BEA and BookCon 2015: A Week-long Magic Carpet Ride (LitChat)

Pablo Cartaya, Betsy Literary Programs Manager submitted a post to LitChat, for their “From The Writer’s Room” Series.  An excerpt of Pablo’s post is below.

June 10, 2015

Alan Zweibel author, comedian, actor said at a panel at BookCon 2015 in New York City, “if you’re really lucky, you get to be friends with the artists you admire.”

Pablo CartayaFrom May 26 to 31 I felt a buzz about me like none other I’d experienced as a writer. I walked into the Javits Center located at the far west side of 34th street near the Hudson and saw immense banners boasting advertisements for upcoming books and author’s new works. Stacy Schiff had an enormous banner of her new novel Salem. Jeff Kinney’s wildly popular series Diary of a Wimpy Kid towered about 50 feet above me and sprawled across the caged underbelly of Javits like a winged beast welcoming me to the book world’s main event. Diary wasn’t even the biggest banner promoting a book at this year’s Book Expo America. That distinction went to Harper Lee’s long awaited new novel, Go Set a Watchman, available July 14, probably all over the known universe. Side note, I went to a HarperCollins party and some of the swag was Go Set a Watchman bookmarks. I took about forty of them. I don’t know why. What is it about highly anticipated books from super star authors that bring out the book maniac in us? Anyway, I had never experienced something like this. Books and authors and publishers were the stars of this week and it made me feel special to be a part of it.

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