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PW Show Daily, Day 2, May 25

PW Show Daily, Day 2, May 25

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With an industry becomingmore comortable withe-books, and the recessionno longer such an issue, anupbeat tenor returned tothe aisles or the kicko o BEA 2011. Since many hadalready attended panelsand sessions over the pastew days, the lines or badges were reasonableand the Javits layout amil-iar. There were still linger-ing complaints about air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, andconstruction inside Javits, but overwhelmingly bookpublishing proessionalsthought BEA got o to agreat start. The consensuswas that traic was strongand that excitement aboute-books buoyed the mood.Ben White, a sales rep orMacmillan, said he thoughtthis year’s show was higherenergy than last year’s andthat the interest in e-booksand new technology has brought “more buzz aroundthe industry.” AlthoughMacmillan’s biggest book o the all, Jerey Eugenides’smuch anticipated novel,
The Marriage Plot
, was notavailable—White said gal-leys are not quite ready—itdidn’t decrease traicaround the FSG booth inthe Macmillan aisle.Several publishing olkscommented that the book-sellers they encounteredwere upbeat i “not ebul-lient,” as Little, Brown pub-lisher Michael Pietsch putit, and the booksellersseemed happy to be in NewYork. “I’m surrounded byjust the people I want to besurrounded by. Everyonehas a sense o connectionwith what they do,” saidValerie Lewis, co-owner o Hicklebee’s Children’sBooks in San Jose, Cali.Another bookseller,Jennier Seigle, who worksat Borders in York, Pa.,noted that although hertrip to BEA will not aecther buying decisions, sheappreciated the chance tomeet authors, since she canthen pass along “what theysaid about their book.”Karen Walsh at HoughtonMilin Harcourt, who was“pleasantly surprised” byirst-day attendance, saidshe’s taken more book-seller appointments aboutauthor events this yearover last year, which sheound encouraging.Booksellers move “a lot o  books and tie them in withschool visits,” she added.This was also the irst yearshe noticed an immediateeect rom the speed dat-ing panel in terms o galleyrequests in the booth.Pietsch, who had sungthe praises o ChadHarbach’s
The Art of  Fielding
at Monday ater-noon’s Editors Buzz Panel,said he was particularlyexcited to see how manywomen had shown up to gettheir galley signed by the
Book Industry Crowds Are Upbeat
By Rachel DeahlBy Judith Rosen
continued on page 4
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 Publishers Weekly’s Show Daily
is produced each day during the 2011 BookExpo in New York.The
Show Daily
press ofce is in room 1C02.
 PW 
’s booth is #4234.
Day
 
2
WednesdayMay 25, 2011
ALL THE BUZZ ONBOOKEXPOAMERICA
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irst-time author, given thatthe book is, at least on thesurace, about baseball.Noting that Hachette ishaving a particularly goodrun on the bestseller lists atthe moment—among oth-ers there is Tina Fey’s
 Bossypants
, MichaelConnelly’s
The FifthWitness
, and LawrenceBlock’s latest,
 A Drop of the Hard Stuff 
—Pietsch said
continued on page 4
Teicher in Town Hall
American BooksellersAssociation CEO OrenTeicher broke with traditionat this year’s annual meet-ing. Rather than report onassociation activities duringthe past year, he addressedthe elephant in the JavitsCenter, e-books and the tur-moil that bricks-and-mortar booksellers are eeling. “As Ihardly need to remindeveryone here, these are notnormal times in the book business. We are livingthrough a period o unprece-dented change and stagger-ing challenges. It can no lon-ger be business as usual,” hesaid.Teicher noted that theslide in the number o indie bookstores has halted, withmore than 400 new storesopening since 2005, and that bricks-and-mortar book-stores remain the essentialshowroom or ensuring thesale o a broad spectrum o  books. Although e-bookshave reached a tipping pointand outsold other ormatsor the irst time in February,“ABA in no way believes thatprint books are going away,”he said. “Nothing canreplace the physical book.”But things must change,said Teicher, noting thatindustry practices go backmore than hal a century,predating
 I Love Lucy
.Reerring to ongoing discus-sions with publishers, he saidthat the ABA is making prog-ress in working together tocreate a new, sustainable business model. As a chillingreminder o what’s at stake,he cited statistics ater digi-talization in the music indus-try, which has seen a 64%drop in sales rom its peakyear in 2000, and much o that loss is due to the closingo physical stores.The bookstore’s role asshowroom remains vital,although the scope hasshited outside the store’sphysical walls to include sta 
ABA CEO Oren Teicher
 
