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Thursday, June 4th, 2015 09:54 am
Exactly one week ago today I was on the train to day 1 of Book Expo. I went in my librarian secret identity, not as an author. I had a blast.

I will sum up the highlights:

- I got to meet Sandra Boynton, who, in case you haven't heard of her, writes children books, such as 'Not the Hippopotamus.' I've read quite a few of her works to my son, and it was amazing to tell her how much those books meant to us.

- We frequently hopped on short autograph lines, and I met many new authors this way. I think the most hilarious was when we got in line for Kristan Higgins who was signing next to Dr. Ruth. Dr. Ruth had an overflow line that went back 5 or 6 rows. Ms Higgins cracked jokes and was completely lovely about the whole thing. I will have to check out some of her works.

- One of the things I really wanted to do was meet the creators of the podcast "Welcome to Nightvale." Luckily I got on line a half hour early, and was only in the 2nd overflow row. Of course, by the time I made it up to meet them, I was so flustered I had no idea what to say.

And this was all just the first day! There were train shenanigans going home, which was unfortunate, but we did it again Friday. By Friday we were just not up to waiting a half hour in line, so we didn't get quite as many authors. I did meet some old friends, and really wanted to stay longer. I felt that even after 2 days we'd barely scratched the surface. But, it was Friday, and so we took an early train home.