Scenes from BEA

Yesterday, I attended Book Expo America (BEA), North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals. It was my first time, a whirlwind of a day full of autographings (I met Meg Wolitzer!), seminars and aisles and aisles of books and book lovers everywhere — a well-attended, exciting event that was inspiring and fun. Over the course of the next few days, I’ll share with you some of the things I saw and heard at the show, starting today with some (really bad) photos I snapped with my smartphone while waiting in line for autographed copies of new or soon-to-be-released books.

Julianne Moore signs her new children’s book, Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever (Bloomsbury), out in September.

Linda Evans — who graciously personalized a copy of her new book for me too after hearing that I wanted the book autographed for my mom — signs copies of her new book, Recipes for Life: My Memories (Perseus Books Group), which includes personal photographs, recipes and anecdotes from her career in Hollywood.

Kathie Lee Gifford signs her new children’s book for kids, The Legend of Messy M’Cheany (Perseus Books Group), being published this month.

Jack Gantos, who also spoke on the “Guys Read: Thriller” panel, signs his book, Dead End in Norvelt (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group), which comes out in September.

Richelle Mead signs her new book Bloodlines (Penguin Group USA), a spin-offof the bestselling Vampire Academy series.

YA author Laini Taylor, left, is interviewed by Jennifer Hubert Swan, middle school librarian and library department chair at LREI, Little Red School House.

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