The last time I was at BEA it was called ABA and I had just started working here. What I remember most, along with the glitz and giveaways that made ALA look like a sidewalk sale, was one renowned (his word) author of joke books coming over to angrily berate me for the fact that he had never been reviewed in the Horn Book despite the fact that his books had sold in the tens of thousands. Why are publicly funny people so frequently privately bitter? And why is my memory so good for the smallest of slights?
In any event I'll be there next Wednesday, walking around with the Horn Book's own (M)ad man Al Berman and signing ARCs of A Family of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature by Martha and me. Candlewick booth #2759 in the Javits Center, 1:00 to 2:00 PM. And speaking of private bitterness, the last time I signed books (Hearing Us Out) it was at TLA and freaking Jon & Lane were signing Math Curse right next to me. Phyllis Naylor came by and bought two copies out of pity.