Book Expo America

Book Expo America is one of my favorite book events and this year was no exception. With more than 800,000 square feet of exhibit space, and all of it filled with books and the people who love them, it is an amazing place to spend a day. On Friday at BEA, I signed 75 copies of Death and White Diamonds in 30 minutes.

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My thanks to Margery Flax at Mystery Writers of America for organizing an amazing day and to Donna Andrews for the fabulous photo.

I spent the rest of the day catching up with old friends and new, and collecting all manner of books. My friend, David Swatling, signed a copy of his Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Calvin’s Head. The Lambda winners will be announced tomorrow night. I’ll be rooting for Calvin’s Head to take home the Lammy for best Gay Mystery.

I also picked up a signed copy of The Marriage of Opposites, by literary superstar, Alice Hoffman. I went to high school with Alice, hadn’t seen her in 45 years. It was nice to cross paths at BEA.

But perhaps my favorite book in the stash of books I brought home is an advanced reading copy of the middle grade fiction Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye written by Tania Del Rio and illustrated by Will Staehle.

“Meet Warren the 13th – the lone bellhop, valet, waiter, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family’s ancient hotel. It’s a strange, shadowy mansion full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles – and it just might be home to a magical object known as the All-Seeing Eye. Can Warren decipher the clues and find the treasure before his sinister Aunt Annaconda (and a slew of greedy guests) beat him to it?”

With a release date of November 24, 2015, you’ll have to wait to find out what happens. I hope to learn the answer by the end of the day.

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