Last week I flew out to Book Expo in New York and spent some of the week meeting with authors, potential authors, agents and publishing colleagues to talk business, and swap advice and information about the latest trends in publishing.
Later this week I'll post on some of the trends, prognostications and informational seminars I heard, but for today, just a quick list of author and celebrity sightings. I don't do the celebrity sighting thing, and typically, I don't get star struck. But hey, it was a fun week.
First Night: A colleague and I, after a dinner with a designer friend from Random House went for a late night walk in Times Square. After seeing a few sights and crowd watching for a few minutes we turned down a side street. All of a sudden a bright yellow Lamborghini sidles up to a red light not five feet away from us.
I look right and notice that the man driving looks vaguely familiar. A group of guys standing nearby yell out "Hey Tracy!" and point at the car. The driver REVS the engine twice in ackowledgment. So I take a good look. Of course it's Tracy Jordan from the TV Shows 30 Rock and Scare Tactics, taking a young lady for a ride. I think he plays a ego-obsessed celebrity who drives around in a yellow Lamborghini on 30 Rock, and then, there he is, driving around in a yellow Lamborghini just off Times Square. Funny way to start the trip.
Next Morning: The next morning I shared breakfast with an author of ours at an upscale restaurant in Rockefeller Center. On the way to the breakfast spot at about 6:55 a.m. I spy a stage and a bunch of lighting set up on a side street near Rockefeller Center. But it's New York! No big deal, right? Then I hear a voice casting over the cool morning. A man's voice singing the Tear for Fears song "Mad World," very high, pitch-perfect and with incredible range.
If you watched American Idol this season, you might guess the singer's name immediately. Adam Lambert. Apparently Lambert and Kris Allen and others were doing an NYC concert for a pretty sizable morning crowd. I listened for a moment, only to turn away to go into my meeting. I didn't want to be late.
BEA: Walking around BEA from meeting to meeting, and popping into a few of the panels and sessions I saw China Mieville (I am currently reading The City & The City), Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaiman, James Ellroy (wow, this guy's is a spitfire!), Steven Tyler (yes, the lead singer of Aerosmith is now an author!), Sherman Alexie and Chris Anderson (of The Long Tail, and now Free).
Also, in terms of book news, I learned that Dave Eggers has three books releasing this year including The Wild Things (October), the screenplay for his new film called Away We Go (which I hope to see the moment it goes into wider release) and another one called Zeitoun (July), which is about a man in the aftermath of Hurricaine Katrina.
There was a lot more fun at BEA, but I'm hopping another plane for Texas this week so I must leave it at that for today.
As for you, what celebrities, writers, singers or TV stars would leave you starstruck? If any at all?