My one day at BEA was a madcap romp of authorlove, librarianlove, booksellerlove, publisherlove, free books and aching shoulders, straining under the weight of totebags filled with with ARCs and other weighty but worthy goodies.
And speaking of totebags, here is my long overdue shout-out to SafeSax.com. Some of you may have heard about the Teen Author Prom, the very fun benefit thrown by teen authors for Advocates for Youth.org. So not only did I get to dress up, dance and party with teen author pals while raising money for a worthy cause — I won the door prize! And the door prize was this!
It is a condom totebag, made and sold by www.safesax.com. Here's how they describe their mission:
We hope to create a worldwide movement with the goal of eradicating the world of AIDS and other STDs.
Our line of bags, purses, and accessories are intended to make a positive statement, raise awareness, and reduce the stigmatism [sic] associated with the discussion of safe sex.
I'm pretty sure they mean stigma, by the way — safe sex does NOT cause (or cure) vision problems! I'm just saying.
Anyway, my new prized possession has already accompanied me to several personal appearances, including the Princeton Teen Book Bash, the Otis Library, and most recently the Jacob Javits Center for a day hauling bookswag at BEA. The tote performed bravely, and provided a safe and cozy home for one of my favorite freebies of the day - Knuffle Bunny Too, by the pigeontastic Mo Willems.
The lovely Betsy Bird, divine children's librarian at the Donnell, captured the debut of the henceforth-to-be-known-as Knuffle Kondom bag on her digital picturetaker and posted the photo on her blog — but I am (temporarily, I hope) having trouble getting her blog to load up without flummoxing my browser, so I can't show you her picture here. Perhaps you will have better luck — it's http://fusenumber8.blogspot.com. Scroll down to her BEA entry and enjoy!