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
- •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
- •Pretty much fell in love with Amor Towles.His charming new novel, "A Gentleman in Moscow," will be published by Viking Sept. 6.
- •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.
- •Was stupid enough to buy little bottle of water for $4.25.
- •Thought for three seconds that this really was the Donald.Should have know something was up. Booth was not that huuuuge.
- •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.)
- •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.
- •Eavesdropped on Eoin Colfer's Irish accent."The Gauntlet" comes out Oct. 25 from Marvel.
- •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.
- •Made bad stinky cheese joke to Jon Scieszka.Then introduced myself as Dwight Garner and left.
- •Stood in peculiarly long long to see Ransom Riggs.His next YA collection comes out Sept. 3 from Dutton.
- •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.
- •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.
- •New Harlequin romance novel sports "pop-up" heroWho knows what additional applications this may have.