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Book Expo 2018 – Day Two

June 14, 2018

Julie and I got up bright and early on Thursday and headed to the Javits Center for Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing BEA Author + Illustrator Breakfast.  The breakfast was wonderfully moderated by a bookseller and featured some great talent.  We were lucky enough to be seated at Deb Caletti’s table and she was quite charming.  We heard from these authors:

  • Sharon Draper’s new book BLENDED is about a mixed race girl struggling with her parents’ divorce.
  • Tony DiTerlizzi has a gorgeous picture book coming out called THE BROKEN ORNAMENT that is sure to become a holiday classic.
  • Angela DiTerlizzi’s adorable new book, JUST ADD GLITTER, celebrates creativity.  The glitter is embedded in the book and won’t get all over your house.
  • Deb Caletti’s latest book, A HEART IN A BODY IN THE WORLD, is the story of a young girl who literally tries to run from a trauma in her past.
  • Matthew Van Fleet shared the creative process in creating his novelty books.  His newest, CHOMP GOES THE ALLIGATOR, is about numbers and counting.
  • Portrait artist Leah Tinari has written LIMITLESS, a book about 24 groundbreaking American women, featuring a portrait of each one.  The pages are hand-lettered and stenciled in this fabulous book.
  • The Fan Brothers have created OCEAN MEETS SKY, a beautiful picture book about a boy who tries to find a place his grandfather has described, where the ocean meets the sky.

Once the breakfast was over, we headed to the show floor and went straight to the autographing area to get an autographed copy of THE SHORTEST WAY HOME (Dutton; 7/31/2018) by Miriam Parker.  We’ve both read, and loved, the book and wanted an autographed copy to keep.

Next we headed to the publishers booths to speak to publicists about upcoming titles.  In no particular order, a few of the titles I’m excited about are:

  • SMALL FRY by Lisa Brennan-Jobs (Grove Atlantic; 9/4/2018) is a memoir from the daughter of Steve Jobs.
  • UNSHELTERED by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper; 10/16/2018) is the story of Willa, a middle aged woman trying to reinvent herself after the magazine she works for closes, who discovers “a kindred spirit” from the past when she researches her home’s history.
  • CONVENIENCE STORE WOMAN by Sayaka Murata (Grove Atlantic; 6/12/2018) tells the story of Keiko, a young woman who takes a job in a convenience store when she’s a college student and finds herself still working there 18 years later.
  • SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT by Tena Clark (Simon & Schuster; 10/2/2018) is a memoir about growing up in the south in the 1960s with a beloved maid.
  • PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster; 9/4/2018) is a timely YA book about gun violence.
  • AMERICAN PRISON by Shane Bauer (Penguin Press; 9/18/2018) is an undercover look at private prisons in the US.

We decided we needed a break from books and, at the recommendation of a friend of Vance’s, headed to As Is.  After that, we met Dawn of The Concord Bookshop.  We were happy to catch up with her over a lovely dinner at Scarlatto and then the three of us went to see A Bronx Tale.  We were thrilled to see Chazz Palminteri play the role of Sonny.  After a nightcap, we headed back to our hotel for the night.


17 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2018 8:11 am

    Lovely Day 2 for you.

  2. June 14, 2018 9:30 am

    The combination of books and Broadway musicals sounds like a dream.

  3. June 14, 2018 11:18 am

    What a great day you had! So cool that you got a signed copy of Parker’s book!

  4. Patty permalink
    June 14, 2018 11:32 am

    Total awesome fun! Plus great books!

  5. June 14, 2018 11:49 am

    You had wonderful days there! Great list of books and activities.

  6. June 14, 2018 1:18 pm

    Sounds so exciting.

  7. June 14, 2018 6:19 pm

    Kathy, you brought back some great sounding books! I’m glad you were able to attend the Book Expo.

  8. June 14, 2018 7:13 pm

    I’m excited about the new Kingsolver book, too!

  9. June 15, 2018 3:46 am

    Still so jealous 😀

  10. June 15, 2018 8:20 am

    I had such a wonderful time. I think the S&S breakfast was one of the highlights. So much talent in one room!

  11. June 15, 2018 9:36 am

    I hope to be there next year.

  12. June 15, 2018 12:04 pm

    Sounds like a great time! I love how you and Julie always mix the book expo with NYC fun

  13. June 15, 2018 12:11 pm

    Thanks Kathy for sharing your trip with us. This second day sounds wonderful. I’m glad to hear that Barbara Kingsolver has a new one coming out, plus I picked up a couple of other books I want to check out. Thanks again.

  14. June 15, 2018 1:22 pm

    I’ve got Unsheltered and I am really looking forward to it. Yay, for Miriam and her book!!! I’m glad you could get an autographed copy too.

  15. June 15, 2018 2:19 pm

    What a wonderful day and I’ve added a number of those books to my TBR so thank you!

  16. June 15, 2018 3:28 pm

    Looking forward to the Barbara Kingolver novel. Sounds like such a great time.

  17. June 25, 2018 4:06 am

    That picture of Miriam with her book! So many feels. Impressive you still go to this after all these years!

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