It’s that most magical time of year again for book bloggers—BookExpo America starts today. After an absence of 3 years I’m heading back to BEA this year—mostly because they’re having it in Chicago which is a bit easier to get to from Seattle. Yes, the thought of being surrounded by authors, books, and publicists is exciting enough, but this year is even better. Why? Because the books are the least exciting part this go-round. With a move to the Midwest BEA is a lot more accessible for those of us who don’t live on the East Coast or in NYC so by the time you read this I’ll be meeting a whole slew of amazing women I’ve known online for the last two or three years! It will not only be two days of books, but two days of books, chatter, laughter, food, fun and cocktails. Can you say ‘freaked out, jittery kitten excited’? Because I AM!!!
I’m sure I’ll forget some names but here are just some of the talented women I’ll be seeing the next two days: Shannon at River City Reading, Kerry at Entomology of a Bookworm, Marisa at The Daily Dosage, April at The Steadfast Reader, Shaina at Shaina Reads, Katie at Words for Worms, Gayle at Everyday I Write the Book, and Ann at Books on the Table. Stop by their blogs, they all love books as much as I do.
While I’m roaming in a bookish posse, here are the upcoming releases I’d most like to find at the show. In some cases, not only will there be advance copies available, but the authors are also there to sign so I can go fangirl on my favorites (I’m looking at you Jessie Burton and Ann Patchett).
Sergio Y by Alexandre Vidal Porto (May)
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (September): I loved his last novel, Rules of Civility
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett (September): she’s written so many beautiful things that I’m always interested to see what’s next.
Faithful by Alice Hoffman (November): I don’t know how she can write so beautifully and so quickly, but she does. Her books are almost always favorites with me, especially The Dovekeepers, one of my top picks for 2012