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A day in the life of BookExpo

Talking Harlan Ellison and reading Christmas stories at Google. Just another weird, surreal, day in the life. Wow, so this is what BookExpo is all about? I get it. It's huge. It's crazy. It's...busy. Here's a tick-tock of the last 24 hours:

Weds 6:00 PM - Drinks with my Über-agent Kristin (NLA) and my film Über film-agent Kassie Evashevski (UTA) in a cozy bistro where the background noise was akin to a 747 taking off in a thunderstorm while carrying a cargo of loose trash can lids.

Weds 7:30 PM - Dinner at Grand Central Station with the fine folks from Random House (where, oddly enough, the decibel level was quite peaceful).

Weds 11:00 PM - Dessert with Leesha at some Scottish Pub. Butterscotch ice-cream sandwiches made with shortbread. Dee-lish.

Thurs 7:30 AM - Librarian breakfast at Random House with fellow authors: Jo Baker, Elizabeth Silver, Janice Clark, and Marisha Pessl. Very lively crowd for so early in the morning. Maybe it was all the video cameras?

Thurs 10:00 to Noon - Wandering BEA's exhibitor floor. Catching up with authors Nancy Horan, Sara J. Henry, and book club cheerleader Marsha Toy Engstrom. Gawked at Chelsea Handler. Searched in vain for Kareem Abdul Jabbar. You'd think a 7' 2" fellow would be easier to find in a crowd.

Thurs 12:30 to 3:00 PM - ABA Bookselling Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. Hung out with some cool indie booksellers. *Waving to Barbara from Missoula* Delighted that Richard Russo was there. Sad that John Green wasn't. His wife was having a baby. Oh sure, that old excuse.

Thurs 4:30 to 5:30 PM - Video shoot at the Google offices for GooglePlay. We played "Two Truths and a Lie." And I also read Twas the Night Before Christmas in its entirety. Believe it or not, that's not the weirdest thing I've been asked to do on camera (get your mind out of the gutter).

6:00 PM - Back to the hotel where I conked out and completely missed an industry party hosted by Workman Publishing. I woke up, ate a slice of NY pizza, watched the Colbert Report, and hastily hit the blog highway.

But enough about me, how was your day, dear?

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