Monday, June 02, 2008

Literary Expo

I went to Book Expo America. It's a huge event with publishers from all over coming to pitch their latest line of books to booksellers. I went to network and check out trends. I also went to a number of networking events (um, parties really) to meet new people.

There were, of course, big wigs there taking up huge amounts of space. Every publisher you can imagine was there.

Deals were being made. This hall had agents, editors, and publisher making deals about rights and acquisitions.

At some events, the champange was flowing. I only had water.

There were important scholarly types talking about their books, like Robert Thurman who endowed the first Chair at Columbia University for the study of Buddhism. He's a brilliant man. Alas, some just call him Uma's dad.

There were celebrities like Ernest Borgnine pushing his memoir.

People in suits promoting stuff like this book Marley's Treasure.

There was a small lane called "Writers Row." These were people who had the gumption to pitch their own line of books, like this guy with Ghetto Heat Publishing

Or this guy stood pushing his book and his buddy sleeping there.

At the end of the day, I had a blast!


Peter Varvel said...

Woo hoo! Sorry I missed this one.
Great photos, very inspiring!

Cheryl said...

The dudes at the "Relax" booth have the right idea.

Sundry said...

Talk about a great life! I went to this a few years ago and had so much fun.

Emily D said...

Great photos from the BEA! Thanks for posting, Noel.

If you're curious about Tibet and China, Buddhism and the Dalai Lama, or the Himalayas and the environment, check out Robert Thurman's book, Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet and the World that launched at this event — insightful and inspiring.

Don Cummings said...

You GO Speed Racer!
How I had a crush on that cartoon guy as a kid!

Sarah Browning said...

Hi Noel,

It was great to meet you at the ACLU reception (champagne!) with Phyllis. Thanks for posting the photos and good luck with it all.