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May 31, 2014
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BEA/BookCon
Headed for
Four Days

Big Books:
Coming Up
Thursday’s relative quiet
was followed by a much
busier Friday, with aisles
buzzing, lines snaking too
far to find the end. Fairgoers
stood patiently, waiting to
meet the author and get
that coveted signature on
the title page of the giveaway galley. Over at Random
House, mid-morning, I
spotted a bookseller; I dutifully copied the information from his badge (Harvey
Finkel, Clinton Bookshop,
Clinton, N.J.), before I
asked him: “So what books
have you seen that you’re
really excited about?”
“I’m just on line for Carl
Hiaasen,” he said, and not
much else. And sure
enough, looking up and
down and around, I saw
that Hiaasen line. And the
author himself, handsome,
blue-eyed, beautifully if
casually dressed, was
standing with Paul
Bogaards, Knopf’s publicity
director, at the signing
table, waiting for the signing (of Hiaasen’s YA debut,
Skink—No Surrender) to
officially begin.
Bogaards, a reliable
source of what’s big, hot, or
in demand, told me, “The
tension of the show is
informed by the quality of
the publisher’s list,” and
alerted me to Love Me Back
by Merritt Tierce, which he
called “tender and flinty”;
he added that the new
James Ellroy, Perfidia,
which starts on December
6, 1941, is “the book.”
Back on the floor, Richard
Howorth, owner of Square
Books in Oxford, Miss., was
touting Trinity University

Press’s list and the
books from
Barbara Rice:
“They have a fabulous list. They’re
publishing
Rebecca Solnit
(Encyclopedia of
Trouble and
Spaciousness) and
Peter Turchi (A
Muse and a Maze).
“It looks like it’s going to be
an indie fall to me, a diversity of books,” said Chuck
Robinson, owner of Village
Books in Bellingham, Wash.
“One big book doesn’t do it
for me—unless it’s from
Hachette,” he said wryly.
“These are the things
we’re most interested in,”

The book
industry’s
largest event
will likely
add a fourth
day in 2015.
In a letter
sent to
exhibitors,
Brien McDonald, director
of strategic accounts for
BookExpo America, notified publishers and other
exhibitors that starting
next year, companies can
choose to stay in the
“trade” area of BEA, which
will run May 28–30, or be in
both the trade show and
consumer-oriented
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said Paul Yamazaki, buyer
for City Light Books in San
Francisco, who came to
BEA with a half-page single-spaced-typed list of
books after making a first
run through publishers’
catalogues. He singled out
a couple of titles from the
list: The Moor’s Account by
continued on page 4

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to celebrity authors…

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BookCon event, which will
run May 30–31. By late
Friday afternoon, BookCon
executives were expecting
close to 10,000 readers to
attend the new 2014 event
that launched today.
McDonald said that the
change in schedule was
due to “enthusiastic consumer response” to the
launch of BookCon.
Although the show has
been three days for a number of years (with a oneyear exception when it ran
for two days), the event
had run for four days, usually over the Memorial Day
weekend, for a long period.
A BEA spokesperson
said while a final determination will be made once it
gets feedback from its customers, “we will begin the
planning process with the
assumption that we will
expand.”
The addition of Sunday
to what has been a
Thursday–Saturday trade
show means that Reed
Exhibitions, parent company of BEA and ReedPop,
the Reed unit that is organizing BookCon, is speeding up the booth selection
process, which will take
place June 11–12. By June
10, Reed wants exhibitors
to determine if they want a
BEA-only or BEA/BookCon
booth. The selection process, McDonald wrote, will
begin at 9 a.m. Eastern
Daylight Time on June 11.
Upon learning that BEA/
BookCon will run from
Thursday to Sunday, a publicist said, “My head is
going to explode.”
—Jim Milliot

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Event

Harlequin Romance
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Author

Christi Barth
Maisey Yates
B.J. Daniels

Title

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Up To Me
Avenge Me
Mercy, Rescue at Cardwell Ranch
& Wanted Woman
The Cursed

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Heather Gudenkauf
Mary Kubica
Kimberly Belle
Anne Girard

Little Mercies
The Good Girl
The Last Breath
Madame Picasso

11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Harlequin Nonfiction
Signing

Nicky Hilton

365 Style

12:15 p.m.—12:45 p.m.

Harlequin TEEN Signing

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Julie Kagawa
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Alexandra Adornetto

Let’s Get Lost
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12:00–12:30 PM
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Panel discussion with bestselling authors

A conversation
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Big Books Coming up continued from page 1

