I will have a recap of my recent trip to Book Expo America 2016 in a few days, in the meantime . . .
. . . the absolute highlight this year didn't take place at the expo at all; instead it was the 2016 Audies Gala, held at the Alder Planetarium in Chicago. I was invited to the gala because I was the Audio Publishers Association's Book Blogger of the Year (I still can't quite believe it)! The event was everything I dreamed of, and the members of the APA couldn't have been more welcoming to me and my roomie/plus-one, Sheila from the very popular blog Book Journey.
(I took the photo of the planetarium, but the rest of the photos were by Sheila or the official Audies photographer.)
Yes, that's me and Paula Poundstone; she was the emcee of the awards ceremony and kept us laughing for the entire show. Next are the people I hung out with all week at the actual book part of BEA (photo credit also to Kim):
I already miss Florinda (The 3 R's Blog) and Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) and Sheila (Book Journey). Hey guys, where are we going for breakfast?
More about the books later in the week.