My weird and wonderful time at BEA in Chicago

Book Expo America is the annual convention for publishers, agents and booksellers. It's usually in NYC, but this year — May 11-13, 2016 — it was at the McCormick Convention Center in Chicago, which shrank attendance noticeably. @washingtonpost
  1. Colson Whitehead asked me to stand behind him so he would seem more cool.
    His "Underground Railroad" — the most talked about novel at BEA — is coming from Doubleday Sept. 13
  2. Pretty much fell in love with Amor Towles.
    His charming new novel, "A Gentleman in Moscow," will be published by Viking Sept. 6.
  3. Was interviewed by C-SPAN BookTV without my glasses.
    They said the lens were turning too dark under the lights so I had to just stare in the general direction of the interviewer.
  4. Was stupid enough to buy little bottle of water for $4.25.
  5. Thought for three seconds that this really was the Donald.
    Should have know something was up. Booth was not that huuuuge.
  6. Hung around Sebastian Junger's signing.
    Thought he might ask me to go elk hunting or something. His handler told me to move away from the booth. ("Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging," about US soldiers, comes out May 24 from Twelve.)
  7. Butted in line of 8,659,332 fans to chat with the wonderful David Levithan.
    "You Know Me Well," co-written with Nina LaCour, comes June 7 from St. Martin's.
  8. Eavesdropped on Eoin Colfer's Irish accent.
    "The Gauntlet" comes out Oct. 25 from Marvel.
  9. Got the silent treatment from Amy Schumer.
    Finally realized it was a cardboard cut-out. "Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo" is, so far, underexposed: embargoed till Aug. 16.
  10. Made bad stinky cheese joke to Jon Scieszka.
    Then introduced myself as Dwight Garner and left.
  11. Stood in peculiarly long long to see Ransom Riggs.
    His next YA collection comes out Sept. 3 from Dutton.
  12. Attacked by L. Ron Hubbard monster psychlo named Teri
    "Battlefield Earth," by the founder of Scientology, is being re-issued on June 6 — "for Father's Day," the press release notes.
  13. Freaky Friday!
    Jamie Lee Curtis was signing copies of her upcoming children's book, "This Is Me" (Workman, Sept. 20), but she had no Activia for me.
  14. New Harlequin romance novel sports "pop-up" hero
    Who knows what additional applications this may have.