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BookExpo America 2009: A Photo Journal (Part 1)

My Facebook and Twitter friends knew that on Friday I was in a panic. BookExpo 2009 was happening and the Bowllan’s Blogger wasn’t there. But thanks to one of my blog gurus, Dan Blank, he was able to get me a press pass pretty darn quickly. Go, Dan!  
Amy Bowllan
So yesterday I was able to spend the entire day at the Jacob Javitz Center in NYC and here’s a sneak peek at my photo journal, which is only the tip of my BookExpo iceberg. I’ll be blogging about my findings for some time to come and just so you know, the photos are in order of occurrence. I apologize in advance for the blurry and not so bright ones – my blackberry is to blame ;), but you will get a good sense of the interesting authors I was fortunate to be able to chat with.  
First stop….
 ^ This first picture was a tough one to take, since I was trying to photograph a banner that was not easy to see from behind me.  Hence the weird expression on my face.

As soon as I entered, I was greeted by "Elvis" who was singing Love Me Tender. He also WHERE'S ELVIS and many others...illustrations by Daniel Lalic text Xavier Waterkeyn, New Holland Publishers, September 2009.had a book on display, WHERE’S ELVIS and many others…illustrations by Daniel Lalic text Xavier Waterkeyn, New Holland Publishers, September 2009.
WHERE’S ELVIS and many others is one of those books who through its illustrations, can teach students about recent historical events, while adults will be able to analyze the details in the TONE DEAF IN BANGKOK by Janet Brown (ThingsAsian Press 2008)illustrations and understand the hidden meanings. It’s a win win for both the young and the vintaged.
   Next stop, TONE DEAF IN BANGKOK by Janet Brown (ThingsAsian Press 2008).  Janet explained to me how living in Bangkok changed her life forever. Her hope is to bridge the gap between the east and the west, and expose the future generations of the "secrets" she was able to uncover and appreciate having traveled and lived in Asia. 

More later…


  1. A''s mom says:

    A!! Watched a Book Panel on “Bobby Jones “Let’s Talk Church” on Sunday & a few books looked special but one which inspired me to start my “memoirs” — “Over the River & Thru the Woods: Harriet Tubman” by JP Miller? I hope I have it correct but so grateful you got to that expo!!Keep the “Enlightenment Fires Burning!!” love momma

  2. A''s mom says:

    So proud of your “life giving” enthusiasm A+!!! Love momma

  3. Okay, I’m jealous. Am I the only SLJ blogger not located near NYC? Even Joyce can journey easily to Book Expo by train. I’ll have to continue blogging from my more rural environment. Just in case any one wants to provide me with free passes and stuff to book reviews, I’m ready. Have digital camera, will travel.

  4. Amy Bowllan says:

    –Diane, YOU would have been in heaven! Anytime you are in NY, let me know. I would love to meet you in person.

    –Thanks, Mom, for the compliments.

  5. Janet Brown says:

    Dear Amy-
    Thank you so much for chatting about Tone Deaf in Bangkok! I am very grateful!

  6. Amy Bowllan says:

    Thank you, Janet! I really enjoyed our conversation, and meeting YOU. 🙂