Laila Lalami (Knopf) and Geek
Sublime by Vikram Chandra
(Graywolf), who, if you remember,
had that huge novel, Sacred Games,
from HarperCollins.
Jorge Guttormsen of Books Inc. is
touting the novel Painted Horses from
Grove by Malcolm Brooks. “Loved
the story; the characters stayed
with me,” as well as Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel, a Knopf
Buzz Panel book.
Anymiryan Budner, a buyer for
Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, Pa.,
is betting on Lila by Marilynne
Robinson: “I enjoy Robinson’s characters and getting to see this family
through different eyes over time.
The wife was always enigmatic to
me. I always wondered how she got
there.” Budner also said that she
herself is not a religious person, but
that Robinson’s spirituality “infuses
what she says. I find it clarifying. It
never feels proselytizing or didactic
or pedantic.”
Budner is also high on The Bone
Clocks—“David Mitchell could write
the phone book and I would read it,”
she said—and The Miniaturist (Ecco’s
Buzz Panel book from Jessie Burton)
“looks fabulous.” Another Budner
pick: The Accidental Highwayman:
Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse
Midnight, a Mysterious Princess,
and Sunday Magical Persons
Besides by Ben Tripp. “It looks really
fun. It’s a fantasy, and there’s a highwayman in there. There are illustrations throughout the text, too.”
Terry Labandz of University of
Minnesota Bookstores, Minneapolis,
is looking forward to Julie
Schumacher’s Dear Committee
Members (Random House). “It’s an
epistolary novel about a Midwestern
English professor. It’s so funny; it’s
so dry. She’s published a couple of
adult and YA books before, and I
hope this is her breakout book.” Also
on Labandz’s list is Marta Oulie: A
Novel of Betrayal by Sigrid Undset.
”I’m really looking forward to this
book, as the University of Minnesota
doesn’t do a lot of fiction. This is the
first book that Undset wrote, when
she was 24.”
Another David Mitchell endorsement: “I’m really jazzed about The
Bone Clocks,” said Catherine Weller, Weller Books, Salt Lake City.
“It’s the kind of book that my booksellers love and love to sell. It’s fantastic.”
From A.N. Devers, bookseller,
Community Bookstore, Brooklyn,
N.Y., the pick is Eula Biss’s On
Immunity: An Inoculation,
Graywolf’s Buzz Panel book. “I loved

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Big Children’s Books
At BEA

her first book and I read an excerpt
of this one. She is a remarkable
writer. There’s a measles outbreak
in New York because too many people have not been vaccinating their
children. This is an important and
relevant issue. People are turning
against common sense and science,
and she investigates why that is.”
And this bookseller’s fiction choice
is Lin Enger’s The High Divide
(Algonquin). “This novel was written by Leif Enger’s brother, and it
takes place in the Midwest. A girl is
headed to school in Wisconsin and
she disappears. The story is told
from multiple perspectives and it
sounds great. It sounds fantastic.”
Susan Morton from Byrd’s Books
in Bethel, Conn., must have been on
that Hiaasen line for Skink: No
Surrender. “Amazing,” she says.
John Evans from Diesel Books in
Oakland, Calif., is upbeat about
Euphoria, the novel by Lily King, and
also Tibetan Peach Pie (Ecco), Tom
Robbins’s memoir.
The booksellers are a powerful
source for sales and buzz, but we
couldn’t talk to all of them, so we
want to add our picks for the show’s
big books. We are excited for We Are
Not Ourselves, a debut novel by
Matthew Thomas from Simon &
Schuster that Marysue Rucci bought
for beaucoup bucks at London. And
Scribner’s The Short and Tragic Life
of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs; The
Wolf, Lorenzo Carcaterra’s new
thriller from Ballantine; Jodi Picoult’s
Leaving Time, with a main character who’s involved with elephants;
Marco Malvaldi’s Game for Five, the
first in a mystery series about the
denizens of a small Tuscan town
who hang out in the Bar Lume; A
Story Lately Told, from Scribner,
Anjelica Huston’s second memoir,
in which we hear about Jack; Greg
Baxter’s Munich Airport, from
Twelve; Those Who Wish Me Dead
(Little, Brown) by Michael Koryta;
Jessica Treadway’s Lacy Eye from
Grand Central; The Betrayers by
David Bezmozgis from Little, Brown;
The Good Girl (Harlequin) by Mary
Kubica; Fire Shut Up in My Bones,
the revealing memoir from New
York Times columnist Charles Blow;
The Goddess of Small Victories by
Yannick Grannec (Other Press), her
international bestselling debut
novel; Thrown by Kerry Howley
(Sarabande), literary nonfiction
about two cage fighters.
No doubt, booksellers and librarians are packing their bags and
boxes with all of the publishing
industry’s highest hopes and fondest dreams.
—Louisa Ermelino

For readers of all ages and interests, there were no shortages of
titles to grab, snag, and talk about.
YA continues to generate long lines
and lots of attention. At Simon &
Schuster, one of the big teen titles
was Scott Westerfeld’s
Afterworlds—and not just because
BEA factors into the story line (the
protagonist makes an appearance
at the 2014 BEA in the novel).
Macmillan releases its first
Swoon Reads title in August: A
Little Something Different by teen
librarian Sandy Hall, a contemporary romance told from 18 perspectives. Trial by Fire launches a new
trilogy from Josephine Angelini
(Feiwel and Friends, Sept.), a
reimagination of Salem and
witches. And Caraugh M. O’Brien
follows her Birthmarked trilogy
with The Vault of Dreamers
(Roaring Brook, Sept.).
Endgame by James Frey is
HarperCollins’s big YA title of the
show; it releases in September with
a one-million-copy first printing. A

