Many of us in the book-reading, Twittering blogosphere are stuck at home instead of attending Book Expo America in New York.
BEA attendees have been Twittering about the seminars, panels, booths, signings - jealous!
Those of us non-attendees are having a BEA Twitter Party tonight from 8-10pm Eastern hosted by Rebecca at The Book Lady's Blog. This post lists all the BEA Twitty Party participants and this post shows all the goodies up for grabs between the party participants (please follow Rebecca's instructions and thanks to all the generous giveaway donors). Follow the party on Twitter using the #BEAtwittyparty hashtag and make sure you have fun because I will be stuck closing at the bookstore only to log into Twitter at 1130pm Eastern and find everyone drunk-tweeting (stinks, but someone has to sell the books). Rebecca also has links to other giveaways and stuck-at-home-for-BEA fun including the BEA Pout-a-thon 09 hosted by the amazing Laurie Halse Anderson.
For those of us who might need a little retail therapy to get over being BEA-less, Jen at Devourer of Books is hosting "No BEA? Books anyway!" all weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). See her page for more details but in short: 1) go buy books (anywhere you like, as long as you buy them), 2) blog about your book purchases, and 3) link up your blog/purchase details by using Mr. Linky in Jen's page. As mentioned above, I'll be working at the bookstore Friday, and Saturday and Sunday, too, so I'll expect to see you out and about to support publishing, authors, reading, book, etc!