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BEAwesome 2011 Recap: Part 1

A recap of the FYA field trip to BEA 2011, Part 1.

BEAwesome 2011 Recap: Part 1

Y'all! I woke up this morning in my own bed, and there were no girls doing their hair in my bathroom, and then I had to go to work and no one here is talking about YA books, and then later I'll have drinks with my regular old friends instead of super rad authors. WHAT IS HAPPENING?!! HOW DID I GET HERE? WHERE'S MY BEA AT?

Seriously, I cannot BELIEVE that Book Expo is already over. I mean, my liver can, for sure, but my brain totally can't deal. It was supposed to be a week long! A week of spazzing and drinking and eating and nerding out and IT CANNOT POSSIBLY BE OVER. Oh wait, here's my credit card statement, saying Yes, yes it can.

Well, thank goodness I took loads of photos so I can savor those sweet memories while eating my Ramen noodles and sipping on Franzia. So grab a glass of something better than boxed wine and join me for a little stroll through the clustercuss of awesome known as Book Expo 2011!

On Monday, Lenore and I met up for a blogger breakfast at Harper Collins and a blogger luncheon at Simon & Schuster. Thanks for hosting us, publishing places! We got no alcohol, but we did get lots of books. So I can't complain. Too much. Lenore, on the other hand, didn't appear to need adult beverages of any kind.

We heard all about Harper's and S&S's Fall 2011 YA releases, and you'll be able to read all about the buzzworthy books in Erin's upcoming post. For now, I'll say that a few of them sound really fantastic, and the rest sound like-- well, let's put it this way. They'll make EXCELLENT drinking games.

Also, if you were hoping for better covers, just... stop.

At the end of the lunch, Simon & Schuster took us to the Top of the Rock (i.e. the Rockefeller Center) so we could enjoy a magnificent view of the city. Unfortunately, it was super cloudy that day, so it felt like we were in some kind of purgatory land in a YA book about angels. I used my ticket for contrast purposes:

On Tuesday, I headed to the Javits Center to pick up my badge and begin the process of submerging myself into the craytopia of BEA. Just like last year, the place was packed with huge signs and marketing campaigns, but one banner clearly stood above the rest:

I'M A BELIEBER! Also, from now on, I think FYA should always arrive with its own fanclub.

The main event for me on Tuesday was the glorious presence of Sarah Dessen, aka Light of My Life. Not only does the woman know how to write some mothercussing swoon, she also realizes the importance of tasty business, which is why she had a whoopie pie truck outside of Javits. LOOK AT THIS PRECIOUSNESS:

But wait, wait. It gets better! The whoopie pies were FREE, and they were given away by none other than the incandescent Sarah Dessen herself!!!! Y'ALL I ALMOST PEED MYSELF.

Nope, no swimfanning here, not at all. Just, you know, excited about the whoopie pie. Given to me by Sarah Dessen. No big deal. Happens all the time!

Yeah, that picture is going on my fridge.

After my heartbeat slowed to a non-heart-attack pace, I met Lenore back inside, and we randomly ended up in the autograph line for Tyra Mothereffing Banks! Who totally smized at us! And looked super pretty! And signed the book with a silver paint pen, something I always appreciate.

In case you missed it, you can watch Erin read the first few magical pages of this masterpiece here.

After a few hours, it was time for free booze. Ha ha, just kidding, when is it NOT time for free booze? Michelle from Galleysmith invited Lenore and I to accompany her to a Little, Brown party with a circus theme, held in a nearby loft. You guys, it was SWANK-EE.

Disregard that glass of water in Lenore's hand. She was on some antibiotics and couldn't drink that day. Fortunately, she had me as her surrogate drinker.

But seriously, I felt like I had wandered in to a music video! Look at these adorable waiters!

There were even different carnival games and activities to promote the books, like this henna tattoo station for Daughter of Smoke & Bone:

And did I mention there were TATER TOTS? WITH TRUFFLE OIL? Seriously, major pants to Little, Brown for knowing how to make an FYA girl happy. And thanks to Michelle for bringing us along!

Lenore and I went back to the hotel and met up with the rest of the gang, who was finally here! YAY!!!!!! LET THE SLUMBER PARTY BEGIN!

Wednesday morning, we put on our totes magical airbrushed t-shirts, and I realized that, tragically, we had not ordered one for Mr. T. Then again, he's so adorable, I don't think it's possible to enhance his cuteness.

I posted this photo last week, but it's so damn hot, I had to post it again.

HANGIN' TOUGH!

Thanks to the fabulous Erika for facilitating that photo shoot. Girl knows how to make you pull out that Blue Steel.

Before cabbing to the Javits, we had to do two things. First, we had to visit the New York Public Library, because we weren't feeling nerdy enough already.

Second, we had to drink coffee by the bowlful, because we had a big day ahead of us.

Although based on this picture, I don't think Erin had enough caffeine.

But look, we're at Javits! All together! It really felt like a dream come true. Last year, Jenny and I were like a pair of clueless freshmen, but this year, we were wearing matching shirts (you know, like the cool kids do) and hobnobbing with celebrities like Olivia!

We spent a few hours walking around the center, discovering new books...

(OMG BOO I LU)

... Making fun of Enjoying the displays...

... And totally spazzing when we got to meet our publishing contacts in person! They are the best! HI FAYE! You look so pretty!

A few hours in Javits can completely exhaust a lady, so we headed to a nearby bar for our Cocktail Panel! We were joined in this serious pursuit by several fabulous bloggers, April, Jamie, Anna and Carla:

And no, they didn't travel back in time, that's just an instamatic photo from Erin's phone.

Our rad artist friend, Travis, came by too. You may remember him as the genius behind the Shame Shroud, the jacket you can use to hide a totally embarrassing book cover!

Fully refreshed, we set out to enjoy a little bit of NYC, because it would be a crime to have Javits define our entire trip. We let YA do it instead! Because we are huge dorks! We stopped by the bowling alley in Port Authority, where Mia and Adam get their flirt on in Where She Went:

And we also walked by the church where Meena gets attacked by bats in Insatiable (thus, our incredibly accurate reenactment):

We obvs had to take advantage of the tasty New York business, so we stuffed our faces at Momofuku Ma Peche, where apparently the desserts turn you into sugar vampires.

As we walked back to our hotel, I felt this glowing ball of happiness in my belly, and it wasn't just the food. It was that feeling you get when the library has all of the books you want, or when you start to read the latest Meg Cabot. It was a feeling of both excitement and contentment, an awareness that we are four v. v. lucky girls. HIGH FIVE, LIFE!

Stay tuned for part 2 of our BEA 2011 recap, featuring appearances by some of our fave YA authors, Mr. T. in Central Park and the slumber party to end all slumber parties.

Posh Deluxe's photo About the Author: Sarah lives in Austin, TX, where she programs films at the Alamo Drafthouse. Sarah enjoys fancy cocktails, dance parties and anything that sparkles (except vampires).