Google-based game and an in-book
puzzle are part of the series’ multiplatform concept, and a film is in
the works.
Candlewick’s Tracy Miracle
described Egg and Spoon by
Gregory Maguire (Sept.) as “sophisticated and rich, with a lot of fairy
tale elements.” Also from
Candlewick, Evil Librarian by
Michelle Knudsen, first in a YA
series that Miracle says is marked
by “smart, campy humor” in the
vein of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
HMH titles attracting attention
included the final book in Robin
LaFevers’s His Fair Instruments
trilogy, Mortal Heart (Nov.) “That
has been the book people have
requested more than any other,”
said HMH’s Karen Walsh.
New from Little, Brown is The
Walled City by Ryan Graudin, a YA
Buzz Pick about teenagers surviving in a dangerous, labyrinth-like
settlement, inspired by the
Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong.
Holiday House delves into YA

Harlequin Teen emblazoned a Fiat 500 with the message
Let’s Get Lost, a YA novel by Adi Alsaid.

Penguin author Jacqueline Woodson
signs her middle-grade novel, Brown Girl
Dreaming.

PW at BEA

PW will be at booth 1252 on the main floor, at BookCon at booth 3063, and
at uPublishU at Table 19. And get to know more about BookLife, PW’s new
program for indie authors, at booth 1249. Keep up with all the BEA news
with PW Show Daily, available in print at the Javits Center during the
expo, and also as a digital edition in PW’s app and on Scribd. Don’t have
our app yet? Just visit publishersweekly.com/app for info on how to get
it. You can also catch show news at publishersweekly.com/bea.

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Actor and playwright Tracy Letts at his
publisher’s booth, Theater Communications Group.

Harlequin author Susie Brooks with her Corgis, Cornelius and
Stumphrey.

SATURDAY, MAY 31 , 2014

with The Devil’s Intern (Aug.) by
Donna Hosie, about a 17-year-old
who interns in Hell’s accounting
office.
Releases from Sourcebooks Fire
include Night Sky, a collaboration
between adult novelist Suzanne
Brockmann and her daughter
Melanie; and H2O by Virginia
Bergin, set in a near future in which
rain has become deadly.
In August, Carolrhoda Lab will
publish Knockout Games by G.
Neri, with a premise based on the
real-life phenomenon and, in
October, Perfectly Good White Boy,
Carrie Mesrobian’s follow-up to Sex
& Violence.
Scholastic’s Tracy van Straaten
said 200 people lined up on

Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell at the
signing for his new novel, The Bone Clocks
(Random House).

PUBL I SHERS

Thursday for Sinner by Maggie
Stiefvater, a companion to the
Shiver trilogy. Another eagerly
awaited galley was Bombay Blues
by Tanuja Desai Hidier, the sequel
to Born Confused.
Just outside the Harlequin booth,
a Fiat 500 announced Adi Alsaid’s
August road-tripping debut, Let’s
Get Lost. Talon launches a new
series for Julie Kagawa: “bloggers
love Julie,” Harlequin Teen’s
Jennifer Abbots said. And Robin
Talley’s debut, the civil rights–era
Lies We Tell Ourselves (Oct.), a YA
Editors’ Buzz pick, is a bit of a
departure for Harlequin Teen—
“more library- and “schoolfocused,” Abbots said.
Soho Teen’s Daniel Ehrenhaft

Irish author (and Saturday breakfast
speaker) Colm Toibin signs his new novel,
Nora Webster, at S&S booth.

Tina Fey at yesterday afternoon’s
panel that kicked
off BookCon,
where she discussed the making
of the film This Is
Where I Leave You,
based on the novel
by Jonathan Tropper (Plume).

W E E K LY

described songwriter Cynthia
Weil’s I’m Glad I Did (Jan.), a murder mystery set in the Brill
Building, as “a YA Mad Men.”
Another big book for the imprint is
The Unfinished Life of Addison
Stone by Adele Griffin, about a fictional art-world superstar who dies
under mysterious circumstances.
Visitors to Algonquin were asking
for Jackaby, a series-launching
debut from William Ritter. It pubs
September 16, with the second
book due in fall 2015.
Penguin’s major YA releases
include I’ll Give You the Sun by
Jandy Nelson (Dial, Sept.) and
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (Dutton,
Sept), a riff on The Bell Jar. “The galleys are flying,” said Shanta Newlin.
Ally Condie and Marie Lu are
moving on to new projects: Condie
has written her first stand-alone,
Atlantia (Dutton, Nov.), and Lu
signed samplers of The Young Elites
(Putnam, Oct.). Rick Yancey’s 5th
Wave series is still ramping up;
book two, The Infinite Sea, arrives
in September. No galleys were on
hand, though “everybody was asking.”

