So there were blue state book publishers and red state book publishers present. The left wing book publishers would take our business card, staple it to a notebook and pencil in our mailing address and all relevant information. The right wing? They just scanned our badge into their nifty little machine. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere.
Publisher with distinct Scottish accent noted that this year’s BEA was ‘very Hollywood’. Meaning people would come up to his booth, pick up a book and then ask,”So what’s this about?”
We found the Lonely Planet booth on Sunday afternoon. We asked them if they had fielded Thomas Kohnstamm questions all weekend. They said,”Nope. You’re the first one.” Sweet.