Books Everywhere, Anytime
June 4, 2013
Okay so that might not be what BEA stands for, but it’s pretty much an accurate description of the annual literary conference that goes by that acronym. I hit the Javits Center last week to peddle my book JACK STRONG TAKES A STAND, which is my first non-Charlie Joe effort. It’s about the most over-scheduled boy ever born, it comes out on September 24 and it’s hilarious! But that’s beside the point. The point is, BEA is a booklover’s paradise. Authors, books, panels, celebs pushing their bios, self-published newbies trying to get noticed — they’re all here, and they are plenty of ’em. I got to hang with the Macmillan folks who made me feel special, even though my signing was a no-ticket-required event. (Come on BEA people, throw a guy a bone.)
I also got to spend a little time with fellow MacKids author Obert Skye, whose Creature From My Closet books average approximately six laughs a page.
And this was super cool: I got a tote bag in honor of Charlie Joe Jackson’s Bookshelf, a fab summer promo the MacKids folks are doing. Find out more here.
So yeah, BEA — which actually stands for Book Expo America — is pretty cool. Don’t believe everything you read — it appears that books are alive and well! I was very grateful to be invited. Next year you people are going to totally need tickets for me to sign your books, though! Or not. -Tg