LIVE FROM BEA: The Stacks of Books

2:00 PM Tif Sweeney 3 Comments

Welcome Heather from Based on a True Story and another one of our on-site correspondents as she shares her final thoughts LIVE FROM BEA!!  


I went into BEA with a solid plan. I had a list of 34 books that I was interested in from the list of books that were going to be available. And then this happened.


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I was at Blogger Con most of the day and only spent about 2 hours in the exhibit hall. Of these only Truevine and Emperor of the Eight Islands were on my radar. Truevine sounds amazing. It is nonfiction by the author of Factory Man about African-American twins kidnapped and forced to join the circus and their mother's quest to find them.


At the Adult Author's Breakfast these were on the seat.

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I'm most interested in Underground Railroad. Imagine that it was a literal underground railroad and every state is a station. Each state represents a different world - white supremacy world, black separatist world, etc. Then Thursday got insane. No one tells you how hard it is to avoid having books handed to you.

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I'm not even posting all the pictures. I ended up with 42 books on Thursday.


If I thought they were hard core on Thursday, they were really serious on Friday. I had been there 15 minutes when this picture was taken.

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The Other Einstein is historical fiction about Albert Einstein's first wife who helped develop his theories and who got no credit. Sounds amazing. I got an additional 49 books on Friday without trying. Even when I would try to refuse a book, the response would be, "You'll like this one and this one better then! Here, take these." I have books for me and books for my husband and my mother. I have prizes for blog events I run and gifts for my secret sister. So out of all of those books, what is my favorite?

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Shambhala Publishing for the win with vegan ice cream recipes!


  1. Holy cow. Good luck getting them all home! Great haul, though!

  2. THANK YOU SO MUCH, Armchair BEA organizers. We so appreciate you putting this together. :)

  3. Looks like a marvelous time.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I love the Louise Penny book.

    That looks like a good one to choose for your favorite. )