An overwhelmingly positivemood, with repeated refrainsof strong traffic, was mixedwith questions about theforthcoming ConsumerDay, during the Tuesdaykickoff of BookExpoAmerica.“BookExpo is always goodfor us,” said OverDrive’sSteve Potash. “There’s beengood, strong traffic,” headded, noting that showdirector Steve Rosato had“really optimized the showfor all stakeholders.”
Shawn Foster, sales directorat Hachette Book Group,also spoke of “fabulous” foottraffic in her house’s booth.Foster said the publishersaw a particularly sizablecrowd descending forgalleys of YA author LibbaBray’s forthcoming
—all ARCs weregone by 9:30 a.m.Two publishers at oppositeends of the politicalspectrum both gave ahearty thumbs up to thefirst day. Marji Ross,publisher of Regnery, saidher booth was very busy,especially given that theshow had just gotten underway. “It helps to have a bestseller,” she added,referring to
(which is high on a numberof lists). New Press’s EllenAdler, meanwhile, referredto an “effervescence”among independent booksellers that she hadn’tseen in years. “They seemto have a renewed sense of purpose,” she claimed,noting that the house’s
The New Jim Crow
has beenparticularly popular withthe indies.That effervescencecertainly did seem to beaffecting the booksellerswho talked to
.“I didn’t expect it to be thiscrowded!” exclaimedCynthia Compton from 4Kids Books and Toys inZionsville, Ind. “The worldhas returned to BEA,” shesaid. Matt Norcross,co-owner of McLean &Eakin in Petoskey, Mich.,got a boost from hearingauthor-turned-booksellerAnn Patchett speak at theCelebration of BooksellingLunch, where Patchettsaid, “Brothers and sister...I believe sometimes,against the odds, the littleguy wins. We are the littleguys.” She then recitedfrom the Agincourt speechin
and received astanding ovation.“When anyone validatesthe hardships we have, it’svery inspiring,” saidNorcross, who felt buoyedthat publishers were moreattuned to booksellers thisyear. “Publishers seem to be asking for specifics. Forinstance, I had onepublisher ask me how wecan best capture preorders.”Cathy Langer, of theTattered Cover in Denver,appreciated hearing about books “that were low on herradar” from Monday’sEditor’s Buzz Adult Bookspanel, while Jean Ernst,events manager at WildRumpus in Minneapolis,said, “Everyone seemshappy... even thepublishers.”At the Penguin booth,spirits were high afterJunot Díaz attracted a largecrowd for a signing of hismuch-buzzed new book,
This Is How You Lose Her
.The novelist, PenguinBooks’ Maureen Donnellysaid, signed for more thantwo hours. Overall,Donnelly thought the boothhad been “packed.” Whenasked about ConsumerDay—on Thursday, Javitswill be open to 1,000 “powerreaders,” who will be thefirst group of consumersever to descend on thetrade event—she expressedintrigue more than anythingelse. “I’m curious to seewho it attracts. Are thesepeople book lovers? Bookclubbers? Wannabewriters?” Pondering thatcomment, she added thatthe ideal, in her mind,would be if they were bookclubbers.
The Consumer Conundrum
“I’ve seen a lot of blue tags,”said Knopf’s NicholasLatimer, referring to the badge identifier for booksellers. All those blue
First Day Mood: StrongTraffic, Vexing Questions
Vladimir Grigoriev, head of the Russian Federal Agency for Press, does theribbon-cutting honor with BEA Show director Steve Rosato.
By Rachel Deahl
New York Times
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WednesdayJune 6, 2012
ALL THE BUZZ ONBOOKEXPOAMERICA
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