Fast Food at BEA

It’s a challenge at every conference — finding something decent to eat near the host city’s convention center. That’s why I love the Rough Guide list of favorites near the LA Convention Center published in today’s Shelf Awareness. You can, of course, eat in the Convention Center, but as the article so aptly puts it,

at a certain point that semi-fresh Cinnamon Chip Scone is going to look less like a viable lunch option and more like an impromptu boomerang to knock out that annoying suit who just walked off with your triple-grande soy latte.

And, while you’re thinking about BEA, take a look at the site; many new listings have been added. I hate to encourage you to take time away from the show floor for programs (that’s so ALA), but a few of the non-librarian-track offerings caught my eye (check LJ‘s listing for “librarian-friendly” programming):

BEA Editors Buzz
8:30AM – 9:30AM (Friday, May 30, 2008)
BEA’s changed to time of this annual event. It’s a great opportunity to hear the buzz where it begins, with a book’s editor.

What Americas Latino Voices are ReadingAnd Why
2:30PM – 3:15PM (Friday, May 30, 2008)
Panelists are not named, but the BEA listing says they will include “educators, booksellers, librarians and community organizers.”

Childrens Books for Latino Voices of the Future
3:15PM – 4:15PM (Friday, May 30, 2008)
BEA’s description — “Hear from Oscar Hijuelos, author of Dark Dude (Simon & Schuster), Monica Brown, author of Pele, King of Soccer, (Rayo/HarperCollins) and Cheech Marin, author of Captain Cheech, who will share with booksellers and librarians the inspiration for reaching out to booklovers of all ages with their upcoming children’s/YA Titles of interest to younger Latino audiences.”

Sunday, June 1, 2008, 12:00PM – 2:00PM

Meet The Bestsellers! Get Signed Copies of Their Books and Enjoy a Free Lunch (Room 403AB)
This program features Dean Koontz and Michael Connelly, but I’ll be going to hear the moderator, USA Today reviewer, Carol Memmott. BEA says seating is limited, so first come, first served.

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