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25,
2011
2
BEA SHOW DAILY
 
DAY 2
MEETING AND EVENTS
8:30–9:30 a.m.
Adult Book and Author Breakfast: Diane Keaton. JeffreyEugenides, and Charlaine Harris, with Mindy Kaling as emcee
 
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
Exhibit Hall
 
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
 
International Rights & Business Center
 
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Big Ideas at BEA Conference (17 panels) beginning with “TheThree R’s of Google eBooks: Reading, Regions and Retailing” (9–10:30a.m., room 1E02) and ending with “Emerging Opportunities in theNew Arab World: Perspectives for Publishers and Distributors” (3:30–4:30 p.m., room 1E17). Other panels include “The Report of My DeathWas Exaggerated”—The Printed Word” (11 a.m.–noon, room 1E15);“Making the Transition from Publishing to Packaging,” presented byABPA (3:30–4:30 p.m., room 1E14); and “Book Reviews Online,” spon-sored by the National Book Critics Circle (3:30–4:30 p.m., room 1E15)
 
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
 
Insight Changes (18 events) beginning with YA buzz authorMichelle Hodkin being interviewed by Kristi Diehm, blogger forSongSiren.com (10 a.m., Midtown Stage) and ending with “The Edu-cation Debate” with author Steve Perry and Joel Klein, former NewYork City schools chancellor (4 p.m., Uptown Stage). “My New Ameri-can Life: Granta’s Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists,” “PauloCoelho in Conversation,” and “The Cartoonists” are among the otherevents today.
 
4–5 p.m.
APA Audiobook & Author Tea: Karin Slaughter, Tony Horwitz,Brad Meltzer, with Star Jones as emcee. Hosted by the AudioPublishers Association
BEA opens and the crowd rushes in.
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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Daisy Maryles
MANAGING EDITORS
Michael Coffey, Sonia Jaffe Robbins
ART DIRECTORS
Clive Chiu, Kenneth Nadel
PHOTOGRAPHER
Steve Kagan
STAFF REPORTERS
Andrew Albanese, Rachel Deahl, Dick Donahue, Louisa Ermelino,Lynn Garrett, Sarah F. Gold, Jim Milliot, Calvin Reid, Diane Roback, Judith Rosen,Mark Rotella, Parul Seghal, John A. Sellers
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
Gwenda Bond, Natalie Danford, Lucinda Dyer, Karen Jones,Hilary S. Kayle, Bridget Kinsella, Claire Kirch, Sally Lodge, Suzanne Mantell,Shannon Maughan, Diane Patrick, Judith Rosen, Marc Schultz, Wendy Werris, Ada Price
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL
Craig Teicher
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Catherine Fick, Kady Francesconi
TECHNOLOGY MANAGER
Milan Patel
PUBLISHER
Cevin Bryerman
ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER, SHOW DAILY
Joseph Murray
SALES REPS:
Tory Abel, Ted Olczak, Matt HurleyBookExpo America is owned by Reed Exhibitions and any of its marks used herein are usedunder license from Reed Exhibitions.
 
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. . . a testament to thetender mercies and miraculoushealing power of love.”
 
—Beth Hoffman, author of
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt 
“About mothers and daughters,love, and the secret significance of flowers . . .
VICTORIA JONES IS ANUNFORGETTABLE HEROINE
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—Tatiana de Rosnay,author of
Sarah’s Key 
“A deftly powerful story of finding  your way home, even after you’veburned every bridge behind you . . .
 
I LOVED THIS BOOK
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—Jamie Ford, author of
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet 
THIS HOPE-SOAKED, GLORIOUS BOOK
 
speaksto every once-broken, cracked,or poorly mended heart about therisks we take to heal, to be fullyhuman, to truly connect.”
—Joshilyn Jackson, author of
Gods in Alabama
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“Gives us
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—Helen Simonson, author of
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“Enchanting, ennobling,and powerfully engaging,
[AN] ARTFULLYACCOMPLISHED DEBUT
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