First Bite of the Apple

Remember moving into the dorm as a freshman? Moving into the Javits Center Monday was like that, except for the New York traffic (I need a video game where I can blow up NY cabs and buses), the blitz of construction for Expo booths that will be torn down just three days from now, and a bit of the discomfit David felt while preparing for his showdown with Goliath.

You may remember that basketball great Wilt Chamberlain once complained that no one ever rooted for Goliath. Wilt, who stood 7-1, didn’t try to write a book until he had a lot of, ahem, fame under his belt. It would have been a different story had he shown up one year at the Book Expo as an unknown author amid a sea of famous writers and publishers.

But no complaints here. This is fun; literary energy is flowing like adrenaline in the fourth quarter of a tight game. As at the dorm freshman year, I met the neighbors, set up my space, and scoped out the best – or at least the closest – places to eat. I did not sleep there, but will be back before breakfast on Tuesday, side by side with Bella and a small team that will make it well worth the while of anyone who ventures by Booth 4780.


4 Comments so far »

  1. Jenny Milchman said,

    Wrote on May 24, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Hey, mu dorm *was* in NYC so I know exactly what you mean, complete with the traffic 🙂

    Best of luck, Davey. You & BELLA will show every Goliath out there…


  2. Amrita Khalid said,

    Wrote on May 24, 2011 @ 3:57 pm

    Good luck on there on your second day, Steve! The energy at the expo sounds amazing, and I do envy anyone who will get to read Bella for the first time.


    stevepiacente Reply:

    It was amazing, Amrita. Please continue checking the blog for more posts and the Bella FB page for photos.


  3. Charlotte Tomic said,

    Wrote on May 26, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    best of luck Steve! Hope you have fun at the book club this evening on LI! Charlotte


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