BookExpo America (BEA)

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend BookExpo America for the first time. This year BEA ran at the Javits Center for three days, allowing librarians, booksellers, retailers, and book industry professionals many opportunities to interact with authors and publishers and find out more about new and upcoming adult, YA, and children’s fiction and non-fiction titles.

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I was able to pick up a number of new and buzzworthy books including The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson, The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack, ‘Til the Well Runs Dry by Lauren Frances-Sharma, Bastards: A Memoir by Mary Anna King (pub. date: 6/22), and The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs.

In the afternoon, I gave my feet a rest during the ReadingGroupGuides.com 4th Annual Book Group Speed Dating Event. During the event, representatives from 27 publishers shared their fall and winter picks for book clubs and distributed galleys for many of the titles discussed, providing me with some great selections for upcoming meetings of the library’s R.E.a.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) Book Discussion Group.

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By the end of the day I had the biggest suitcase I own filled with great hardcover titles, signed galleys, and other book-related giveaways for the library’s collection and for this year’s Adult Summer Reading Program (stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more info!). I am so glad I had the chance to go, especially since next year’s BEA will be held in Chicago.

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