June 6th, 2010 by Nancy
Last week I went to Book Expo America, a conference where publishers, booksellers, authors, illustrators, and book nerds (like myself and Karen) meet each other and see what’s hitting the bookshelves soon.
The first thing I did was go to a breakfast where the guest speakers were authors — one being Mitali Perkins, author of the upcoming novel Bamboo People. For attending the breakfast, I got an advance copy! Alas, I have not yet read a single word of it, because the next time I saw Karen, she demanded that I hand it over to her immediately. Now she’s been taunting me by saying it’s really good and she hasn’t been able to put it down!
(Btw, Karen, I would like to take a moment to point out that I am NOT a morning person, so I expect to see that book back in my hands soon. I did not wake up extra early to listen to Mitali Perkins — who, by the way, is awesome and hilarious — tell me all about this wonderful book, and then not be able to read it.)
After the breakfast, I headed over to the showroom, where publishers had booths set up. I was itching to read The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: GROSS Junior Edition, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to peek inside the display copy and find out how to survive Nightmare Boogers and Barf Emergencies. I’ll just have to figure out how to survive those on my own until the book comes out in September.
Another book that caught my eye was Noonie’s Masterpiece, a hybrid book written by Lisa Railsback and illustrated by Sarajo Frieden. This actually came out earlier this spring, and I am retroactively adding it to our Graphic Novel & Hybrid Books Theme!
Noonie’s Masterpiece was described to me as a “reverse Harry Potter”: Noonie lives with her Aunt Sylvia, Uncle Ralph, and cousin Junior. And while she’s not too happy with the living situation, they love and adore her. Whoa, Harry Potter alternate universe… I can’t even imagine Aunt Petunia, Uncle Vernon, and Dudley being loving and adoring.
While wandering the very crowded floors of Book Expo America, I also stopped at a booth with a shelf full of sports books. I was perusing the upcoming Throwing Heat by Fred Bowen, when Fred Bowen himself showed up RIGHT NEXT TO ME! Seriously, author = celebrity and me = paparazzo:
But I did collect my cool and ask for an autograph afterward! Oh, and did I mention that practically every sports book on that shelf was written by Fred Bowen? I think I’m still starstruck…