Perusing the Picture Books
Several high-profile picture books
could be found on stands throughout the convention. For
Candlewick, Sam and Dave Dig a
Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon
Klassen, features “their trademark
humor,” according to Tracy Miracle.
New York Review Children’s
Collection has Alphabetabum by
Vladimir Radunsky and Chris
Raschka, an October collection of
vintage photos that have been
turned into an alphabet book. “It’s
our first original picture book,” said
publicity manager Nicholas During.
Celebrity picture books weren’t
hard to find. Actor B.J. Novak of The
Office has the pictureless picture
book, The Book Without Pictures
(Dial, Sept.). In September, Little,
Brown will release Gus & Me: My
Granddad and My First Guitar by
Keith Richards, illustrated by his
daughter, Theodora. And Glee’s
Jane Lynch had long lines as she
promoted her September picture
book, Marlene, Marlene, Queen of
Mean (Random).
Several fall picture books build
on previous successes. Chronicle’s
lead is Mix It Up (Sept.) by Press
Here’s Hervé Tullet; also on their
list is Flora and the Penguin by
Molly Idle, creator of the Caldecott
Honor–winning Flora and the
Flamingo. Kathryn Otoshi’s Two, a
sequel to One, the 2008 picture
book that has shipped more than
200,000 copies for KO Kids.
Charlesbridge was celebrating
its 25th anniversary; on Thursday
they hosted a party featuring brothers Paul and Peter H. Reynolds,
who are launching the Sydney &
Simon series with Full STEAM
Ahead (Sept.). At S&S, big picture

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books include Mem Fox’s Baby
Bedtime, Marla Frazee’s The
Farmer and the Clown, and Judith
Viorst’s Alexander, Who’s Trying His
Best to Be the Best Boy Ever.
“Narrative nonfiction is a big
thing for us,” said Creative Editions’
Anna Erickson. For August they
have Mocha Dick: The Legend and
the Fury by Brian Heinz and
Randall Enos, about the whale that
inspired Moby-Dick. And
Eerdmans had hot-off-the-press
proofs for The Right Word: Roget
and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant,
illustrated by Melissa Sweet, a picture book biography. “It’s a project
that was years in the making,” said
Anita Eerdmans.
Macmillan featured a debut picture book, Little Elliot Big City by
Mike Curato (Holt), winner of the
SCBWI New Talent Award. And
from Roaring Brook, Kid Sheriff
and the Terrible Toads combines
the talents of Bob Shea and Lane
Smith (Oct.).
Michael Eisenberg at Boyd Mills,
fresh out of a sales meeting, said
that reps were excited about an inhouse favorite, The Problem with
Not Being Scared of Monsters by
Dan Richards, illustrated by Robert
Neubecker (Aug.). “It’s always nice
when the reps agree with us,” he
said.
Diversity is a watchword at
Barefoot. Cailin Chenelle said that
September’s My Big Barefoot Book
of Wonderful Words by Sophie
Fatus, which shows people of various ethnicities, cultures, and disabilities without calling attention to
them. “We worked with an inclusivity specialist.”
Sami Grefe at Peachtree gave
word of the Stanley the hamster
series by Williambee, padded hardcovers with a “vintage-y” look.
Stanley the Builder and Stanley’s
Garage arrive in August.
At 8:45 a.m. Thursday, while people were waiting to storm the show
floor, 45 Workman staffers donned
rabbit ears for The Bunny Rabbit
Show! flash mob, choreographed by
Sandra Boynton’s daughter Caitlin
McEwan.

Middle-Grade Highlights
Major middle-grade offerings for
fall include a mix of the familiar
and the new. Jeff Kinney’s Greg
Heffley returns in The Long Haul
(Abrams/Amulet, Nov.), and Captain
Underpants is back in August in his
11th adventure, Captain
Underpants and the Tyrannical
Retaliation of the Turbo Toilet 2000.
Visitors to Scholastic’s booth were
grabbing Captain Underpants tote
bags, galleys, posters, “pretty much
anything that isn’t nailed down,”
according to Scholastic’s Tracy van
Straaten. And Rick Riordan wraps
up the Heroes of Olympus series in
October with The Blood of Olympus
(Disney).
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SATURDAY, MAY 31 , 2014

HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE DAY

Meet
Charles
Martin

MEETINGS AND EVENTS
8–9:30 a.m.: Adult Author Breakfast: Martin Short, Lena Dunham, Colm
Tóibín, with Alan Cumming as emcee.

9 a.m.–3 p.m.: BEA Exhibit Hall Open
9 a.m.–3 p.m.: International Rights and Business Center

The New York Times
bestselling author of
Unwritten and
Where the River Ends

10–11 a.m.: “Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” (Uptown
Stage)

10:30–11 a.m.: “Literary Writing in Other Languages Being Published Within
the English Speaking World” (East Side Stage)
See BookCon schedule for more panels and events.

AUTOGRAPHS
9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.: Authors will be signing at appointed hours all day
at tables in the Autographing Area or at publishers’ booths. The list
includes Bob Raczka, Abdul Safi, Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin,
Sylvia Day, Paul Zelinsky, Joseph Berger, Daisy Whitney, Libby Bray,
Lynn Brunelle, Paul Durham, Heather Todd, Shelby Billionaire, Wendy
Corsi, H.M. Ward, and many more.

