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adventures at BEA

This is a list of great things that happened at BEA 2011, in no particular order, because they were all awesome:

1. I met Sarah Dessen (I stole this photo from her). You guys, she was SO nice, and so pretty, and also so homesick for her little girl but so happy to be at BEA (a feeling to which I could completely relate). I was very thrilled to have the chance to talk with her and completely forgot to tell her that my favorite book of hers (so far!) was JUST LISTEN. I hope I get to see her again, but I feel pretty darn lucky to have seen her once!

2. I had my first glimpse of the ARCs of CROSSED. I got teary. It’s a real book. A real book that is dear to me for so many reasons. Oh, how I hope you all love it.

3. There was a crazy long line for the ARCs at BEA. We even got a mention in this article in Publishers Weekly. And Penguin managed the line so well and kept people moving through so that we didn’t have people stuck waiting for hours and missing other things. It is thrilling to me that people are invested in Cassia’s journey and wanting to know what’s next.

4. My lovely, lovely editor took me to lunch at Serendipity, the most adorable place, and then we had frozen hot chocolate. And it was so, so nice to talk with someone so kind and intelligent over lunch like adults. I am really lucky to work with my editor. More proof? We also went to Dylan’s Candy Bar where I was able to get lots of extremely exciting gummy items for my kids–like gummy army men and gummy penguins–so that they weren’t mad at me anymore for leaving them. Do I look like a girl who has died and gone to heaven or what?

5. I got to be on an awesome panel with Scott Westerfeld, James Dashner, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Kate, and Ellen Hopkins. They were each just as cool as you’d hope they would be. And also just as funny and fun as you would expect.

6. I slept through the night for three straight nights. I don’t know how to overestimate the wonderfulness of this.

It’s good to be back, though. And there are many excellent bookish events going on in Utah this summer. This Saturday (June 4th) I’ll be signing from 2-4 p.m. at BYU in Provo for the Utah Book Festival (click on the Events page for more information). And, if you haven’t signed up yet for Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers, you can still register for the afternoon sessions! I’ll be giving the keynote address on Thursday, June 16th, and I’m very excited.

Okay. Back to work. I’ll see you here on Thursday–and I’ll answer some of the FAQ I’m getting about CROSSED.

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!




+ comments (30)
  • PenelopeLolohea
    May 31, 2011

    Looks like it was a great week! I love that photo with Sarah Dessen!

    I’m SO excited for Crossed!! 🙂



    • ally
      May 31, 2011

      Thank you, Penelope! It makes me so happy when people are looking forward to the book. I really appreciate it.



  • Rhiannon Ryder
    May 31, 2011

    Can I tell you how excited everyone in your line was for crossed and to meet you? And you think you were excited! It was great to meet you, however briefly, and I’m so glad you had a good time (it was so much fun!).



    • ally
      May 31, 2011

      Rhiannon, it was great to meet you too! I was seriously so giddy that you guys were willing to stand in line. Thank you for taking the time to be there!



  • Congrats! It sounds like you had a wonderful trip and I wish I could have been there! I am very excited for Crossed as well!

    I have to find some of those gummy penguins! I love penguins!



    • ally
      May 31, 2011

      Lisa, the gummy penguins do not disappoint. I couldn’t resist trying one myself. 😉



  • Kathryn Roberts
    May 31, 2011

    You are such a sweet mom. My kids would completely forgive me if I came home with a bag full of treats for them =). Glad you had a good time.



    • ally
      May 31, 2011

      Thanks, Kathryn! 🙂 It is amazing what a little candy can do.



  • Janine
    May 31, 2011

    I was one of those people in that crazy long line for Crossed at BEA! It was so great meeting you there, and I finished Crossed on Sunday. It was fantastic!

    Also, I am incredibly jealous of the picture of you and Sarah Dessen at BEA.



    • ally
      May 31, 2011

      Janine, I am SO thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the book! That makes my day. And thank you for being willing to wait in line too!



  • Katie
    May 31, 2011

    That’s so fun! I’m especially jealous that you met Sarah. Just Listen is my favorite too. I love the unlikely friendship between Annabel and Owen. He’s a sweetheart.



    • ally
      June 2, 2011

      Katie, I completely agree. I loved Owen and Annabel.



  • Liz
    May 31, 2011

    Both Serendipity and Dylan’s Candy Bar are awesome 🙂 I went there on my second-to-last visit to NYC.



    • ally
      June 2, 2011

      Liz! How are you doing? So good to see an Ithacan on here. 🙂



  • SusanStehle
    May 31, 2011

    JUST LISTEN is one of my faves of hers, too! Funnily enough, she was a total fangirl over Meg Cabot. I wonder who Meg Cabot was a fangirl of???

    Can’t wait for CROSSED!

    -S.



    • ally
      June 2, 2011

      Susan, that is a great question…I think we all get fangirly about someone, right?

      Thanks for the kind words about CROSSED!



  • Audra
    May 31, 2011

    Looks like BEA was a blast! So jealous of everyone that got a chance to go. And that purse of yours is fabulous! Love it.

    I saw that you’re on the list for the Smart Chicks Kick It tour- is it true? If so, I may have to start planning a mini road trip to Portland 🙂



    • ally
      June 2, 2011

      Audra, yes! I get to go to Portland for that stop of the Smart Chicks Tour. I’m so excited. Would love to see you!

      And thanks about the purse. I got it at TJ Maxx. 😉



  • AngieGodsey
    May 31, 2011

    I am sooo jealous of those who got to go to BEA. I live in Colorado and there was no way I was going to make it. 🙁 My group picked your book Matched for out book of the month for May. I am not sure if you are willing but if you could do a Q&A with my group that would be soooooo fun! So if you are interested stop by goodreads and contact me there. I am the moderator of the group. http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/3551.YA_Book_Club
    I can’t wait for Crossed!!
    Angie
    http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/3551.YA_Book_Club



  • warnagirl
    June 1, 2011

    I always enjoy reading your posts Ally. The “blue” on the site looks great and has got me even more excited for Crossed; which I didn’t think was possible. 🙂 I can’t think of a question to ask you right now, so I’ll just say, “I can’t wait until November!!!”



    • ally
      June 2, 2011

      I’m so glad you can’t wait until November! And thanks for the compliments on the blue. The fab designer of the banner, Rachel Coleman, updated it for me. She always does such a great job.



  • Barmy_Bex
    June 1, 2011

    Sounds like you had a blast. So wish I could have been there, I would have been at the front of the queue for ‘Crossed’ I am desperate to get my hands on that book. I have to know what Cassia does next.

    Any plans to ever come and do a signing/visit in the UK? Would love to meet you.

    😀



    • ally
      June 2, 2011

      I would love, love, love to come to meet you too! I hope to come to the UK! My best friend and her family live in London. My husband gets to come to the UK every summer for work. And I am always stuck here! 😉 Hopefully my UK publisher will decide to have me over sometime…that would be so awesome.

      So glad you are looking forward to CROSSED!



    • Barmy_Bex
      June 2, 2011

      Cool, lets hope you do get to come over. I’ll keep a look out for info. Thanks for replying 😀



  • Lari
    June 2, 2011

    Hello Ally!!!
    I am from Brazil, and here your book was published. I love this book, i am very anxious to read Crossed.



  • I was SO EXCITED I snagged an ARC of Crossed! Your line was CRAZY LONG but moved CRAZY FAST. It was seriously impressive.



  • Amanda
    June 28, 2011

    Just listen was my favorite too. Sarah dessen is another one of my favorite authors.




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