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Book Expo 2019 – Day Three

June 18, 2019

Our first order of business on Friday was a meeting with Kaitlyn at Sourcebooks to discuss their upcoming titles and there are some good ones!  I’m most excited about these books:

  • MOTHERHOOD SO WHITE by Nefertiti Austin (Septermber 24, 2019) is a memoir by an African American woman who chose to adopt an African American boy from the foster care system and was shocked by the reactions of others.
  • YALE NEEDS WOMEN by Anne Gardiner Perkins (September 10, 2019) is a nonfiction account of the first women to attend Yale University.
  • PRETTY GUILTY WOMEN by Gina Lamanna (September 3, 2019) is the only work of fiction on the list.  When a man is found dead at a wedding, four women come forward to confess to his murder and they all claim to have acted alone.

Julie (Booking Mama) and I left the Javits to meet up with one of our favorite authors, Adriana Trigiana, for coffee and pastries.  We love visiting with her and talked about books, movies, publishing, family, colleges, decorating, etc.  I don’t think there’s anything Adriana can’t do and I love the way she builds up others.  When we started talking about the lipstick she helps create and sells for her charity, The Origin Project, she gave us lipstick lessons –  I lesson I really needed!  Here we all wearing our lipstick:

After all that fun, it was back to the Javits.  We only had a little while to walk around but did manage to speak to a few people and pick up a few books.

Our last official Book Expo event was Book Group Speed Dating presented by Reading Group Guides.  This event is my favorite year after year.  At this event, everyone is assigned a seat and publicists from many (22 this year!) publishers rotate to different tables and pitch books that are great for book club discussions.  Of course, not all the publicist make it by each table but, those that do, always make me excited about their books.  As I looked through my notes, it was hard for me to whittle down my list to the titles I’m most excited about.

  • DEVOTION by Madeline Stevens (Ecco; August 13, 2019) This debut novel tells the story of a nanny and the woman she works for who become obsessed with each other.  The author was a nanny when she first moved to New York.
  • THE LAST BOOK PARTY by Karen Dukess (Henry Holt; July 9, 2019) Described as a “perfect summer book,” this story is set in the 1980s publishing world of New York and the beaches of Cape Cod.
  • JOY ENOUGH by Sarah McColl (Liveright; January 14, 2020) McColl’s memoir is about losing her beloved mother and going through a divorce at the same time and learning to “live joyfully” again.
  • GODSEND by John Wray (Picador; paperback publication October 15, 2019) This “book for our time” is about an eighteen-year old young woman who leaves home and travels to Pakistan to become an Islamist militant.
  • THE RECKLESS OATH WE MADE by Bryn Greenwood (Putnam; August 20, 2019) This “unlikely” love story is by the author of ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS.  The main character’s dad is in prison and her mom is a hoarder – both issues the author has experience with.
  • NEVER HAVE I EVER by Joshilyn Jackson ( William Morrow; July 30, 2019) Suspense is a new genre for Jackson and the publicist said she does it well in this twisty cat and mouse story.

Participants were asked to list the books they were most excited about at the end of the event and the top three were:

After I shipped my books, we bought tickets, grabbed a bite to eat and shopped a little (I bought shoes!) before going to see Come From Away.  This show has been on our radar for a few years but I’ve always hesitated to see it because it’s about 9/11.  So many people raved about it, we decided to see it and I’m so glad we did.  Yes, it did make me tear up a few times, but it’s ultimately uplifting and, oh so good!

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2019 4:03 am

    I would love to attend one of these!

  2. Diane permalink
    June 18, 2019 5:45 am

    The last book party and Never have I Ever are both on my TBR list.

    I love the lipstick photo!

  3. June 18, 2019 6:52 am

    What an exciting day. Its not just the books its the overall thing. So nice to read about it.

  4. June 18, 2019 7:48 am

    I’ll just say Ditto to Diane’s comment. And how fun to meet with AT. I managed to see Very Valentine over the weekend (On Demand had it!). I thought the actress who played Valentine was perfect.

  5. June 18, 2019 8:17 am

    What fun! Seeing Adriana must be such a delight…and you have great photos and new titles to savor.

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Lloyd Russell permalink
    June 18, 2019 9:14 am

    Glad you saw Come From Away. That is a great musical.

    Lloyd (408) 348-4849

    On Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 1:01 AM Bermudaonion’s Weblog wrote:

    > BermudaOnion posted: ” Our first order of business on Friday was a meeting > with Kaitlyn at Sourcebooks to discuss their upcoming titles and there are > some good ones! I’m most excited about these books: MOTHERHOOD SO WHITE by > Nefertiti Austin (Septermber 24, 2019) ” >

  7. June 18, 2019 10:46 am

    I’ve been hearing so much good about Motherhood So White – I need to get a copy! I read the new Joshilyn Jackson – surprisingly dark and yet still her voice – which is funny, warm, and intelligent – great mix!

  8. June 18, 2019 11:17 am

    Shoes! That is awesome for you! Your Bookexpo Time sounds amazing!

  9. June 18, 2019 1:19 pm

    What a treat to spend some personal time with Adriana Trigiana! I’ve added Joy Enough to my TBR list. Sounds like my kind of memoir!

  10. June 18, 2019 3:37 pm

    I saw Come From Away last summer and loved it! The speed dating event sounds like it would be my favorite, too… so many tempting books!

  11. June 18, 2019 3:58 pm

    Looks to be good books 😀

  12. June 18, 2019 6:58 pm

    Speed dating with publishers sounds like so much fun; what a way to get excited about upcoming books!

  13. June 18, 2019 8:08 pm

    I’m dying to read American Dirt.

  14. June 18, 2019 8:22 pm

    I just love reading your recaps! We had so much fun and it’s like reliving it all!

  15. June 19, 2019 9:47 am

    Come From Away has also been on my theater wish list, so good to hear you enjoyed it.

  16. June 20, 2019 4:18 pm

    I’ll have to check these books out!

  17. June 23, 2019 9:26 am

    Thanks for sharing BookExpo with us. I am happy to have attended twice. I hope that I get to attend in the future.

  18. June 24, 2019 9:12 pm

    Come From Away is on my list to see! I’m so jealous!! DId you read the book about Gander, Newfoundland…The Day the World Came to Town? That was a great book about how all the people were stranded there and how the Gander residents came together to care for them. I assume the musical is the same.

  19. June 27, 2019 8:15 pm

    Motherhood So White looks fantastic! As does the rest of your NY adventures 🙂

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