Who’s Coming to Book Expo America 2015?

It’s official: I’ve booked my hotel and my plane ticket so I am going to attend BEA in New York on May 27-29.  I’ll actually be arriving a little before the conference on a Monday and leaving on a Monday at the crack of dawn but the main reason I’m coming is for the conference.  I’m so lucky that the hotel I’m staying at is just 0.4 miles from the Javits Center where the conference takes place.  So here’s what my schedule looks like:

May 25: Arrive and get my bearings, maybe go for a walk in the downtown area.  Try to find Central Park (which is apparently fairly close to my hotel).

May 26: Metropolitan Museum, here I come!  Plus maybe a little shopping.

May 27: BEA Bloggers’ Conference pretty much all day.

May 28: Regular Book Expo America, probably mostly wandering around and trying to get my bearings.  The only panel I really want to see is the Tor panel where John Scalzi’s speaking.

May 29: Continue with Book Expo America on the last day.  I have nothing planned for this day at the conference right now but I’m sure that will change once I find out about more of the events.

May 30: Do the tourist thing: I’m hoping to see the Empire State Building and/or the Statue of Liberty.  Maybe hit up another museum on Museum Mile.

May 31: (Hopefully) go see a taping of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  Tickets aren’t available quite yet but I’ve bookmarked the site and am eagerly awaiting the announcement for when tickets are available for that particular day.  I know they go fast but I’m really hoping to get one.

June 1: Leave in the middle of the night for home.

Is anyone interested in meeting up with me at the conference?  I’d love to meet my fellow readers as well as authors and other bloggers.

And if you’re not coming to Book Expo America, don’t worry!  I’ll be posting daily articles about my experiences at the conference and at the end will probably provide a tips for next year article even though it’s in Chicago and not New York for 2016.  I’m just so excited for BEA 2015 and the closer the date gets, the more excited I become and the more time seems to slow down.

So who would like to meet up at the conference?


  1. Diantha Jones (@DianthaJones)

    You already know you’re going to see me there! But I’m coming in Tuesday and leaving Friday. Which hotel are you staying at? You can tell me this privately of course LOL. Too jealous about the museum. Not gonna get a chance to do any touring this trip, but I only live four hours away from NYC so it’s not biggie. I’ll be back! Can’t wait to meet you!

    • Carrie Slager

      Can’t wait to meet you in the flesh either! I used your little avatar logo of my blog for my business cards, which I just ordered. (I’m so excited for them to come in; it was 500 cards for $25, including shipping.) I’ll email you the hotel I’m staying at. It’s really cheesy and ultra-modern but it was close to the venue and reasonably priced so I can’t really complain. 🙂

    • Carrie Slager

      We’ll see. Who knows? 🙂 I don’t blame you for making it. It’s expensive and I imagine the flight from Australia is brutal. One of my friends that lives in the Philippines is in a similar boat.

  2. karaebenhack

    I’m SO jealous! I live right across the river in Jersey and I am currently a high school librarian’s assistant so I actually HAVE credentials to go this year, however that time of year is a little busy for us and I was not granted permission to take off of school to go to it! But I AM going to BookCon, which is following it on Saturday the 30th! Any chance you’ll be headed to BookCon too?

    • Carrie Slager

      You need the school’s permission to get time off school or your parents wouldn’t grant it? It’s only a couple of days. I remember in high school my parents didn’t care how much time I was actually out of school for vacations and such because I always caught up so quickly.

      I’m not sure about BookCon. I have things planned on Saturday so that’s not an option but I’m not sure about Sunday. If I can get tickets to John Oliver I will go see a taping of his show but if not I’ll probably go to BookCon. I should know in a couple of weeks.

      • karaebenhack

        I need the school’s permission since its my job (I’m 26 long graduated 😛 ) and during that week we have standardized testing and its all hands on deck so to speak.

        • Carrie Slager

          Ugh, that sounds fun. The only standardized testing I remember in school was in grades 3, 4, 9 and 10 and those were mostly math assessments. But I guess in the States they do things a little differently. 🙂

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