BookPeople Goes to BEA

This week a group of BookPeople put on their city boots and headed out to the Big Apple for the publishing industry’s big annual conference/party/let’s see how many authors we can spot in one day challenge, Book Expo America. This is where the publishers show off all of the books they’re publishing in the next year while people in the book business wander the cavernous Javits center collecting free schwag, standing in line for author signings, and speculating on what’s going to be the next Big Book. (I’ll cut the suspense – this year it’s The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, who will be here at BookPeople in October. More to come on her later.)

Our BookPeople correspondents have been texting, tweeting and emailing their reports back to home base all week. Here’s some of what they saw:

Hi, Ellen!  If you’re looking for a great place to stop on a book tour this fall for your upcoming memoir, we know of an awesome indie in Austin, Texas that’d love to have you…..(hint: it’s us.)  Have your people email our people. We’ll throw a dance party in your honor!

Kids’ Book Buyer Meghan hangin’ with Judy Moody author Megan MacDonald and the young actress who will play Judy in the upcoming movie. We’re really hoping Meghan stuffed enough pink feather boas in her suitcase for all of us.

Just another day at BEA:  Margaret Atwood and Joan Didion chatting at the Knopf party. Atwood’s new book this fall is In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination. Look for Didion’s Blue Nights, her first book since Year of Magical Thinking and about her daughter Quintana, in November.

Somewhere along the way there was also a party on the Intrepid with Tyra Banks and Christopher Paolini, and a dinner with Dave Barry where no one spilled anything on anyone’s lap.

And to those BookPeople on the plane right now snacking on peanuts and sipping soft drinks while the Manhattan skyline shrinks into the distance for another year, those of us who did not get to spend a party-fun-time week in New York had ten times more fun right here at home talking to award-winning authors, making videos about books we love, and celebrating National Short Story Month.

Welcome home, guys.

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