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The BEA Diaries – 2010 – through the iphoto lens

May 30, 2010 at 4:05 am

Take a stroll down BEA lane via some semi-blurry iphone photos. Enjoy!

HCI Rock Star, Chef Jen Schaertl

HCI Rock Star, Chef Jen Schaertl

The "happily ever after' cupcakes of True Vows reality-romance series

The "happily ever after' cupcakes of True Vows reality-romance series

the hardest working authors at BEA: Maggie Arana & Julienne Davis

the hardest working authors at BEA: Maggie Arana & Julienne Davis

Jane Velez-Mitchell and Fredda Psaltis-two awesome women

Jane Velez-Mitchell and Fredda Psaltis-two awesome women

yours truly and Sean Kenniff, Etre the Cow author

yours truly and Sean Kenniff, Etre the Cow author

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Bird “in toe” (iphoto diversion)

May 29, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Rashi delights in friend Carol's fancy feet

Rashi delights in friend Carol's fancy feet

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BEA in 120 seconds – or speed dating for book people

May 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm

Twitter’s got its 140 characters. I’ve got my BEA (BookExpo America) down to a 120 second science. Unfortunately for some, and happily for others, that’s all anyone gets from me at the big, bad festival of books.  First I was comparing my already challenged attention span to that of half-a-gnat’s, but now I know it’s a series of 120 second communication gigs that I’m doling out (which sounds better than two minutes, don’t you think?)

It’s kind of like speed dating for the bo0k publishing inclined.

Being the day after the 48 hours of perpetual motion– of both the jaw and the legs– I’m going to be brief here. I am sitting at my office desk but not for long. In just a little while  I expect my head to be enjoying an afternoon siesta pillow at home in my much-missed bed.

To anyone out there who tried to engage me in a normal conversation at the Jacob Javitz Center this week, I apologize. I hope the hug you probably got from me will make up for the lack of real intelligent contact.

We will meet again soon, I’m sure, but most likely right here on this very screen. Maybe a little on the phone (you remember what that is, right?) However, and whenever, I promise to spend more than two minutes with you.

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It’s all about BEA(BookExpo America) this week. Come to booth #3577 and meet some amazing HCI authors!

May 24, 2010 at 10:08 am

BookExpo America (BEA). The book trade show where everything publishing shows up and does its best dog and pony show for 48 hours. After months and months of preparation, I’m happy to report that HCI has a place in the show that should dazzle the best of ’em.

The two events that stand out this year are the launching of our reality-based romance line of books, True Vows and the performance of a certain reggae celebrity’s (Bob Marley) son.

We’re serving wedding cake at the HCI booth at 2:00 on Wednesday, May 26th, to kick off  three True Vows books that cleverly match stories of real people  with actual romance novelists. “Ripped from the headlines,” we like to say and the bestselling novelists, Julie Leto and Judith Arnold will be on board to sign advance copies of their books (Hard to Hold and Meet Me in Manhattan) at the HCI booth and in the central autographing area at the Jacob Javits center.

Ky-Mani Marley is also signing his  book , Dear Dad at BEA (4:00 on Wednesday) and adding the special treat of performing his music in the booth! Rumor has it that he’ll be playing his dad’s anthem, “One Love.”

There’s so much else going on courtesy of HCI over the next few days at BEA that it’s best to just take a look at the stellar lineup of authors who will be making appearances.

Come and visit! Have a piece of cake. Shake your tail feathers a little with Ky-Mani.  Meet Jane Velez-Mitchell and talk to the chef behind Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens. Meet handsome and talented Jake Ehrenreich who wrote the bookA Jew Grows in Brooklyn.

Ok, that’s a tiny little taste of what’s going on. We’ll see you there!

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Roots

May 22, 2010 at 7:10 pm

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