What a BookExpo/BookCon! I fangirled hard as I wandered the Javits Center on May 31 and June 1. My Queens Library girl gang and I squealed over Jen Calonita as she signed her new Royal Academy book, Rebels, and we all name-dropped our friend’s name as Fangirl Extraordinaire (a title I do not lightly bestow) Sam Maggs signed our spanking new advanced reader copies of Girl Squads.
Sam Maggs and me, barely holding onto my chill.
All semblance of cool was lost as I saw that Kwame Alexander was about to sign a sampler for his new book, Swing; I’ve adored him since I first read The Crossover and was blown away by his storytelling and what he had to say. There was no chill, my friends. I was relieved that publisher reps were writing our names down on Post-Its for him to personalize, because I was not holding onto the power of speech well at all. I may have blurted out a few “your books are amazing”-type words, or maybe I just stood there and gave him Puss ‘N Boots eyes, but somehow, I came away with his autograph and a semblance of a clue that I met him and didn’t cry. So Mr. Alexander, if you’re reading this or someone tells you they read this, I’m sorry; you’re a literary rock star and I was completely in awe of you. And thank you for the autograph!
My photo of Kwame Alexander didn’t do him justice, with my shaky-hand photo taken while he was in the middle of a conversation, so here’s his poster, featuring the smile that made me lose the power of speech.
I told my friend Malia that I’m never going to a book conference without her, because she is the goddess of author spotting and knowing where the signings are happening. We’d be engaged in a conversation when all of a sudden, she’d stop, and I’d recognize the look (she’s much taller than I am, so she sees more). “WHO?” She casually pointed out Ransom Riggs walking by (so very tall), and had a Marie Lu spotting that led us to Penguin pavilion to see if we could get a copy of Wild Card, her Warcross sequel (they were out). I stood on line with her to meet Laurie Forest and Julie Kagawa, and get signed ARCs for The Iron Flower, Forest’s sequel to The Black Witch, and Julie Kagawa’s Shadow of the Fox.
Katie Cook! I love Katie Cook’s artwork! Turns out she had a signing for her book, Drawing Cute with Katie Cook. She even drew each of us (author spotter Malia and I) a Radish, from her Nothing Special webcomic. Squee!
I saved my personal favorite for last. Pink is for Boys author Robb Pearlman was doing two signings: one for Pink is for Boys, and another, for his Star Trek book, Search for Spock. Robb signed a copy of Pink is for Boys for my kiddo, and posed for pictures with me and his marvelous hubby.
More round-ups to come as I dig through my boxes o’books.