Office, and we’re both Penguin authors. Hmmm…

Here’s someone you definitely know:

Susane Colasanti and Meg Cabot

It was my first time seeing Meg Cabot! Her signing line for the latest Allie Finkle galleys was crazylong. We did not care. It’s so exciting when you see someone you feel like you already know from online and then there they are, all live and in person. I always get overwhelmed. Especially since Meg is the queen of this scene, what with her zillion books and super fun blog, which I always love reading. Awesomeness ensued.

Balloon animals at BEA

This girl had a balloon animal hat, so of course I was like, “Where’d you get that?” I love balloon animals! Or any balloons, really. Can you imagine how thrilled I was that the Guinness Book World Record holder for Fastest Balloon Dog was there? No, you cannot. He is John Cassidy. He was making balloon animals (above, he is making a tree for a monkey). He went, “I’ll make you anything you want.” I was freaking out, all like, “Anything? Anything?!” The options were infinite! I didn’t know what to pick. I went with two penguins. Then I brought them over to the Penguin booth to share the love. John also gave me a huge giraffe because I love giraffes.

I knew exactly who would appreciate the giraffe as much as I do:

Susane Colasanti and Jon Scieszka

Ambassador Jon Scieszka! Jon was signing posters for his new book, Robot Zot. I’m so proud of Jon for writing such magnificent children’s books and inspiring more boys to read with his Guys Read initiative. There he goes, making the world a better place. Rock on, Jon.

So did you guess who my mystery guest was?

Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti

Yes, that’s totally Sarah Dessen! You should know that Sarah is every bit as sweet as you think she is. That’s why her books all have such a beautiful, timeless quality. You might have seen a pic of Sarah’s new touring shoes on her blog. They are some serious pink, glossy wedges. I’m five-eight and she was about my height in them. It takes big talent to rock shoes like that (I’d fall flat on my face in them), so I give her props. And more props for the paperback edition of Lock and Key being her first number-one New York Times bestseller! She is pure inspiration. Here’s to the magic of possibility.

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40 thoughts on “book expo america

  1. I knew it was Sarah Dessen ^^ I’m so glad you had fun a BEA and NYC. The pictures make me feel so excited! I can imagine how great it is to be there.

  2. I knew it was Sarah Dessen ^^ I’m so glad you had fun a BEA and NYC. The pictures make me feel so excited! I can imagine how great it is to be there.

  3. bea
    Hello, my dear!
    Yeah, your bloggin with a bunch of rockin’ YA readers. We all know Sarah just as we all would know you. 🙂
    So glad you had a blast at BEA. I wasn’t there long enough to see Meg Cabot but I totally enjoyed the rush i got from walking all over the place. I chilled with my agent at the Random House booth and totally hooked up with the publicist at Abrams so I plan on reviewing a bunch of their books.
    Anywho. Hope to see you soon! I had a blast at TAC with you. Remember, Waiting for you is now smack dab on the Canada/US border in the Niagra Falls because of me. 🙂
    Talk to you soon!
    <3Nisha
    http://www.nisha-sharma.com/blog

    • Re: bea
      Oh, I’ll never forget about Niagra Falls! I love that story, although I’m sorry the wind swept your book away. You should totally enter my Floor Display Contest to win another copy.
      I’ll be posting my TAC highlights on Monday. Bumming that we didn’t get a pic together. I could not be more impressed with you guys. You freaking rock.

      • Re: bea
        mhm. i really should enter the floor display contest anyway. 🙂
        Don’t worry about the pic. We’ll get one soon!
        Thanks, you rock too. 🙂
        <3Nisha

      • Re: bea
        mhm. i really should enter the floor display contest anyway. 🙂
        Don’t worry about the pic. We’ll get one soon!
        Thanks, you rock too. 🙂
        <3Nisha

    • Re: bea
      Oh, I’ll never forget about Niagra Falls! I love that story, although I’m sorry the wind swept your book away. You should totally enter my Floor Display Contest to win another copy.
      I’ll be posting my TAC highlights on Monday. Bumming that we didn’t get a pic together. I could not be more impressed with you guys. You freaking rock.

  4. bea
    Hello, my dear!
    Yeah, your bloggin with a bunch of rockin’ YA readers. We all know Sarah just as we all would know you. 🙂
    So glad you had a blast at BEA. I wasn’t there long enough to see Meg Cabot but I totally enjoyed the rush i got from walking all over the place. I chilled with my agent at the Random House booth and totally hooked up with the publicist at Abrams so I plan on reviewing a bunch of their books.
    Anywho. Hope to see you soon! I had a blast at TAC with you. Remember, Waiting for you is now smack dab on the Canada/US border in the Niagra Falls because of me. 🙂
    Talk to you soon!
    <3Nisha
    http://www.nisha-sharma.com/blog

    • Oh, I was totally freaking out when I saw John. He probably thought I was some crazy stalker. But then he taught me how to make a balloon dog and I get to be on the Guinness World Records website! I’ll link to that when it’s up.

    • Oh, I was totally freaking out when I saw John. He probably thought I was some crazy stalker. But then he taught me how to make a balloon dog and I get to be on the Guinness World Records website! I’ll link to that when it’s up.

  5. Such a bummer that our paths did not cross but it looks like you had as a great a time at BEA as I did! I’ll be down there soon. Get ready for The Strand!!!

  6. Such a bummer that our paths did not cross but it looks like you had as a great a time at BEA as I did! I’ll be down there soon. Get ready for The Strand!!!

  7. lol totally knew it was Sarah :-p Which may or may not be creeper like depending on how you look at it… I am so jealous of your BEAing! I soo wanted to go. Did you get to meet Laurie Faria Stolarz? Her touch series is freaking amazing. Also very jealous of your meeting Meg and Sarah! This sounds like one very great day. Congrats!

  8. lol totally knew it was Sarah :-p Which may or may not be creeper like depending on how you look at it… I am so jealous of your BEAing! I soo wanted to go. Did you get to meet Laurie Faria Stolarz? Her touch series is freaking amazing. Also very jealous of your meeting Meg and Sarah! This sounds like one very great day. Congrats!

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