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Correction: Dick Cavett’s new book, Brief Encounters, is published by Henry
Holt. We had the wrong attribution in yesterday’s PW Show Daily, page 51.

Former Secretary of State, one-time First Lady, and
perhaps 2016 presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton
spoke an invitation-only reception on the fourth level terrace at Javits Friday morning. Her book, Hard Choices,
will be published by Simon & Schuster on June 10.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Daisy Maryles
MANAGING EDITORS Michael Coffey, Sonia Jaffe Robbins
ART DIRECTOR Clive Chiu
PHOTOGRAPHER Steve Kagan
STAFF REPORTERS Andrew Albanese, Adam Boretz, Jessamine Chan, Rachel Deahl, Louisa
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SATURDAY, MAY 31 , 2014

The power of the imagination was
the theme of the Children’s Book
and Author Breakfast Friday
morning, beginning with the
awarding of the WNBA Pannell
Awards to this year’s winners:
Devaney Doak & Garrett
Booksellers in Framingham,
Maine, in the general bookstore
category, and 4 Kids Books & Toys
in Zionsville, Ind., in the specialty
Featured at the Children’s Authors Breakfast (l.to r.):
bookstore category.
Carl Hiaasen, Mem Fox, Jason Segel, and Jeff Kinney.
Young People’s Literature
Ambassador Kate DiCamillo set the
for middle-grade readers,
tone by telling a story about giving
Nightmares! (Delacorte). “I think
away her copy of R.J. Palacio’s midbooks in themselves are collaboradle-grade novel, Wonder, to a
tion,” Segel said. “It’s the collaborastranger she encountered in a hotel
tion between the words of an author
elevator after the woman commented
and the imagination of the reader.”
on the book DiCamillo was holding
Segel, who is best known for writing
in her hand. Expressing delight as
movie scripts, including The Muppets
only the irrepressible DiCamillo
Movie, explained that Nightmares!
can, she concluded, “People ask me
was inspired by two recurring
what I want to do as ambassador—I
nightmares he had until age 13.
want to stand in an elevator and
Carl Hiaasen told the assembled
hand out books.”
that he “probably should not be
Emcee Jason Segel, noting that
allowed to write books for younger
he felt “right at home in a room full
readers,” but that, after his teenage
of people who love children’s books,”
son read some of his adult novels
thanked his coauthor, Kirsten
and found Skink (first introduced in
Miller, for her assistance in writing
1987 in Double Whammy) to be “an
the first novel in a planned trilogy
entertaining and interesting char-

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Big Helpings of Imagination at Children’s Breakfast
acter,” Hiaasen decided to let “this
character loose on the youth of
America.” He has done so, in
Skink—No Surrender (Knopf).
Hiaasen’s debut YA novel features
the eccentric ex-governor of Florida,
who now lives in the woods and collects road kill—a subject obviously
near and dear to Hiaasen’s heart.
Mem Fox, who had flown in from
Australia to speak about her latest
book, Baby Bedtime (S&S/Beach
Lane), related how when she picked
up sleeping pills from her pharmacist before the flight, she’d been
offered a senior citizens discount.
“Doesn’t she know that baby boomers
are never going to be old, never
going to be senior citizens. We’re
going to be young forever,” she
declared, before saying that Baby
Bedtime was inspired by the premature birth of her grandson in 2010.
During one of her daily visits to the
hospital where the baby spent the
first two months of his life, she said
that she realized that his ears
“didn’t stick out” and she was “so
happy for him” that she cooed to
him about wanting to eat up his body
parts, starting with his ears. “I realized I’d accidentally composed a

love poem and eventually those
verses became the book.”
The morning’s final speaker, Jeff
Kinney, said that he was “lucky
enough to grow up in a house full of
books.” His mother was an educator, he explained, and recalled that
she brought home “anything with a
silver sticker on it.” His father’s comic
book collection inspired him to
draw cartoons, and he aspired to be
a newspaper cartoonist after college. Recalling that, at the time, he
was only reading Harry Potter novels, Kinney was inspired to create
his first Wimpy Kid novel. “What if
there was a kid more like me, a kid
with flaws, than a powerful wizard
like Harry Potter,” he said he thought
at the time. A fortuitous meeting
with an editor during a Comic-Con
right resulted in the publication of
Diary of a Wimpy Kid. “The excitement of getting published is the
excitement of validation: coming to
understand that others value your
work.” Kinney’s latest is Diary of a
Wimpy Kid 9: The Long Haul
(Abrams/Amulet).
Kinney officially announced that
he and his wife are opening a bookstore in the small town in which
they live, Plainfield, Mass. “The reason we’re doing this is to get rich,”
he joked.
—Claire Kirch

