Terrific first whole day in NYC. I headed out before 7 a.m. to walk from the hotel to Junior's for breakfast. I think I ate two breakfasts and cheesecake at Junior's the last time I was here with Anna. Junior's is famous for its cheesecake, but not at 7 a.m.
Since I was really early, I had time to take some pictures, first of posters for the two musicals I'm seeing this week. I'm going to Once on Thursday and Pippin on Friday.
And, a theater district sign.
Then, just some Times Square signs. I'm addicted to Times Square. I love the lights, the crowds, the energy.
From Times Square, I walked toward the McGraw-Hill building, where the LJ Day of Dialog was to be held.
Radio City Music Hall is close by. Three trips to NYC, and I haven't made it there yet. Of course, there are lots of places I haven't seen here yet. Someday!
Two great things about the Library Journal Day of Dialog, hearing the panel, "Editor's Picks", and catching up with friends. I ran into Susan Hayes, who I worked with in Lee County. She's now in Georgia. Hugs with Robin Beerbower from Salem, Oregon and Talia Sherer from Macmillan. Stephanie Chase is now with Seattle Public Library, and she's one of the moderators of tomorrow's AAP Librarians' Luncheon. I finally met @HartGami from GalleyChat and Twitter, who is actually Janet Lockhart. And, I talked with a couple library reps I correspond with from Penguin and HarperCollins.
The Editors' Picks was a panel of five representatives from publishing houses who talked about their key titles. Here are two. Jonathan Burnham from HarperCollins picked Mitch Albom's novel, The First Phone Call from Heaven, due out in November. And, Pamela Dorman, Pamela Dorman, Books from Penguin Group (USA) highlighted Beth Hoffman's Looking for Me, which came out on Tuesday.
I headed over to the Javits Center to pick up my registration packet and listen to the BEA keynote address. After walking around to get my bearings again, I ran into Maryellen Woodside and Sally Bissell, two of my favorite librarians from Lee County. We already had plans to go to dinner last night at the Library Hotel, but we took time to catch up. Then, I went to my program, and they returned to their sessions.
Before I left the Javits Center, though, I took pictures of two of the banners hanging over the entrance to the exhibition hall, banners for featured fall books.
Headed back to the hotel, so I could download pictures, work on the blog, and rest for a little before going out tonight. I did take time to do one thing, though, that I hadn't yet done in NYC. I found a cart, and bought a pretzel from a vendor. I hadn't yet had a NYC pretzel. (Didn't eat much, just wanted to try it, but it was cheaper than the bottled water from the Javits Center. The water was $3. 50.)
|With Sally Bissell and Maryellen Woodside|
|Jessica Girlando, Sally Bissell, Me, Maryellen Woodside|