Monday, May 30, 2011

BEA/NYC: Day 1

Last year I did a day by day post of my week in NYC for BEA and it turned out to be a lot of fun. It also helps to organize all the things I did to share them with you all.
I don't want to miss anything!

BEA officially started on Monday of last week but in an effort to save money I chose to fly in on Tuesday. I arrived in the city around 12:30.
I mastered the Air Tran and the subway to find my way to my hotel for only $8. Now that beats a $50, nausea inducing, 50 minute cab ride!

My roomie, Stacy from A Novel Source, was to be arriving around that time so I camped in the lobby and prepared for my time in the big city! I had been up since 3:45 am and after traveling all morning, I was pretty pooped.

After furious texting back and forth, poor Stacy urged me to just head over to the Javits Center. She, unfortunately, was on a 2 1/12 hour shuttle ride from hell.

I was determined to get a peak at Ice-T and Coco. I knew I wasn't going to meet them or get their book since I wasn't able to get a ticket.
Ice-T and Coco

Oh well, a picture will do. This is how close I could get.

I got my bearings and checked out what else was going on. Lines were long at the Autograph area and I didn't have a ton of energy to start walking the floor. Soon enough Stacy texted me that she had arrived and we finally met face to face!

The rest of the afternoon was spent slowly walking around gathering up a few books. Pictures to come when I get my boxes. I had plans to meet my pal Christine from The Happily Ever After for dinner. She met me at Javits and we headed back to the hotel so I could freshen up.

Christine and Michelle

I had been invited to a cocktail party from Simon and Schuster to celebrate the release of one of their children's books. I was so pooped that we opted to go for dinner first. We had a blast! We talked and talked and because I was so tired and dehydrated,
one martini kept me feeling just fine.

Christine and I popped over to the event and circled the floor but honestly I was really zonked. I needed my rest for my big day tomorrow.

We headed back to the hotel around 8:00 and after some settling in, fell asleep.

More to come.

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by.

red headed book child


Mystica said...

I like the bit about "boxes of books"!!!

Tales of Whimsy said...

What fun. Thanks for the pictures :)

Misha said...

Thanks for sharings! I was not able to attend, but I love reading about others'experiences at the BEA.
I will be looking forward to more.

Christine said...

It was so great seeing you again, Michelle! I'd be happy if this turns out to be an annual get together of ours! : )

Can't wait to hear more about your BEA adventures!