Meet the Armchair BEA Team!

11:59 PM Tif Sweeney 7 Comments

Before we kick off Armchair BEA tomorrow, we would like to introduce you to those that are making this week possible behind the scenes. Of course, we couldn't make it awesome without all of our participants, so be sure to visit the week's agenda and link up tomorrow with an introduction of yourself as well!

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THE ORGANIZERS
(In alphabetical order)

Amy (of My Friend Amy)
Website: http://www.myfriendamysblog.com
Twitter: @myfriendamy
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/myfriendamysblog
Tumblr: braveandbittersweet.tumblr.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/3098901-amy

Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less.
Book blogger. Daydreamer. TV fan. Lover of Story.

If you could put one book in the hands of everyone you come in contact with, what would it be and why?
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell because I think it's a thought provoking and moving book.

What book are you looking forward to reading the most in 2011?
I'm very much looking forward to Dancing on Glass by Pamela Ewen.

Do you host any special events or memes on your blog that you would like to share with us (outside of Armchair BEA)? Please explain.
I coordinate Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW), an annual online book blogger festival.

If you could have lunch with any author, living or not, who would it be and where/what would you eat?
I would love to have lunch with Julie Lessman. I have done a lot of corresponding with her via email and I think that she would be a lot of fun to chat with. I think we'd have to have lunch in Ireland since she set some of her books there. Hopefully their food is good.


Chris (of Chrisbookarama)
Website: http://www.chrisbookarama.com/
Twitter: @Chrisbookarama
Tumblr: http://chrisbookarama.tumblr.com/

Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less.
Bookish mom reading anything I can get my hands on out here on an island in the North Atlantic. Likes old books and long walks on the beach.

If you could put one book in the hands of everyone you come in contact with, what would it be and why?
The book I'd choose for everyone to read is Fahrenheit 451. I was amazed by how accurate some of Bradbury's ideas were regarding technology. I also think it's such an important book in these times when so many people believe books are becoming obsolete.

If you could have lunch with any author, living or not, who would it be and where/what would you eat?
I would definitely choose Charlotte Bronte. I've read some of her letters and she'd have interesting opinions for sure. As for where we go to eat, I'd take her to Dairy Queen. What would she make of a Blizzard? Would it be too decadent for her or would I turn her into an ice cream fiend?


Danielle Smith aka The1stdaughter (of There’s A Book & Chick Lit Reviews)
Website: There's A Book and Chick Lit Reviews
Twitter: @the1stdaughter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2637089-danielle

Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less.
Reading, writing, music, life...all while taking care of two kiddos. 2010 Cybils Judge and Best Kidlit Book Blogger BBAW.

If you could put one book in the hands of everyone you come in contact with, what would it be and why?
This is a tough question, but I'd have to break this up into children and adults, though I think every adult should still read a picture book from time to time! For Children: Doodle Bites (The Tilly and Friends Library) by Polly Dunbar - By far the most popular picture book in our house and the entire series is phenomenal, packed with great lessons and humorous characters that parents & children will love. For Adults/Teens: The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness the Audiobooks - Amazing! Even if you don't like audiobooks you will be blown away by this series and narration especially the first book.

What book are you looking forward to reading the most in 2011?
You Are My Only by Beth Kephart

Do you host any special events or memes on your blog that you would like to share with us (outside of Armchair BEA)? Please explain.
I host an annual reading challenge called the "Read-to-Me Picture Book Challenge" which encourages parents and others who spend time with kiddos to read to them. Each month there is a link-up as well as the opportunity to win a new picture book each month. There are currently around 75 participants that share numerous picture book reviews each month. It's wonderful and I love the fact that it encourages more people to read to the children around them.


Emily (of Emily’s Reading Room)
Website: http://www.emilysreadingroom.com
Twitter: @emsreadingroom
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Emilys-Reading-Room/126469536216?ref=ts

Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less.
I blog about books with princesses, castles, zombies, kisses, spaceships, spies, and fine eyes; but not in the same book. Also: end of world

What book are you looking forward to reading the most in 2011?
I'm very excited about the third book in the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima: The Gray Wolf Throne. Also, Possession by Elana Johnson makes that list.

If you could have lunch with any author, living or not, who would it be and where/what would you eat?
I'd eat lunch with JK Rowling in her castle. Of course we'd have pumpkin juice and cauldron cakes.



Florinda (of The 3 R’s Blog: Reading, ‘Riting, and Randomness)
Website: www.3rsblog.com
Twitter: @florinda_3rs
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/florindapv
Tumblr (sometimes): http://florinda3rs.tumblr.com/
LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/Florinda

Me, in 140 characters or less (lifted from my Twitter profile):
Wife, mom, stepmom. Reading, writing, blogging...accounting? Life's short, and so am I.

If you could put one book in the hands of everyone you come in contact with, what would it be and why?
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell - in fact, I co-hosted a read-along of it last year in an attempt to do just that!

There aren't many books that I'm an evangelist for. I'll tell you what I like, and I'll make suggestions and recommendations, but I don't often state outright that "You HAVE to read this." I will go out on that limb for The Sparrow, though. You have to read this.

This is a very hard book to pigeonhole. You may not care for science fiction; this is SF free of technobabble. While the primary plot concerns interplanetary exploration and first contact with a non-human species in another solar system, the focus is on character and the setting doesn't require contortion of the imagination. You may be wary of fiction with religious overtones; this novel prominently features several Jesuit priests among its characters, but the last thing it does is preach. The novel explores Big Ideas of faith and God and humanity and Meaning in the way that many of us would - in far-ranging conversations with friends - and doesn't beat you over the head with them. You'd never guess that this is Mary Doria Russell's first novel (previously, she wrote scientific articles and technical manuals); the writing is very accomplished, and yet it doesn't call attention to itself at all. What other arguments can I shoot down for you?

