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 met Sonia Manzano aka Maria from Sesame Street and she gave me an advanced reader copy of her memoir, Becoming Maria. Here she is signing my copy.