Book Expo America Day 1 Recap #BEA13

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I dipped my toes into BEA by attending BEA Blogger yesterday. I also went to awesome book parties and met some authors we’ve read as a book club here on From Left to Write. I’m on my way out the door for the first day on the Expo Hall (follow my tweets for photos, etc), but wanted to share some photo goodness with you!

I met Tom Reiss, author of The Black Count (affiliate link). Did I mention that he recently won the Pulitzer Prize and that it was From Left to Write book club selection? He’s a great guy! Don’t you love it when authors of books you love are nice?

During BEA Blogger, I learned about THIS. Yes, you read that right, J.J. Abrams has a novel S. coming out this October. It’s shrouded in secrecy, like all of his projects. This postcard is the first clue to it. I predict this will be a best seller. S.  (affiliate link) is available for pre-order but there’s no cover art or anything yet. Abrams has an elaborate marketing plan that includes a lot of bread crumbs like this postcard and internet Easter eggs.

Then I accosted Hugh Howey at the food court yesterday. He was totally gracious as I got all fan girl about his book Wool (affiliate link). Of course I told him that I was a book blogger. An hour later, I see this tweet! How fun is it when authors tweet our the reviews we write about their book? That made my afternoon. Plus I didn’t feel bad about interrupting his conversation with 6 other people. Also, guy how stole a french fry off my tray while I talked to Hugh? I would have given you one if you had just asked.

There’s so much more, but I need to get dressed and head down to Day 2 of Book Expo!

About Thien-Kim

Thien-Kim is Editor of From Left to Write. She sneaks in her reading time late at night after her family is sound asleep. She also writes at I'm Not the Nanny.


  1. You lucky, lucky girl! I hope you’re having an amazing time!

  2. I desperately tried to get Grand Central Publishing to give me a bigger understanding of S. but man they are tight-lipped! The only extra clue I seemed to get is that a tweet response to my posting stated that the postcard was not just a promo or a hint but was actually a part of the book.

    This makes me think it might be an epistolary book and an artistic one like Nick Babcock’s Griffin & Sabine at that. Two executive reps for GCP kind of twinkled at my thinking that while dodging saying yes or no.

    I look forward to seeing more of your BEA 2013 experience, with so many bloggers, finding the ones with voices you want to read is crazy hard.

    • I didn’t make it by the booth. I just took out my postcard. I like your theory as JJ Abrams is very visual. Thanks for visiting Reid! I’m glad we had a chance to meet in person.

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