May 29, 2009
The great thing about NY is the people. I walk most of the way to the BEA passing an older couple with their adopted Chinese girl who is just adorable. I see lots of Jamaican women or other Islanders with expensively dressed white babies who they are strolling about. In Los Angeles, these would be Latinas with the babies. Dog walkers, homeless people, people selling hotdogs and gyros. I like the energy. Here at BEA, there’s a lot of action. My man John Irving was here reading. Lots of applause for him. Also Cornel West was reading. Crazy applause for him. I called Jared just to show off that I was looking at Cornel. Jared was suitably impressed.
I hope we sell some books here. Or something. Make some connections? Have some fun? Go to some cool parties…. It’s all good. A lot of reviewers come by the booth: Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly. I’m thinking having a booth at BEA is a good thing.
BEA was busy and fun, then off to dinner with Naseem Rakha and our fabulous board member Nancy Boutin at Pepolinio. Such great Italian food. We never go out for great Italian food in Los Angeles except once a year when we can afford Angelina Osteria. This was divine. I had the fennel salad and the calamari, so yummy. Nancy is crazy cool and we were also with Laurie one of the Los Angeles Review poetry editors and her husband Doug. Good times. Good wine. Great crème brulee. We toasted poetry and life.