I am not attending the BEA this year, as I am a bit of a YA blogging newbie and had never heard of it, and I have to stay around to teach all of my awesome students. But, there is this awesome site called the Armchair BEA Central, where those of us left behind can imagine that we are there and participate (in some fashion) from the comfort of our couches.
To participate as an Armchair BEA attendee, all you need to do is subscribe to the posts in some way and blog about what you would do if you were there. Today, I'm going to list some of the authors that I'd want to meet/ have books signed by if I were at the actual event. Here the two top BEA participating authors that I'd want to meet:
Laurie Halse Anderson: I have been a huge fan of Anderson's work for many years. I've read pretty much all of her YA books and have taught Speak for a few years. I can't wait to read the next book in the Chains series, Forge. I bet that it'll be as moving and amazing as Chains was!
Teresa Giudice: Okay, this is going to seem like a weird choice for me because I mostly read YA books and I'm not looking to learn any new recipes, especially for Italian food. (I'm more of a spicy Asian/ Mexican food lover.) But, I am addicted to reality TV and Bravo's The Real Housewives shows in particular. I absolutely adore Teresa and think that she's like a cartoon character come to life. I would love to meet her in person, even if it meant buying her book, which I'm sure is just as fabulous as she it. It's called Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It—Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too! How could you not love that?