New York City: I made it!
And I'm back home safely, and ALMOST recovered from such a big trip with so much walking around in such a loud and gigantic city. BookExpo and BookCon were a wonderful experience, though. Thanks to the marketing efforts of my publisher, Central Avenue Publishing, and their distributor, IPG, we had long lines of people at both conferences (the Expo and the Con) who wanted a signed copy of All the Better Part of Me. We gave away every single one--even I don't have a print copy right now. So I owe a huge thank you to everyone involved, attendees to organizers and all those in between, for making it such a book-loving good time.
Now what you really want: tourist photos from my first time in New York City! Considering I was only there six days, I managed to see a lot of The Important Things (though it took an exhausting amount of walking and subway trips).
The short list:
The New York Public Library (where the Ghostbusters find symmetrical book stacking and a free-floating full-torso vaporous apparition):
The bright lights of Times Square and Broadway (I saw two shows with two very different moods: Tootsie and King Lear):
And by the way, after King Lear I got Ruth Wilson's autograph (she was Cordelia and the Fool), and got to tell her she's my favorite Jane Eyre, which is 100% true:
The High Line, abandoned elevated train tracks turned into a public walkway and gardens:
The Statue of Liberty via the Staten Island Ferry (the cost-free way to do it):
Museum of Modern Art for a date with Vincent:
Central Park at nightfall, and more importantly, the building on Central Park West where Dana lives in Ghostbusters, with the "nobody steps on a church in my town" church next to it:
The Cloisters, gorgeous collection of medieval European art and pieces of architecture:
And I'll stop with the photo-spamming there, but I did also visit Chinatown, Little Italy, Strand Books, Washington Square, and a lot of other places in my roaming around. Many thanks to those of you who sent suggestions on what to see--and extra-special thanks to my in-person guides, Jed, Rich, and Katy, who took some time off to show me around the city! It was a trip I'll always remember. Even though I didn't see a rat dragging a slice of pizza down the subway stairs. (Only saw one rat! And it was in Central Park.)
By the way, if you check out my Instagram, you can see lots more photos if you do want them.
I hope you have wonderful summer trips planned (or winter, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere), with as few rats as possible, but WITH excellent pizza (which I did have) and beautiful art.
All the best,