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Book Expo 2019 – Day One

June 6, 2019

Once again, I was lucky enough to attend Book Expo and Julie, of Booking Mama fame, was kind enough to room with me.  We arrived in New York bright and early (I had to get up at 3:45am to catch my flight) on Wednesday, May 29 and, after checking into our hotel and grabbing a quick bite to eat, we headed over to the Javits Center.  We got our badges and headed to the show floor.  It was only open a half day on Wednesday so it wasn’t too crowded but, to me, it seemed smaller and less vibrant than in years past.  One of the early panels is Editor’s Buzz and it’s always exciting to see the books editors believe will be big.  This year’s titles seem to be dark and literary.

  • HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES by Saeed Jones (Simon & Schuster; October 8, 2019) is a memoir by a gay, southern, black man struggling to find his place in the world.
  • MY DARK VANESSA by Kate Elizabeth Russell (Harper Collins; January 28, 2020) is a debut novel about the relationship between a 15 year old girl and her male teacher.  It’s already been sold in 24 countries.
  • THE SECRETS WE KEPT by Lara Prescott (Knopf; September 17, 2019) is a fictional account of two secretaries who become spies for the CIA during the Cold War.
  • SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid (Putnam; January 7, 2020) tells the story of an African American nanny who takes her young white charge to an upscale grocery store.  A security guard notices the pair, assumes the child has been kidnapped, and calls the police.
  • UNCANNY VALLEY by Anna Weiner (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux; January 14, 2020) is the author’s memoir of leaving publishing to move to Silicon Valley to work for a start-up in the tech industry.
  • THE WAREHOUSE by Rob Hart (Crown; August 20, 2019) is a science fiction thriller set in a “live-work” facility of a tech company.

From the Javits, we headed over to Nobu to meet up with Miriam Parker, associate publisher at Ecco and author of THE SHORTEST WAY HOME, which comes out in paperback on June 25th!  Seeing Miriam is always a pleasure and our time together just flew by.  We were so busy catching up, we didn’t get a picture of the three of us, but Miriam did snap this one of Julie and me.

We ended the evening by seeing The Cher Show on Broadway.  We had fantastic seats and both thought the show was a lot of fun.

Book Expo 2019 Day One • Book Expo 2019 Day TwoBook Expo 2019 Day Three

23 Comments leave one →
  1. June 6, 2019 7:29 am

    What fun! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your time in NYC.

  2. June 6, 2019 8:16 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun 🙂 And those books do seem to be rather dark (and hopefully twisty), which I love. Thanks for sharing!

  3. June 6, 2019 8:20 am

    BEA is such fun! So glad you all could go!

  4. Lloyd Russell permalink
    June 6, 2019 9:25 am

    I keep saying “Next year…” But, once again, I’m not there. Have a great time. I’m extremely jealous.

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    On Thu, Jun 6, 2019 at 1:00 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Once again, I was lucky enough to attend Book Expo > and Julie, of Booking Mama fame, was kind enough to room with me. We > arrived in New York bright and early (I had to get up at 3:45am to catch my > flight) on Wednesday, May 29 and, after checking into ” >

  5. June 6, 2019 11:13 am

    I love hearing about Book Expo and living vicariously through your experiences. I wish it was a different time as it is always the end of the school year and my mom’s birthday. Maybe one year I’ll go any way…

  6. June 6, 2019 11:26 am

    Thanks for sharing, Kathy. I look forward to these posts every year!

  7. June 6, 2019 1:19 pm

    Wow. Those do sound like dark reads and of course, I find myself drawn to them.

  8. June 6, 2019 2:25 pm

    Yay! what a wonderful place to be. Ooo, The Warehouse looks like a good one. Enjoy BEA!

  9. June 6, 2019 4:06 pm

    I would love to go 😀

  10. June 6, 2019 4:13 pm

    I love these posts every year! It looks lile a lot of fun. Maybe on year I’ll decide to go.

  11. June 6, 2019 6:05 pm

    How great for you! Lovely books…and Cher!

  12. Diane permalink
    June 6, 2019 6:29 pm

    Love the sound of these! Great pic too; sounds like you had fun.

  13. June 6, 2019 10:58 pm

    Such a lovely day. Waiting for the next instalment.

  14. June 6, 2019 11:44 pm

    How fun! How many years have you been going? Great picture of the two of you!

  15. Literary Feline permalink
    June 7, 2019 6:15 pm

    What fun! I am glad you were able to go again, Kathy, and had a great time.

  16. June 10, 2019 12:20 pm

    sounds like another great trip for the both of you.

  17. bookingmama permalink
    June 10, 2019 3:55 pm

    Awww… we had such a great day, didn’t we?

  18. June 11, 2019 10:50 am

    Such a great time! Books…and Broadway, too. Nothing better, right?

  19. cherylmash permalink
    June 11, 2019 5:12 pm

    Looks like you had fun. I keep telling myself that one day I will attend!!!!

  20. The Cue Card permalink
    June 13, 2019 2:54 pm

    Wow what a terrific day and rundown of the Expo! Thanks! Love it.

  21. June 14, 2019 8:38 pm

    Love the pic and and hearing about your experiences. It’s fun hearing about it from you and from my friend at Norton. Different perspectives. Of course, I’m completely jealous at all the stuff you manage to do while you’re there!

  22. Rhonda permalink
    June 18, 2019 7:01 am

    So many wonderful books sounds like such a fun time.

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