BEA 2014 Day 1 Recap

Posted June 5, 2014 by Lisa Mandina in / 4 Comments

So, it is exactly 1 week after the first day of BEA.  I guess that is a fitting day to do a recap.  I thought I was planned and remembered things from when I attended 2 years ago.  But let’s just say that my first day didn’t go as well as I’d hoped.  I definitely made a much better plan that night before the 2nd day, which then went much more successfully.  But anyway, day 1 was still a pretty good day.  My first stop of the day was that I wanted to get in line for Neil Patrick Harris.  I missed out on a couple books because of that, but I decided it was totally worth it.  Of course one of the best things about BEA is the great people that you meet in line.  I met some great people that I was able to see in line again later on throughout the convention.

No posed pictures were allowed.  Do you love my stupid smile here?  We didn’t get a whole book, just a sampler of his new autobiography book:  Choose Your Own Autobiography.  
Next was Caragh O’Brien for The Vault of Dreamers.  I haven’t read any of her other books, but this one does sound really good as well, so grabbed it as soon as I got out of Neil Patrick Harris’s line.
Next was Jeff Hart, the author of the Eat, Brains, Love series.  I haven’t read yet, but really want to.  And now that I have the copy of the 2nd one, Undead with Benefits, I’ll have to get a hold of the first book!  Probably reserve it at the library.
Again, if you’ve followed me for awhile, you know that I read a lot of stuff about the Holocaust, so I had to line up to meet Eva Wiseman and get a copy of The World Outside.
One book I’d been seeing a lot about was The Swap by Megan Shull, so I was pleasantly surprised when her line wasn’t as big as I’d feared, and I was able to get a copy of the ARC.
A really big name author who didn’t seem to have as big of a line as I’d have imagined, was Jeffrey Deaver.  I’ve read one or two of his books, including The Bone Collector, so when I saw the line was short, I got in line for a copy of The Skin Collector.

Another book I’ve been seeing around the blogosphere that sounds good is The Black Butterfly by Shirley Reva Vernick.  So I was happy to be able to get an ARC of that as well.
Another Holocaust book that was available was 50 Children:  One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany by Steven Pressman.  As you can tell by the title, a true story this time.
I was super excited to hear that Billy Idol was going to be at BEA this year.  But when I saw how huge his line was, I decided to skip it, as I had already missed some books I’d really wanted, and I just kind of wanted to see a music icon from my high school years.  But I heard that he didn’t even talk to anyone, didn’t even hand the books to the readers, and you couldn’t take pictures, so I snapped this picture while hurrying past, hearing the bodyguards there threaten people who were stopping to do the same.
About the same time I walked close by the signing for Jane Lynch.  I hadn’t found out she was there till the last minute, and so she wasn’t on my big schedule.  Again, I probably would have missed out on some other books I wanted if I had waited in her line.  Here’s a shot of her from afar.
However, I was totally all about standing in line to meet BJ Novak.  Again I probably missed some titles I wanted, but I was able to get a pretty good spot in line to see him, and he was sooooooo nice, that I’m very glad I waited to get a copy of his book, The Book with no Pictures.  I couldn’t get anyone’s attention to take the picture of me with him, so I did my lame attempt at a selfie, and he was really nice about it!
Next I had seen someone in line with an ARC that I had really, really, REALLY wanted, Mortal Heart, by Robin LaFevers.  So I went to the booth where the person told me they were, and I didn’t see any out.  I asked one of the people standing in the booth, and he was very nice, and said he might just have one for me.  I have to say this year the people in the booths were all very nice!  He grabbed a copy from their little back closet, and I had to take a picture of it on top of my bag of books.
Next was another author that I was a little surprised to see such a small line for, Douglas Preston.  I was able to get a signed hardcover copy of his book, The Kraken Project, which is 4th in a series that I’ve only read the first one, so guess I have some catching up to do!
And yes, I know the whole huge controversy with James Frey.  But he is famous, so I did want to meet him.  And the new book does sound interesting, Endgame:  The Calling, and I did want to meet the other author on it, Nils Johnson-Shelton.  
Another book that’s been popping up around other blogs is Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle.  Unfortunately the author had hurt her shoulder, and so was unable to sign the books. But she had a stamp, and I also got my picture with her.
A huge author I was thrilled to stand in line and meet was Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked.  And I was able to get an ARC of his new title, Egg and Spoon
Those were my big meets of the day.  Here is a picture of all the books I got that day.
I did meet Matthew Van Fleet, to get a copy of the book Heads for my niece.  Not sure why I didn’t take a picture with him though.  I believe the last book I actually picked up for the day was Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes.  Sounded good, but I didn’t get a picture with this author either.  I picked up a book about Leningrad for my school, as well as a book about the history of Rock’N’Roll for my stepdad.  I got a new release of the first Walking Dead comic, and another picture book about a mouse and Charles Lindbergh.  I also grabbed a couple ARCs when I first walked in that sounded good, but I can’t tell their titles from this picture very well.  So I’ll share them when the box I mailed home arrives.
I thought I’d be okay the first day without bringing a rolling suitcase with me, and so I carried all the heavy books around all day.  My feet hurt, and my shoulders and back also were killing me.  I ended up cheating a bit and taking the hotel shuttle to Grand Central Station, where I only had to take one train back to my sister’s apartment.  
Stay tuned for my update on the 2nd  day of BEA coming tomorrow!

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4 responses to “BEA 2014 Day 1 Recap

  1. Oh wow you got to meet NPH! I figured the line would be infinite and opted out but I would have LOVED to see him! I also missed out on the Vault of Dreamers which I am still kicking myself about *kick* And COOL you saw Jane Lynch too! Wow! Ah! You got lots of fantastic books too!! Congrats and I hope you love every single one of them ^^

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    • His line was pretty long, but that is the first place I went as soon as I got in on Thursday. I just knew I wanted to meet him, and had no idea when I'd have another chance. Well, I saw Jane Lynch from the aisle as I walked by, didn't get to meet her. I'm a bit embarrassed to say I kind of forgot she was there until I saw her!

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