Monday, May 23, 2011

Hello, Armchair BEA 2011!

Happy Armchair BEA 2011!
Last year, I was able to spend the week in New York City attending Book Expo America and the first ever Book Blogger Convention. This year, I'm thrilled to participate in Armchair BEA, a celebration for book bloggers who can't make it to New York this year.

Why am I staying home? Because this time next week, I'll be loading the U-Haul and hitting the road to move to Iowa. Instead of rubbing elbows with bloggers, publishers, and authors this week, I'll be elbow deep in packing boxes and busy saying goodbye to the wonderful friends I've made in Albany, a city I've come to truly love. Yes, Armchair BEA will be a lovely distraction from this emotional week and remind me of all the wonderful bookish people who will still be there next week.

Who am I? I'm an academic librarian in the midst of moving from the northeast back to my beloved Midwest. I love to read, and I'm mostly into literary fiction, literature prize lists and mysteries. I'm also an extrovert who really enjoys talking to people about books, so book blogging is the perfect outlet for me. I'm a huge supporter of the Orange Prize, even though moving twice in the past two months (the first time across town and this time half-way across the country) has severely cut into my reading and reviewing time, so I'm not even through the shortlist, yet alone the longlist this year. I also adore independent films, and can be found at my local independent cinema several times a week during the flurry of awards season (whether it's books or films, I love to be part of the awards conversation.) When I'm not moving, traveling, reading or watching movies, I also love to eat adventurously (and somewhat snobbishly) and drink good wine. I've spend ten years working in great restaurants, and my tastebuds are spoiled. I watch a fair amount of tv too, and I'll be posting about some of my favorite shows in the coming weeks.

What else is coming up this week? Tomorrow there will tons of giveaways on the Armchair BEA site. Here, I'll be talking about the upcoming titles I would be clamoring for if I were at BEA. Wednesday, I'll be interviewing my partner in Indie Lit Awards Fiction judging, Lyndsey from Amused, Bemused and Confused. I'll also be posting a review of Isabel Allende's Daughter of Fortune. Thursday I'll be talking about publishing imprints, and how my awareness of them has increased as a blogger. Friday, I'll be talking about blogging. Have questions for me? I'll be answering those here too. You can leave them in a comment, email me (, or tweet me.

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  1. I'm a big fan of the Orange prize as well, though I haven't been able to read as many of the books as I wish to. Still, I love perusing through the shortlists and the longlists and getting some good options.

  2. I know what you mean; I've barely made a dent in Orange Prize books this year.

    Good luck on your move!

  3. Carrie, you're another blogger I am selfishly glad is doing Armchair BEA -- I'm really looking forward to your posts. Good luck with the packing -- may this be a useful distraction when you need an excuse to sit down! ;)

  4. Hi Carrie!

    Great taste in books! I haven't read many Orange list books but those I have, I've loved. Literary Fiction is one of my favorite genres and I've always read mysteries. I don't specifically read literature prize lists but I have read several Pulitzer winners and have a lot og Booker prize winners in my tbr stack.

    I am a huge fan of independant movies...if I'm not going out to see them or renting them from Netflix I'm watching them from Netflix's instant streaming list!

    Good luck with your move, I hope all goes well.

    Have a fun week & I'll be back later in the week to read your Armchair BEA posts!

  5. Hey, fellow traveler!

    Caught your link on the ArmchairBEA site and thought I'd stop by and say hi.


  6. Good luck with packing! It is such a pain but luckily you have Armchair BEA as a wonderful distraction.

    On behalf of the Armchair BEA organizers, we hope you have a blast this week!

  7. Hmm, I guess that's a good excuse for missing BEA! Good luck with packing and moving!


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