Saturday, February 20, 2010

BEA and Book Blogger Con

I'm going. I'm so excited!

Every year since becoming a librarian I've made an effort to attend at least one conference; usually it's the Massachusetts Library Association Conference, but I'm going to skip that one this year in favor of BookExpo America and the Book Blogger Convention.

I have my hotel reservation and my registration; I just need to get my train tickets and I'll be all set. Who else is going? I have to know- and I hope to see you all!

Some of my favorite things to do in New York:
  • Alice's Tea Cup, an Alice-in-Wonderland themed restaurant serving tea-the-drink and tea-the-meal, home to outstanding homemade scones and a truly dizzying tea selection;
  • Max Brenner Chocolate by the Bald Man, a terrific restaurant where nearly everything has chocolate in it; love it especially for brunch or a post-dinner cocoa;
  • The Strand, four floors of the most amazing bookstore ever (and right down the street from Chocolate by the Bald Man- talk about a dream date, right?);
  • Forbidden Planet, a great science fiction bookstore near The Strand, which I love for its mammoth zine selection;
  • Times Square of course, especially the Sanrio flagship store, for all your Hello Kitty needs;
  • Midtown Comics, a comprehensive comics and graphic-novel shop not far from Times Square. If it's graphic and it's in print, it's here.
All I can say is, do Alice's Tea Cup and Max Brenner on different days because you won't have room for both!

18 comments:

bubblesncups said...

Alice's Tea Cup - I'll have to keep that in mind! I miss places like Tealuxe and never even knew about Alice's. Thanks!!!

Kathrin said...

I will be there for 10 days, and I can't wait. I'm still working on where to stay, though. I booked my flight first ;-)

I have to remember the Sanrio flagship store :D Thanks for the heads up!

Alea said...

Yay! We will surely have to talk graphic novels! :)

Lenore said...

Will be so fun to meet you! Seems like a lot of us will be there - what fun!

bermudaonion said...

I'll be at BEA but won't be able to stay for the Con. I'm looking forward to meeting you!

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I think you have posted the best list yet for places to go in New York!

booksandbakes said...

That sounds like a lot of fun! And, if I ever find myself in New York, I'm going to be looking up Alice's Tea Cup!

Rosie of BooksAndBakes

Trisha said...

Wow, I think we should have an Alice's Tea Cup get together. That just sounds delightful!

Fibro Witch said...

Sounds like a fun event. Wish I had the energy to go. I hope you get a chance to post from the convention.

Alexia561 said...

So glad that you're going! I've already registered, and am so excited to go to my first BEA! Don't think I can swing the book con as well, but maybe next year.

Going to be so much fun with all of the book bloggers going this year!

Booksnyc said...

I am signed up and ready to go - I live in NYC so I don't have far to go.

Alice's Teacup was featured in an article in Time Out this week - it's in my neighborhood and I still haven't been there!

Mystica said...

Have a great time

nomadreader said...

I'm thrilled to be going too! I'm waiting to book my train ticket, but I'm thrilled to meet other bloggers, experience BEA for the first time and spend a few extra days in one of my favorite cities!

stacybuckeye said...

Every trip we make to New York I see aside a few hours for the Strand :)

Anna said...

Serena and I hope to visit The Strand while we're in NYC. Thanks for the other suggestions. Hope I get a chance to meet you at some point during BEA, as I won't be at the Con.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Zibilee said...

I will not be attending this year, but I hope you have a wonderful time and bring back lots of great new galleys and stories to share with us!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I'm going to both too! I need to check out Alice's tea cup. One of my favorite places is Tea and Sympathy. (sigh) i go for high tea every time I'm in NYC.

avisannschild said...

Thanks for these suggestions, Marie! I want to visit all the places you suggested (well, maybe not the first since I'm gluten-intolerant). Looking forward to meeting you at Book Blogger Con!

Oh and by the way, do you know of any good places in NY to buy used graphic novels?