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Hi Writers,
Well, I'm back home in Cincy where the lights are a little less bright than NY, but at least they let you sleep occasionally.

This was my third trip to BEA and I have to say, the crowds seemed more enormous than ever this year. This bodes well for the publishing industry, I suppose. But it was difficult to grab the galleys I wanted including Tom Perrotta's new book, The Abstinence Teacher and Alice Sebold's new novel, The Almost Moon. Oh well, made for a lighter suitcase on the trip home.

I ran into lots of agents at the show this year including the always delightful Katharine Sands, agent and author of the book Making a Perfect Pitch.

I also got to meet bestselling author Luanne Rice, who showed up at the TOW book signing to support her lovely assistant Sarah Walker. Sarah was signing the galleys for her upcoming Really You've Done Enough, a book of satirical advice for parents of "grown-up" children. Also signing was Jason Roeder, author of Oh, the Humanity, a book of humorous advice for the socially inept.

As I mentioned previously, whiskey shots were served at the signing and yes, many shots were imbibed along with the literary offerings. I did not, as promised, drink enough whiskey to encourage me to start showing my Strunk & White tattoo. But I did indulge in one small, baby shot to show my support of Sarah and Jason's literary efforts. At any rate, both of these books are hilarious and they'll be available in the fall, so stay tuned. I'll let you know when they're for sale.

After the show, Sarah, Jason, Kevin Alexander, John Warner (TOW Books bigshot and editor of McSweeney's Internet Tendency) and I all walked down to the nearby Chelsea district, mostly because I wanted to go to Sebastian Junger's restaurant, the Half King Bar.

Here's the scene from our table: Two writers tossing about clever bon mots about male models, one is nodding and smiling ironically, one completely ignoring the conversation in favor of the televised baseball game, and the last has eyes glued on the door, waiting, hopelessly for Sebastian Junger to walk in.

I'll let you guess which one I was.

Until next time...

Keep Writing,

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