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Shifting Opportunities
for Agents
Tackling the profound yet elusive changes in the marketplace that affect
the relationship between authors and agents, veteran literary agents discussed the ways in which they now approach their jobs at the Thursday
panel “Beyond Authors: Self-Publishing & the ‘New’ Agents.”
Moderated by Christopher Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Center,
panelists Robert Gottlieb, Jason Ashlock, Rachelle Gardner, and Steven
Axelrod were asked to describe their perspectives on the current situation,
which alternates between formats: digital, self-publishing, and traditional
publishing.
Gardner, founder of Books & Such Literary Management, said, “Today I
always ask an author, ‘What do you want out of your publishing career?’ I
find out what kind of personality type they are, whether they can handle
being a small business owner as a self-publisher, or not. I often find that
authors still value agents.” Gardner said that, as an agent, she must connect
authors not just with publishers but with readers as well.
Gottlieb, who heads Trident Media Group, had a positive attitude about
the evolving formats of book publishing. “The changes present new opportunities for traditional publishers,” he said. “In the beginning, most houses
were stunned by the changes in the marketplace, but publishers have now
pivoted and adjusted. E-books are a viable portion of every author’s career,
and for publishers as well.” Trident has a staff of five that works exclusively
with e-tailers. These staffers visit Amazon and Apple to discuss their clients,
and assist authors in renegotiating their contracts, “including all revenue
streams.”

“I think of myself as more of
a ‘radical mediator.’”
—Jason Ashlock

Axelrod has an eponymous literary agency, and represents bestselling
author Amanda Hocking, who shot to fame as a self-published novelist
before turning to traditional publishing. “In Amanda’s case,” said Axelrod,
“she was relieved and happy to turn all the work over to St. Martin’s.”
Speaking of Hocking’s situation as representative of a larger trend, Axelrod
said, “There’s been a real shift with writers, who used to want an agent out of
fear of not getting published. They take a more active role now, and ask
agents, ‘What can you do for me?’” Axelrod believes many authors now want
an agent “who can navigate the complexities and get them the best deal.”
Ashlock, who is a content strategist and product designer, doesn’t like the
word agent anymore. “I think of myself as more of a ‘radical mediator’ for
writers who might be referred to as hybrid authors, weighing the value of
both traditional and self-publishing.”
About the current antagonism between Amazon and Hachette, Axelrod
said, “Amazon wants to suck up the publishers’ profits. This is a potentially
disastrous situation for all concerned. The whole concept is under siege. It
forces all of us to really earn our keep.”
But Gottlieb rejected that negativity. “We’re going to survive this,” he said.
“The most important thing I’ve learned from all the changes is that you have
to reinvent yourself every day, and that applies to authors, publishers, and
—Wendy Werris
agents as well.”

The Library as Retailer
Six library e-book vendors, one stage, 50 minutes: as you might expect, not
exactly the forum to forge a new understanding between libraries and publishers. But toward the end of an informative (if subdued) session, Hoopla
v-p Jeff Jankowski, whose company announced just this week that it was
entering the library e-book space, delivered a scene-stealing rant that
brought a packed room of mostly librarians to spontaneous applause.
The panel, moderated by Library Journal editor-in-chief Rebecca Miller,
included CEOs from Baker & Taylor, OverDrive, 3M, Library Ideas,
Recorded Books, and Hoopla. For the first 40 minutes, the panelists discussed their businesses, progress in the library e-book market, and the vast
potential for libraries to drive book sales beyond the money libraries pay
directly to publishers, including efforts to enable retail sales from the
library website, or by driving discovery of new titles. But in the 40th minute,
after Miller asked about the potential of a streaming model for library
e-books, Jankowski, whose model is based on a transactional (or pay-perlend) model, let loose.
“I would just encourage everybody to reimagine libraries as retailers, and
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Saturday, May 31st

9:30 AM

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Murder at the Brightwell, Ashley Weaver
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BookCon Schedule

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According to Adams
Media, a division of F+W
Media, the Avon, Mass.,
publisher’s mission is to
provide “practical and
meaningful content” that
“inspires, informs, and
impacts” lives. While we
admit that career and
business books like
Martin Yate’s Knock ’Em
Dead series for job
hunters and Stephan
Schiffman’s Closing
Techniques for home
buyers are informative
and certainly have an
impact, we think that
Adams Media’s new line
of books for DIY crafters
will inspire an even
broader audience. How could it not,
with a title like DIY Wine Corks by
Melissa Averinos (June)? We already
feel so inspired, we want to pop open
a few bottles just so we can have some
DIY fun with corks and a glue gun.

