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BEA Recap, Hooray!

So, BEA! Wow.
I wish I could recap more eloquently, but I'm still half brain-dead from a couple dozen miles walked all over Manhattan (ow my feet), Friday's cross-coastal flight home, and a full-body adrenaline hangover. And also, from Teen Author Carnival Monday, which was indescribably awesome.

after my teen author carnival panel with sarah enni, phoebe north, (me), emilia plater, and kaitlin
Kaitlin Ward and I stayed together in a hostel in Chelsea, because we were feeling adventurous. It was just fine, as far as hostels go, and honestly not much of an adventure.

me (kirsten hubbard) and kaitlin at a chelsea starbucks. hi there!
Unlike our late-evening subway ride from downtown to visit Kody Keplinger's new Washington Heights apartment -- which turned out to be wrong subway, as discovered by the YOU ARE HERE on the station's map, right in the center of the Bronx. But all in good fun! Like the entire conference, which included meeting TONS of friends....

sumayyah daud, kaitlin, me, sarah, phoebe and emilia

...and also early mornings camped out in line, joyous ARC-snagging, accidental free donut lines (thanks, Harper!), Hell's Kitchen thai food (see photo above), and seeing YAH friends like Michelle Hodkin (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer), Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me) and Kody Keplinger (Shut Out) soar.

kaitlin, kody and me at kody's signing. behind kaitlin: joanna stampfel-volpe, kody's agent. behind me: kate sullivan, her editor.
And of course, meeting SO MANY amazing book bloggers! I loved putting faces to names, and to blog names. Everyone was so enthusiastic and wonderful.

Anyway, we have tons and tons of AWESOME ARCs, just in time for YA Highway's Second Anniversary Giveaway. Keep an eye out for it!

part of kaitlin's ARC stash!

me and phoebe perched on our ARC boxes in what seemed like an imaginative pose at the time
If you didn't make it to BEA, I hope to see you at ALA in New Orleans next month. And if not there -- someplace else! :)
Kirsten Hubbard

Kirsten is the author of Like Mandarin, Wanderlove, and the middle grade novel Watch the Sky.

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  1. I so enjoy reading everyone's posts about BEA! Looks like a ton of fun.

  2. This post is happiness squared. <3

  3. Looks like you had an incredible time! Sooo jealous.

  4. looks like you guys had a great time. look forward to your post BEA posts :)

  5. Ok, now I'm really mad I didn't go :( JEALOUS!

  6. i think I just fell in love with her.

  7. if it wasn't in the middle of the school term. I think I'll be there, the year I stop teaching.

    Looks like you had a blast.

  8. Oh WOW how amazing & those shiny books - SWOON :D

  9. wow, BEA looks like such an amazing time! It's definitely one of my goals to make it to one eventually! :]

  10. How am I so late in seeing this?! Lovely recap, and I wouldn't have been able to say much either--whirlwind!! It was so amazing to meet the YAH crew <3 <3


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