On Saturday, I attended Book Expo America (an annual publishing industry convention, held this year in New York City) as a Power Reader. The first event I went to was the Adult Book & Author Breakfast where Chris Matthews, Helen Fielding, John Lewis, and Diana Gabaldon all gave highly engaging talks. Later, I heard Neil Gaiman and comedian Jim Gaffigan talk about the new books they have coming out. And, of course, I loved getting tons of free, signed books!
Below: Jim Gaffigan reads from Dad is Fat, a funny book about fatherhood. As expected, the entire session was hilarious. But one thing I was surprised to learn was that Jim and his wife actually write most of his material together.
I also went to various signings, including editor Ellen Datlow signing copies of Hauntings and Chuck Wendig signing ARCs of Under the Empyrean Sky. The former is a horror anthology featuring Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carrol Oats, Peter Straub, and many more outstanding authors; the latter is the first installment in a brand new middle grade trilogy with a dystopian setting. Both of these books sound amazing.
At the end of the day, I left BEA with a backpack full of free books. This was my first time attending the event, and it was extremely fun. If you ever have the chance to attend, I highly recommend it.
So that was my weekend. How was yours? 🙂