Subscription Model Takes Center Stage
“Subscription has arrived in a really
big way for media,” noted Len Vlahos,
BISG executive director, in his opening remarks to the 2014 Making
Information Pay conference at BEA.
And for those who question whether
the subscription model is coming to
the publishing business, Ted Hill,
president of THA Consulting, had
an answer: “It’s here now.”
In his opening talk, Hill shared
some insights from a project he
recently undertook for BISG on
e-books and subscription; the
report, “Digital Books and the New
Subscription Economy: A BISG
Research Study,” publishes June
16. Among the highpoints: 80% of
industry stakeholders agree that
e-book subscription businesses are
inevitable in the digital book environment; 84% see it having a positive impact on their business in the
next five years; 86% of scholarly
publishers are now working to get
their e-books into aggregated collections; 65% of professional publishers are currently seeing subscription revenue; and 33% of textbook
publishers say they see significant
revenue from subscriptions, compared to only 7% of trade publishers.
For trade publishers, however,
subscription services are catching
on. The tricky part for publishers, of
course, is figuring out the financial
impact of offering subscription access,
Hill acknowledged. “All publishers
today know that their readers are
getting some of their digital media
through subscription platforms, and
it is a channel they like,” Hill said.
Nielsen’s Jonathan Stolper provided information from the latest

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While other F+W
Media divisions, like
Interweave and KP
Craft, are already
known for crafting
books, Adams Media is
filling a niche:
Pinterest crafters
whose creative
impulses might need a
little assist. Adams
Media published 11
craft books last year
and is planning on
releasing 15 more this
year including DIY
Wood Pallet Projects
and DIY Statement
Necklaces.
Check out booth
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Chalkboard Crafts, DIY Mason Jars,
and, of course, DIY Wine Corks, will
be on display. The projects will be
raffled off today; one set of DIY craft
titles will also be raffled off to a
—Claire Kirch
lucky bookseller.

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Nielsen research into what the
growth of the music, TV, and other
media services means for books.
The rise of streaming
services has had a
number of impacts, he
noted. For one, it has
had a significant
impact on reducing
piracy—those who
stream media are less
likely to download
content illegally,
Stolper declared. And
while households that
stream other media spend slightly
less on buying or renting content
(CDs, DVDS, etc.), those using subscription services for books, which
Nielsen has been measuring for
about four to six months, are spending more.
In one of the most interesting
findings, Stolper noted a familiar
company dominating among those
who have reported subscribing to a
digital book service: Amazon. Of
the 6,000-plus readers surveyed,
9% reported subscribing to a book
service in the past six months, and
Amazon, through its Prime offering and the Kindle Owners
Lending Library, led the pack at
79%. “It’s a little deceiving,”
Stolper said, “because we don’t
think of Amazon as a true subscription service.” When Amazon
was removed, and the same question asked again, the number of
readers who said they had signed
up for a subscription book service
dropped from 9% to 5%.
“Again, it’s early days,” Stolper
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New Global Awards from LBF
A new set of awards with an international focus has arrived on the
book trade calendar and at its inaugural outing earlier this year U.S.
companies and initiatives took home
a hat-trick of honors.
The London Book Fair International
Book Industry Excellence Awards,
established in association with the
U.K. Publishers Association, were
presented at the LBF in April and
saw a range of inspirational individuals receive recognition for their
work in different parts of the globe.
The global lineup of winners included
Australia, Belarus, China, Denmark,
India, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan,
and the U.S.
The University of Chicago Press
collected the International Academic
and Professional Publisher Award;
Skybound, the online home of
Robert Kirkman’s creator-owned
work, including his comic book series
the Walking Dead, took home the
Crossmedia Award for Best Use of
IP; and the Best Translated Book
Award, established by Chad Post, in
Rochester, N.Y., who runs the Three
Percent website and Open Letter
Books, received the International
Literary Translation Initiative
Award—an award for an award.
The prizes represent a significant
step for the LBF. The fair has always
been an international event—it
claims to have the biggest
International Rights Centre of any
fair, and its Market Focus scheme,
which showcases different countries,
is now in its 12th year. But director
Jacks Thomas has put global even
more at its heart and wanted a set of
awards that both acknowledges this
and acknowledges that publishing

itself—thanks to the
Internet and digitization—is more international than ever.
London is arguably
the perfect home for
an event that recognizes achievement in all corners of
the globe, Thomas believes, since
the city is a global hub that attracts
talent from around the world. Many
of those working in new content and
apps are drawn to its “silicon” roundabout in east London.
Crucially, the awards acknowledge not just conventional trade
publishing but wider areas such as
literary translation, crossmedia, and
learning initiatives, as well as areas
like copyright protection, technology, and education. There were 15
awards judged by panels of experts
in each field, selected by the LBF
and Publishing Association for their
industry-specific knowledge or
international experience.
There were many special moments.
The International Publishers
Association’s Freedom to Publish
Award was accepted by Alexandra
Logvinova from the House of
Literature in Belarus, on behalf of
her father, Ihar Lohvinau, whose
publishing work in Belarus has been
banned by the Ministry of Information.
Another warmly received award
was the Publishers Weekly
International Book Industry
Technology Supplier Award, which
went to Publishing Technology, in
China. The Publishers Association
Copyright Protection Award went
to OUP Pakistan, with Emma
House, the PA’s director of publisher relations, praising its work,

