Saturday, May 31, 2008

BEA Day 1

Swag scored so far:
The Girl on the Fridge by Etger Keret
The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson
Beijing Coma by Ma Jian
Here Comes Everybody by Clay Sharkin
Close to Jedenew by Kevin Vennemann

Dinners attended:
The Water Grill (soft shell crab was a highlight)
Blue Velvet (tattooed waiters, Kobe beef, swanky outdoor pool)
Cicada (who knew an indoor space could be entirely guilded!)

As usual, the German Collective Stand was buzzing with activity throughout the day. Kevin Vennemann signed nearly 80 books at our booth yesterday. He was certainly a crowd-pleaser (I searched for a good picture of him online, but he's better looking in person). At the end of the day, we held a champagne reception, during which I made by directorial debut interviewing party-goers and capturing the merriment on film.

During set-up, I was excited that we were right next to the Kindle booth. This has turned out to be a disappointment. They don't have any Kindles at the Kindle booth. A couple guys will demonstrate one for you if you ask. Lame. I was expecting an Apple Store set-up of rows and rows of Kindles. There was also a rumor that Jeff Bezos was going to make a surprise announcement yesterday afternoon. That rumor was false. He gave a presentation that, according to attendees, was boring. Kindle and Amazon are not impressing anyone right now.

Lastly, if anyone has a favorite memory or impression of the Frankfurt Book Fair that they would like to contribute to our video project, come by booth #2825 or leave a comment with your name and company.


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