I’ve now been home for over a week, but still have yet to post about the adventures of my last two days! I think I was postponing it because I was in denial about the bookishness being over.
On Friday, it was just me, Steph, Lindsey, and Linda, since Katie had left us for her return to Canadaland. The four of us made a big stink the night before that we would not be setting any alarms. We would sleep in and it would be GLORIOUS.
We slept ’til 8.
But then we were off to the post office, where Lindsey had to do battle with Customs in order to get her books to the great white north (also known as Canada). We made quite the spectacle of ourselves dragging our suitcases FULL OF BOOKS inside and setting up camp by a post station as we loaded boxes with books. The entire process of packing and shipping took around 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours.
But, after relieving ourselves of our luggage, we were off again, to EXPLORE and eat! We enjoyed lunch at Juniors,
took touristy photos around Rockefeller Center,
and saw many interesting art things at the Museum of Modern Art ranging from ULTRA MODERN
to more traditional.
Unfortunately, we had dinner reservations for 8, so that was pretty much the extent of the tourism. We got dressed up for a fancy dinner at Scarpetta (YUM) and let Linda talk us into leaving the apartment for drinks. Lindsey, Steph, and I were all for staying in and reading with a nice homemade cocktail in our fancy dresses, but Linda swayed us when she showed us a bar that reminded us a little of Hogwarts. We later realized it was where a scene from the Gossip Girl pilot was filmed!
Then after Linda sang us all to sleep with “What Makes You Beautiful,” we woke up the next day for our brief foray into a New York Saturday.
All of my books wouldn’t fit in my suitcase the day before so it was off to the post office once more for me with my last box. When I returned, mad apartment cleaning ensued and we made sure our bags were packed. Linda set off for Top of the Rock and Steph, Lindsey and I were off to Books of Wonder for the Lauren Oliver and Friends Event, where we met Alexa of Alexa Loves Books!
The authors present were Lauren Oliver (Pandemonium), Elizabeth Miles (Fury), Jess Rothenberg (The Catastrophic History of You and Me), Rebecca Serle (When You Were Mine), Courtney Sheinmel (All the Things You Are), Kate Ellison (The Butterfly Clues), Lauren Morrill (Meant To Be), and Lenore Appelhans (Level 2). Facilitated by the owner of Books of Wonder, the panel answered questions from the audience such as:
Q: What one thing would you want to have out of your novel?
A: Can I have the love interest?
Q: How do you feel as writers about the proposed “rating” of YA books?
(I asked this one)
A: Not. Good.
Q: What’s your favorite part of writing?
A: A first draft vomit
…they all varied a bit on that one. Everyone’s different!
There were, of course, more questions. I obviously paraphrased and I can’t remember which author responded to what question unfortunately. But my favorite moment was probably when one of the authors was talking about how she’s a fan of other authors, but now she knows them. I had this flash of excited confidence and I turned to Lindsey (who is also a writer) and told her “that’s going to be us someday.”
After the panel, raffle tickets were distributed for attendance, questions asked, and books purchased. I bought The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg because I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it. I got it signed by her and blurted out that I want to be an author (I think this flowed in the conversation… I hope) so she wrote “Keep writing” in my book and told me to e-mail her when I finished reading, which I thought was so sweet. I saw Beth from Paper Lantern Lit again and she introduced me to Angela as well.
I also introduced myself to Lenore Appelhans because we were in the same Change Write Now group and it was nice to meet her face to face! She gave me a piece of delicious German chocolate and signed a Level 2 postcard for me with the tagline “Run for your afterlife!”
A raffle was then held for some really coveted ARCs… most of which I had nabbed at BEA already, BUT some lucky people won ARCs of Meant to Be and Level 2 which are so hard to get that their authors described them as “Unicorns.”
After that, we headed back to the apartment to get our luggage and change for our flights home. We hugged good-bye, I hailed a cab for me and Lindsey LIKE A BOSS and we said good-bye at the terminal. I then settled in to wait for my flight with an excellent book.
All in all, that week in New York was one of the best experiences of my life. To say that I can’t wait until next year would be an understatement.
See you next year, y’all!