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Armchair BEA: Introductions

Leonicka Valcius: Armchair BEA: Introductions

Monday, June 4, 2012

Armchair BEA: Introductions

While most of my co-workers are having fun at Book Expo America in New York City, I’ll be sitting at home. Most likely in bed, wearing pajamas  and surrounded by my computer, my Blackberry, and lots of books. 

I’m at Armchair BEA.

All this week, book bloggers from across the interwebs will have their own virtual convention. And it starts with introductions:

Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
I’m not a book blogger. This isn’t even a book blog! I’m a young publishing professional in Toronto. I want to enable the dreams of writers. Right now I do that by editing. One day I’ll do that by agenting. (Or publishing… who knows?!) This blog is about 4 years old but its current purpose is to be a hub for my thoughts, adventures, and advice regarding the publishing industry.  Welcome!

What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
I’ve read some fabulous books so far but my top three would be Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam, and Salsa Nocturna by Daniel José Older. I’m currently reading manuscripts! But next on my pile is The Beauty of the Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb.

Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
The re-launched version of this site is still very new but check out this post about my (current) favorite children’s book! 

If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
This answer changes depending on which books I have read recently but I am always drawn to strong women. I’d love to break bread with Janie Crawford (Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston) and Aminata Diallo (The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill). Both of these women are remarkable in different ways and it would be a joy to learn from them.

What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
So many choices! I think I’d visit Hogwarts in the springtime. It’d be gorgeous with everything in bloom and the air just a little crisp. I’d spend hours in the library and then bring as many books as I could carry out to the lawn.  I would definitely get lost (my sense of direction is bad enough without shifting staircases) but then I could just take wander and take in all the history and beauty of the castle. Yup. I’d go to Hogwarts.

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Blogger Meagan said...

Hi Leonicka,

That's interesting about being involved with the publishing end of the business.
Good luck!

June 4, 2012 at 2:00 AM  
Blogger Rhonda's Doings said...

Oh, wow, my oldest daughter is currently working on a novel and I would love for you to be able to read it and give her some feedback. Let me know if that might be possible.

June 4, 2012 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger Maidenveil said...

If we're not in BEA, we're doing Armchair BEA! Hello, Leonicka!

I'd probably get lost in Hogwarts too, which by the way is also one of my picks for literary place I'd visit. Maybe we might end up in the room of requirement where we can get maps for our little adventure!

-Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

June 4, 2012 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Leonicka said...

Absolutely! Soon I'll have a page with my contact info and more about my editing. Feel free to refer her to this site.

June 4, 2012 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Perogyo said...

I've been reading you on Twitter for a very long time but never realized you had a blog until just now. Oh what a great find! Armchair BEA is a success for me already!

Good call on Hogwarts. I'd like to try a Butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks.

June 4, 2012 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Amanda @ Letters Inside Out said...

So awesome you edit and wish to move forward in that!

I'm of the I've-not-read-Harry-Potter group, but I do think it'd be fascinating to visit and explore the world!

June 4, 2012 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Love the simplicity of your blog design.

June 4, 2012 at 10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Half-Blood Blues is a great novel -- one of my favorites of last year.

And Aminata Diallo would be a wonderful dinner companion -- the stories that she could tell!

June 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Amanda @Stuck In YA Books said...

I too need to go to Hogwarts!! Its great to meet you!!

June 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Hi there! I think it's awesome that you're aspiring to be an agent or publisher! That's great!

June 4, 2012 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger LittleRed Reads said...

I was thinking about going into the field of editing and publishing but I think I'm switching majors to psychology.
It's so great to meet you!!
Hope you have a great Armchair BEA week!
Here's my post:

xo Stephanie

June 4, 2012 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Tasha B. said...

Hogwarts would be fun, but I think I'd prefer to visit it in winter, just because I love the scenes in the movies where everything looks so frozen and cold.

It's lovely to meet you! I hope you have a great week with Armchair BEA.

June 4, 2012 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Chrystal said...

Welcome to Armchair BEA! Very nice to meet you. :)

June 4, 2012 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Man of la Book said...

The publishing side, especially the marketing, is of special interest to me. Not that I deal with it, it's just is.

June 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM  

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