BEA - Book Expo America 2015
This was my third year attending Book Expo America. It's such a great event. Whether you attend for one day or every day of the event, you get fully immersed in the world of books.
The banner of Harper Lee's new book, Go Set A Watchman brought to mind two thoughts:
1) Reading To Kill A Mockingbird in grade school remains one of my favorite memories from childhood. How could I not read this book?
2) Did the author approve the publication of this book or not? I'm not sure we will ever know.
One of the benefits of attending BEA is getting free copies of books. The first two years I spent most of my time in the publishing/writing classes so I didn't take advantage of the opportunity. This year I picked up enough to make my journey home a bit of a challenge. Thankfully I had a backpack with me.
Aside from the free books, it's a nice treat that the authors themselves hand you a copy. They even autograph the books onsite.
I picked up some books for my toddlers and some for myself. After I read each one I will leave a review on Amazon since I think it's the least I could do for the privilege of a free copy.
Keeping Mother's Secret by Tracy May
Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell
Caravan of No Despair by Mirabai Starr
My Back Pages by O'Brien Browne
Integrating The Chapters of A Life by Allen Roth
Dead White Guys by Matt Burriesci
Living Wisely, Living Well by Swami Kriyananda
Hollow Man by Mark Pryor
Wild In The Hollow by Amber C. Haines
White Dresses by Mary Pflum Peterson
A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
The Man Made of Stars by M.H. Clark
Fail Fail Again Fail Better by Pema Chodron
A Visit from Santa Clops by Gig Wailgum
The Cave of Santa Clops by Gig Wailgum
Run to Live by Greg Spagna
All in all it was a great event. I'm a bit bummed they're moving it to Chicago next year, but I guess on the bright side it will give me time to explore other writing conferences in New York.