What book are you looking forward to reading the most in 2011?
Beth Kephart's next novel, You Are My Only, due out this fall - but I'm hoping to get her to sign an ARC for me at BEA!


Michelle (of That’s What She Read)
Website: www.thatswhatsheread.net
Twitter: @whatsheread
Tumblr: http://whatsheread.tumblr.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jmchshannon

Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less.
Wife/mother/accountant/blogger/free spirit who lives to read & reads to explore life while listening to music & discovering who I am.

If you could put one book in the hands of everyone you come in contact with, what would it be and why?
Gone With the Wind has to be the book I've championed the longest and the hardest because it is a stunning portrayal of the damage done by the Civil War and an excellent example of perseverance and fighting when the odds are against you. Love her or hate her, the reader has a lot to learn from Scarlett as well as the entire cast.

Do you host any special events or memes on your blog that you would like to share with us (outside of Armchair BEA)? Please explain.
The one thing I do the most often is something I call Inside Michelle's Brain. I posit questions that have been running through my brain lately, hot topics in blogging, or anything else I want to bring up and discuss with others. It isn't a regularly scheduled post but rather as I have topics to discuss. It is cathartic but also generates some interesting discussions. I've also started taking suggestions from other bloggers on trends they would like to see me discuss. It's a fun break from book reviews.


Pam (of Bookalicious)
Website: http://bookalicio.us

Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less.
Blogger at Bookalicious. Reviewer for the SFBR Resident Blogger Hicklebee's Bookstore. High Tea Drinking, Southerner in CA.

If you could put one book in the hands of everyone you come in contact with, what would it be and why?
Inkheart. It is the reason I started blogging. The book reminded me that there are other people who love to read as much as I do and the internet would be a great way to connect with them. And connect I did!

What book are you looking forward to reading the most in 2011?
That is hard one! There are so many this year I am looking forward too. I think I am most looking forward to The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. I just know she will do dystopia proud.


Tif (of Tif Talks Books)
Website: www.tiftalksbooks.com
Twitter: @tiftalksbooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tif-Talks-Books/250365111042
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/676268-tif

Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less.
Reader, writer, advocate, mother of 2, wife (not in order of importance!) ... passionate about literacy and education.

Do you host any special events or memes on your blog that you would like to share with us (outside of Armchair BEA)? Please explain.
Currently, I am hosting two special events on my site: The Fairy Tale Challenge (a challenge to read more classic and modern fairy tales) and Tales to Tomes Online Book Club (selections are member recommended and driven).

If you could have lunch with any author, living or not, who would it be and where/what would you eat?
It is so hard to just choose one, so I am going to go with a buffet of authors and food … Edgar Allen Poe, Gregory Maguire, J.K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss, Stephen King, and Sandra Boyton, with homemade foods featuring cuisines from all over the world and a dessert bar to die for!

THE PUBLICITY TEAM

Brent Taylor (of The Naughty Book Kitties)
Website: http://naughtybookkitties.blogspot.com
Twitter: @NaughtyBlogging
Tumblr: http://brentaylor.tumblr.com/

Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less.
My name's Brent, and I blog at Naughty Book Kitties. Love good weather, books, and candy! I also intern for a few different lit agents.

What book are you looking forward to reading the most in 2011?
There are so many! To name a few: STICK by Andrew Smith, SHUT OUT by Kody Keplinger, ORIGINAL SIN by Lisa Desrohers, ZOMBIE TAG by Hannah Moskowitz, and THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin.

If you could have lunch with any author, living or not, who would it be and where/what would you eat?
Can I pick 20? It is so hard to only think of one! I'd have to say Harper Lee, of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. We'd eat lunch at a quiet little southern restaurant on the side of a highway!


Katie of Mundie Moms/ Mundie Kids
Website: www.mundiemoms.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MundieMoms
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mundie-Moms-Mundie-Kids/182898838422400
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4397975-mundie-moms-mundie-kids

Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less.
We are a YA, Children's book review blog & Cassandra Clare fansite.

If you could put one book in the hands of everyone you come in contact with, what would it be and why?
C.S. Lewis's, The Chronicles of Narnia.

What book are you looking forward to reading the most in 2011?
This is such a hard question to answer, there's so many great books coming out this year. City of Fallen Angels (which has already been released) and Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare.

Do you host any special events or memes on your blog that you would like to share with us (outside of Armchair BEA)? Please explain.
We host a lot of LIVE author chats. Each month we host any where from 2-4 chats, depending on the books we're helping promote for that month. We love being able to allow fans from all over the world to come together to chat with their favorite author.

If you could have lunch with any author, living or not, who would it be and where/what would you eat?
C.S. Lewis and in a nice English cafe.

7 comments:

  1. that was a very nice touch to kick off events for the week.

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  2. Nice to meet everyone, although I know a few of you already! Thanks for organizing such an awesome event!

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  3. i can't even begin to tell all of you how much i appreciate all of the hard work that goes into coordinating an event like this! thank you so much!

    i'm looking forward to chatting with everyone over the next week. :)

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  4. Just popping in to say 'thank you'! It takes a great deal of time, energy and dedication to organise such an event. I'm really looking forward to this.

    It was nice to read about all those involved in the planning. All the best with the whole weeks of events!:)

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  5. Yay! I'm excited for this week! :) Thanks to everyone who helped put it together!

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  6. Having fun already. Thanks for a great kickstart.

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  7. While I 'know' quite a few of you, there are also some new to me bloggers here! Nice to meet all of you

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