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What Was Your Highlight of BEA 2010?

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By Edward Nawotka

For some it was the chance to see celebrities such as Barbara Streisand, Rick Springfield or scandal tinged Sarah Ferguson, while for some it was grabbing an advance copy of Steve Martin’s Late for School, Emma Donoghue’s Room or Nicole Krauss’ Great Room. Others enjoyed the panels, while others were there to party. What was your highlight of BEA 2010?

Tell us in the comments.

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  1. erincox
    Posted May 28, 2010 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    Highlights: Energy of new ideas at panels and in conversations with friends. Hearing the response to the print edition of Publishing Perspectives/Kirkus Edition. Seeing all of my friends and colleagues in one place.

    Lowlights: Missing the friends who have been at the fair in the past who have been laid off or are struggling with new ventures. Not having the energy to do all the things I wanted to do.

  2. Posted May 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Edward! I’ll follow Erin’s lead and share a few highs and lows.

    Highlights: As a BEA newbie, I loved peeking behind the curtain and meeting so many of the publishers + booksellers I’ve admired for years. Spontaneous “line-up” conversations with three different people from @simonschuster. Got a hug from Jim Barnes at the @AxiomAwards!

    Matchmaking Authors and Book Lovers: I tip my hat to Dave Holton for his role in making the Author’s Autograph area SING! Fantastic to see all the book lovers queuing up to get books signed. It was all so impressive and a bit daunting… I was scheduled to sign my books from 3pm-4pm on closing day, the 27th. Would anyone be there? Would the sizzle have fizzled? Fortunately I had a steady line of people (many of them librarians) and went 15 minutes overtime. Yeah!

    Lowlights: 1. Blisters from wearing “pretty” shoes. 2. Hard to catch a cab in NYC in rush hour. Next year: Only wear my walking shoes. 3. No time for a Broadway play.

    Overall BEA rating: Excellent!

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