News from BEA

June 7, 2011

I’m just back from Book Expo America, the trade show/conference for publishers and librarians.  Hands down, the best part of this four-day marathon is the Day of Dialog, sponsored by Library Journal, which focuses on connecting librarians with the publishing industry.  This year’s panel of editors highlighted the following titles that they are expecting to be BIG.  I’ve included tentative publication dates to give an idea of when you can expect to see order records in the catalog (remember, we order three months in advance of publication date):

Killing Lincoln; by Bill O’Reilly.  Yes, it’s THE Bill O’Reilly, this time focusing on the last six weeks of Lincoln’s life.  It’s just one more in the spate of books published this year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War.  October

And So It Goes; by Charles Shields.  An authorized biography of Kurt Vonnegut,  the first to enjoy the cooperation of Vonnegut, his family, and friends.  This is timed nicely to coincide with the Library of America’s publication of Novels and Stories  and Mark Vonnegut’s memoir, Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So.  November

Orchard; by Theresa Weir.  The editor hailed this as the new Silent Spring, describing it as a memoir of pesticide poisoning.  September

Here Comes Trouble; Michael Moore.  Moore’s book is a series of short pieces that form a memoir of sorts.  September

The Dog Who Knew Too Much; by Spencer Quinn.  This is the fourth Chet and Bernie mystery, told from the perspective of Chet, the dog.  We have others in the series, cataloged and in Best Bets.  Earlier titles are Dog On It, Thereby Hangs a Tail, and To Fetch a Thief.  Spencer Quinn is the pen name of Peter Abrahams.  September

Upper Cut; by Carrie White.  This is the down-and-dirty memoir of a Hollywood hairdresser.  The editor says names are named and no intoxicant was off limits.  September

The Time In Between; by Marian Duenas.  Set in 1930’s Madrid and Lisbon, this novel was described as having appeal for fans of Kate Morton.  November

Prophet’s Prey; by Sam Brower.  The author spent 7 years investigating Warren Jeffs, the charismatic leader of the polygamist FLDS.  Jon Krakauer is assisting with publicity for this title.  October

Dogs Make Us Human; by Art Wolfe.  The local photographer examines the role of dogs in lives around the world.  September

What I Hate From A to Z; by Roz Chast.  The New Yorker cartoonist has created all-new content to describe her phobias and dislikes.  Among her “hates” are balloons, tunnels, and layered jello.  October

Lisbon, War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939 – 1945; by Neill Lochery.  Remember Ilse Lund getting the letters of transit from Rick so she and Victor could fly to Lisbon?  Lisbon, a neutral city, had a pivotal role in WWII and Lochery chronicles the activities of both Allies and Axis operatives, many of which remain unresolved today.  November

This is just a sampling of the treats to come, too many to include here.  It’s going to be an exciting fall publishing season!

Posted by Nancy


2 Responses to “News from BEA”

  1. David Says:

    Also big buzz about “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern.

  2. nelsdar Says:

    This is one to bookmark. Thanks for sharing!

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