I can't believe that it's already May, and that in about 3 weeks I'll be in New York for Book Expo America, and Book Blogger Con! When I threw it out there over dinner a few months back I never expected H to be receptive to the idea. But the flight has been paid for, the hotel booked, Moo cards ordered (and should be here soon), and comfy shoes are on the shopping list for this week. It'll be my first time to New York, and to BEA, so I'm wondering what I'm forgetting and just what I'm getting myself into. I kind of picture myself wandering around lost and overwhelmed at the Javitz Center by myself for 3 days.
I have to admit a little part of me wonders why I had the crazy idea to attend in the first place! I mean I'm not really into marketing my blog, and my blogging has been very sporadic so far this year, to put it mildly. Plus I don't live in North America, and I'm not even American. The publishers aren't going to want to know me! Of course the books are only part of it, I'm really looking forward to meeting some other book bloggers, so I do hope I'll be able to catch up with them at some point. Did I mention that I'm often shy in large groups and in new situations? But hey, it's the Big Apple, and I can't wait!
So, if you're going to be in New York, either at BEA and Book Blogger Con, or not, during the week of May 24th, please let me know. I'd love to meet you. And if anyone wouldn't mind me tagging along some of the time at BEA, I'd be very grateful for a BEA Buddy to show me the ropes. Or any tips of how to get the most out of BEA, or great places to visit in New York, would be very much appreciated.
If you haven't yet made plans to attend, you could get into the convention for free! Just check out the Book Blogger Con Registration Fee Giveaway.
I'd also like to take this time to ask if anyone would be interested in having a guest post here on In Spring it is the Dawn while I'm away. It's actually something I've been thinking of lately, not just for that week but beyond as well. Since I'm not able to post as regularly as I used to these last few months, I thought it might be fun to showcase some other bloggers. It would help me out to have new content on my blog, and would hopefully bring some new readers to the guest blogs as well. Win, win. Ideally I'd like to keep with the Japan/Japanese literature focus so it could be a post about any of your experiences in Japan. But you don't have to have ever been to Japan, it could be a review of any Japanese literature that you've read. A list of favourite Japanese authors, movies, etc. Anything really that has to do with Japan. Does that sound like something you might be interested in? Please email me with any questions, and we'll talk.
If you're looking for the Hello Japan! mini-challenge for May, I'm going to start working on it, and the April round-up post this evening so they'll hopefully be up today or tomorrow.
As for what I've been reading lately, I haven't made much progress in The Count of Monte Cristo since my First impressions post last Tuesday, but I'm enjoying it and am eager to get back to it. However, I also want to read Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski for Persephone Reading Week which starts tomorrow! And I also need to get reading Silence by Shusaku Endo for the Japanese Literature Book Group discussion to begin on May 10th. Then there is the discussion of Book Three of The Wind-up Bird Chronicle coming up on the 15th. Yikes! Too many pages to read, and not enough time! (Hmm.. thinking out loud here... I wonder if anyone would mind pushing the discussion of either Silence or The Wind-up Bird Chronicle to June??) So I fear I may have to put Dumas on the back-burner, just for a little bit, but lots of good reading, and other bookish-ness, in my future.
Will you be at BEA and Book Blogger Con?
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