Sunday, May 02, 2010

Sunday Salon: New York, New York

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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  1. I'm sure you won't end up wandering alone at BEA! There are lots of us who want to meet you. Honestly, I have the exact same fear, but I also know that last year when I went to ALA I ended up spending much of the time wandering around alone and actually really enjoyed myself. Hm...

    I'm not into getting review copies or using my blog as a business either, so I feel like mostly I'm going to meet other bloggers and people I've met online. And just to get to NYC, because I absolutely love NYC!!

  2. I'll be at BEA and I hope to see you there!

    I lived in Fukuoka, Japan for 9 months so I could write some sort of guest post for you too.

  3. I didn't know you were going! Oh, I wish I could be there to meet you all. You'll have a wonderful time for sure!

  4. Hi Nat :D

    Wow, this is great! have a lot of fun. I am sure you will find plenty of familiar bloggers and not get lost.
    Take your camera and bring back plenty of news and pics.

  5. LOL no need to be so modest about your blog being sporadic this year. In Spring It Is The Dawn is pretty popular (without any marketing) and I don't believe that has decreased, has it?

    I actually prefer blogs that have only a few posts a week: I have a hrad time keeping up as it is!

    It's a bit early but before I forget: have fun in NYC! There's no doubt in my mind you'll be enjoying yourself :)

  6. PS I would not mind AT ALL to postpone Silence to June... It's on my shelf but I'll be having a hard time starting, let alone finishing it before the 10th of this month. So "yes please, ma'am! :)

    Also, I'm considering the request for guest posts but I want to make sure first that I know of an appropriate topic :)

  7. Oh, what fun you're going to have!! I've considered attending some of these conferences in the past, but have never made the leap to do so. Believe it or not, I'm a little shy myself. But I'm sure once there, I'd overcome my shyness and have such a good time, I'd probably wind up wondering why it took me so long to join in on all the fun. That said, this year isn't possible. The dates coincide with the five year anniversary of Rach's death and we're heading to San Diego to hang out with my brother and his family. It will be nice to be with family, maybe spending some time at the beach, and of course, eating great Mexican food and seafood. I'll be excited to read all about your fun in NYC. I've been there three times and have loved each visit.

  8. We clearly have the same fears about the BEA/Blogger Con. I too see myself wandering around, dazed and confused, and completely alone. I'm in NYC arriving and Monday and leaving on Saturday, so if you'd like to do anything or meet up somewhere, just let me know! We can wander around dazed and confused together.

  9. I'm so jealous of everyone who's able to attend this! I'd love to meet all of those bloggers I follow, although I am very shy in large groups as well. I'm sure you'll do great though and enjoy it a lot.

  10. I'll be there! It is my first time at the BEA too and I am really excited! I need to make a list of all the bloggers who are going :)

  11. Oh man, I totally want to go and meet you and so many other bookish friends! I'm getting jealous :)

    I'm participating in Persephone Reading week too but just haven't decided which book to read. Looking forward to your post!

  12. I really wanted to go but already had committed to another trip to NYC in August (for the BlogHer conference) so I just couldn't justify both. I'm a little relieved because there will only be a couple of book bloggers there so it shouldn't be as overwhelming. I'm still going to miss meeting everyone though!

  13. I hope you have a wonderful time at BEA, Nat. I sure wish I could go, if only to meet all you wonderful bloggers out there. :-)

    I hope you have a great week, Nat!

  14. I so hope that you enjoy Little Boy Lost and Persephone Reading Week, Nat :)

    I am most jealous of your visit to NYC this month; it is my #1 future destination to visit and I hope you have an amazing time.

  15. Anyone who posts once a week is doing their duty as far as I'm concerned, and I'm sure you're achieving that comfortably!

    Have fun in New York, and I'd be happy to guest blog at some point (either a book review or something more general) :)

  16. I wish the Expo was two weeks later, after school is out for me. I would love to go.

    Please give us a full report!

  17. Oh this makes me SO sad that I won't be attending this year. I had really hoped to but with a busy work schedule I just couldn't justify taking the trip when I could probably only squeeze in one day of BEA and the Blogger Con. I would have LOVED to have met you.

    Will this be your first trip to NYC? You'll have such a wonderful time. I can't wait to hear all about it.

    PS--bought all the ingredients for cherry cheesecake ice cream last weekend to make for mother's day and forgot that I had to pre-freeze my ice cream maker. Hopefully this weekend. Can't wait to *finally* try your recipe!


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