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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 becoming more comfortable with e-books, and the recession no longer such an issue, an upbeat tenor returned to the aisles for the kickoff of BEA 2011. Since many had already attended panels and sessions over the past few days, the lines for  badges were reasonable and the Javits layout famil-iar. There were still linger-ing complaints about air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, and construction inside Javits,  but overwhelmingly book publishing professionals thought BEA got off to a great start. The consensus was that traffic was strong and that excitement about e-books buoyed the mood.Ben White, a sales rep for Macmillan, said he thought this year’s show was higher energy than last year’s and that the interest in e-books and new technology has  brought “more buzz around the industry.” Although Macmillan’s biggest book of the fall, Jeffrey Eugenides’s much anticipated novel,
The Marriage Plot
, was not available—White said gal-leys are not quite ready—it didn’t decrease traffic around the FSG booth in the Macmillan aisle.Several publishing folks commented that the book-sellers they encountered were upbeat if “not ebul-lient,” as Little, Brown pub-lisher Michael Pietsch put it, and the booksellers seemed happy to be in New York. “I’m surrounded by just the people I want to be surrounded by. Everyone has a sense of connection with what they do,” said Valerie Lewis, co-owner of Hicklebee’s Children’s Books in San Jose, Calif. Another bookseller, Jennifer Seigle, who works at Borders in York, Pa., noted that although her trip to BEA will not affect her buying decisions, she appreciated the chance to meet authors, since she can then pass along “what they said about their book.”Karen Walsh at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who was “pleasantly surprised” by first-day attendance, said she’s taken more book-seller appointments about author events this year over last year, which she found encouraging. Booksellers move “a lot of  books and tie them in with school visits,” she added. This was also the first year she noticed an immediate effect from the speed dat-ing panel in terms of galley requests in the booth.Pietsch, who had sung the praises of Chad Harbach’s
The Art of  Fielding
 at Monday after-noon’s Editors Buzz Panel, said he was particularly excited to see how many women had shown up to get their galley signed by the
Book Industry Crowds Are Upbeat
By Rachel DeahlBy Judith Rosen
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 Publishers Weekly’s Show Daily
 is produced each day during the 2011 BookExpo in New York. The
Show Daily
 press office is in room 1C02.
 PW 
’s booth is #4234.
Day
 
2
Wednesday May 25, 2011
ALL THE BUZZ ON BOOKEXPO AMERICA
www.bookexpoamerica.com
first-time author, given that the book is, at least on the surface, about baseball. Noting that Hachette is having a particularly good run on the bestseller lists at the moment—among oth-ers there is Tina Fey’s
 Bossypants
, Michael Connelly’s
The Fifth Witness
, and Lawrence Block’s latest,
 A Drop of the  Hard Stuff 
—Pietsch said
continued on page 4
Teicher in Town Hall
American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher broke with tradition at this year’s annual meet-ing. Rather than report on association activities during the past year, he addressed the elephant in the Javits Center, e-books and the tur-moil that bricks-and-mortar  booksellers are feeling. “As I hardly need to remind everyone here, these are not normal times in the book  business. We are living through a period of unprece-dented change and stagger-ing challenges. It can no lon-ger be business as usual,” he said.Teicher noted that the slide in the number of indie  bookstores has halted, with more than 400 new stores opening since 2005, and that  bricks-and-mortar book-stores remain the essential showroom for ensuring the sale of a broad spectrum of  books. Although e-books have reached a tipping point and outsold other formats for the first time in February, “ABA in no way believes that print books are going away,” he said. “Nothing can replace the physical book.”But things must change, said Teicher, noting that industry practices go back more than half a century, predating
 I Love Lucy
. Referring to ongoing discus-sions with publishers, he said that the ABA is making prog-ress in working together to create a new, sustainable  business model. As a chilling reminder of what’s at stake, he cited statistics after digi-talization in the music indus-try, which has seen a 64% drop in sales from its peak year in 2000, and much of that loss is due to the closing of physical stores.The bookstore’s role as showroom remains vital, although the scope has shifted outside the store’s physical walls to include staff 
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. Jeffrey Eugenides, 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 “The Three R’s of Google eBooks: Reading, Regions and Retailing” (9–10:30 a.m., room 1E02) and ending with “Emerging Opportunities in the New Arab World: Perspectives for Publishers and Distributors” (3:30–4:30 p.m., room 1E17). Other panels include “The Report of My Death Was Exaggerated”—The Printed Word” (11 a.m.–noon, room 1E15); “Making the Transition from Publishing to Packaging,” presented by ABPA (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 author Michelle Hodkin being interviewed by Kristi Diehm, blogger for SongSiren.com (10 a.m., Midtown Stage) and ending with “The Edu-cation Debate” with author Steve Perry and Joel Klein, former New York City schools chancellor (4 p.m., Uptown Stage). “My New Ameri-can Life: Granta’s Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists,” “Paulo Coelho in Conversation,” and “The Cartoonists” are among the other events today.
 
4–5 p.m.
 APA Audiobook & Author Tea: Karin Slaughter, Tony Horwitz, Brad Meltzer, with Star Jones as emcee. Hosted by the Audio Publishers Association
BEA opens and the crowd rushes in.
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IGHLIGHTS
 
OF
 
THE
 
DAY
Passion’s Blood 
 pulls you in to an exciting world of beauty, betrayal, and magic with more than 25 gorgeous, full-color, animated and interactive illustrations.
.  m m
.
Passion’s Blood
by
Cherif Fortin & Lynn Sanders
 With its beautiful prose and breathtaking animated and interactive illustrations, this instant classic vampire story  will haunt readers for eternity.
 Angelique
by
Helen A Rosburg  with Ali DeGray 
 A  h 
Come to the Medallion Press booth
#2738
 to experience it yourself!
m e d a l l i o n p r e s s . c o m
 The world’s first animated romance novel.
Interact with
Passion
 like never before!
MEDALLION PRESS PRESENTS 2 GREAT APPS DEVELOPED EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE
i
PAD.
 
.
An interactive vampire romance.
www.bookexpoamerica.com
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 used under license from Reed Exhibitions.
 
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DEVASTATING, HOPEFUL, AND BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN
 . . . a testament to the tender mercies and miraculous healing power of love.”
 
—Beth Hoffman, author of
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt 
“About mothers and daughters, love, and the secret significance of flowers . . .
VICTORIA JONES IS AN UNFORGETTABLE HEROINE
.”
—Tatiana de Rosnay, author of
Sarah’s Key 
“A deftly powerful story of finding  your way home, even after you’ve burned every bridge behind  you . . .
 
I LOVED THIS BOOK
.”
—Jamie Ford, author of
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet 
THIS HOPE-SOAKED, GLORIOUS BOOK
 
speaks to every once-broken, cracked, or poorly mended heart about the risks we take to heal, to be fully human, to truly connect.”
—Joshilyn Jackson, author of
Gods in Alabama 
 A Ballantine Books Hardcover, Audio, and eBook The Random House Publishing GroupBooth #4420
“Gives us
NEW DEFINITIONS OF HUMAN COMPASSION
 
in all its forms.”
—Helen Simonson, author of
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand 
“Enchanting, ennobling, and powerfully engaging,
[AN] ARTFULLY ACCOMPLISHED DEBUT
.”
Booklist
(starred review)
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