often in threatening circumstances; Armeena Salyid,
managing director of OUP
Gavin Esler of BBC and and Orna O’Brien of London
Pakistan, said: “It’s been a
Book Fair flanking winners, Daniel Medin and Monica
long journey defending the
Carter, for best translation.
rights of authors and publishers, but this award is a wonderful recognition of our
work. It is deeply appreciated
and will spur us on to continue
with our efforts.”
Motilal Books of India collected the Market Focus
Achievement Award, for
embracing the opportunities
presented by the LBF’s Market
Focus program, and Tara
Books, in Chennai, India, was Carol Kasper of University of Chicago Press receiving the
international academic publisher award from Gavin Esler,
named International Trade
BBC, and Richard Mollet, U.K. Publishers Association.
Children’s and Young Adult
Publisher of the Year.
received the Lifetime Achievement
Australian initiatives were recogAward and a standing ovation from
nized twice, with Penguin Australia
her many friends in the industry.
picking up the International
Rogers died just three weeks after
Education Learning Resources
the ceremony.
Award, for its easy to navigate
LBF expects to receive many
resources app for teachers, and the
nominations for next year’s awards
Indigenous Literacy Foundation, in
when the book industry will once
New South Wales, collected the first
again offer congratulations across
—Roger Tagholm
International Education Initiatives
the oceans.
Award for projects around the world
that enhance standards of literacy.
In retrospect, the event was also
tinged with sadness since it turned
out to be the last public appearance
by the celebrated British literary
agent Deborah Rogers, cofounder of
Rogers, Coleridge, and White, who

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About Animal Actors
From Joey in War Horse to the
wolves in Game of Thrones, Robin
Ganzert and Allen and Linda
Anderson’s Animal Stars: Behind
the Scenes with Your Favorite
Animal Actors (New World Library,
Sept.) unveils the secrets behind
the dogs, cats, horses, and birds
that have been entertaining film
and television audiences for decades.
Animal Stars is a
unique collaboration
between animal lovers,
educators, and protectors. Coauthor
Ganzert, formerly with
the Pew Charitable
Trusts, is now the president and CEO of the
American Humane
Association. Allen and
Linda Anderson are
speakers and authors of a series of
books about the spiritual relationships between people and animals.
In 1996 they cofounded the Angel
Animals Network to increase love
and respect for all life through the
power of story.
The book includes stories about
the toilet-flushing cat in Meet the
Fockers, Uggie the scene-stealing
dog in The Artist, and many more.
Each chapter concludes with advice
from animal trainers offering bonus
tips for training pets, along with
Steven Spielberg, Julia Roberts,
and Ewan McGregor—who begged

to adopt the dog he worked with on
the set of Beginners—sharing personal recollections about working
with the animal stars who stole
their hearts on film sets.
“Since the early days of film and
moviemaking, animal stars have
charmed and entertained us,”
Ganzert says. “For the first time,
the book Animal Stars
allows readers behind
the scenes with a
wide variety of animal
actors, their trainers,
and the American
Humane Association’s
professional staff
monitoring their
safety,” she adds.
“Animal Stars offers
heroic, entertaining,
often humorous, and
truly inspiring tales of
movie magic.”
One of the Stars, five-year old
golden retriever Hudson, will also
be attending BEA. Hudson has been
an actor his entire life and costarred with Paul Rudd in Our Idiot
Brother, as well as winning numerous AKC agility and rally titles.
Hudson will be on a walkabout with
his trainers Christina and Taylor
Potter at the Javits today before
heading to the New World Library
booth (1320) to greet fans. He will
join Ganzert at 11 a.m., who will
sign posters for the book.
—Wendy Werris

A Triumphant Victory Lap
There are a lot of memories, publisher Mitch Rogatz notes, as he
reflects on the 25 years since he
founded Triumph Books. The
Chicago publisher of sports titles,
which is especially renowned for
the many fully illustrated “instant
books” about winning teams in
major sports, is savoring the milestone. Officially introducing a
birthday logo this week, it will be
celebrating at BEA by doing what it
does best: promoting books at booth
2527 by and about acclaimed sports
figures, including the autobiography of three-time Stanley Cup winner Chris Celios, Made in America.
This fall, the party will continue
with an event for employees.
Sounding more like a coach than
a publisher, Rogatz says that
Triumph’s endurance is “all about
perseverance and being proactive.
It’s about staying in the game
through good times and bad. It’s
about staying focused and about
always challenging each other and
our partners to raise the bar with
high standards and performance.”
It’s also about events like Jeremy
Roenick’s 2012 Chicago book tour
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waited for hours in line at signings
that lasted up to six hours. One family included sons named Jeremy
and Roenick, and a fan sported a
“spot-on” tattoo of Roenick’s face
on her calf.
It’s even about, Rogatz adds, owning up to mistakes, such as, in 2001,
just as Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford
was about to address the crowd at
the book launch for Few and Chosen
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Scarry, Seuss Scripts
Recently discovered work by two classic children’s authors will appear on
bookstore shelves in the coming months. Random House Books for Young
Readers will release Richard Scarry’s Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in
August, and the following month will publish Horton and the Kwuggerbug!
by Dr. Seuss, a follow-up to 2011’s The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories.
Golden Books began publishing Scarry’s work in the late 1940s, after he
arrived in New York City to pursue a career in commercial art. Random
House later published a line of his books in the 1970s, and when that company acquired Golden Books in 2001, the Scarry backlists came together
under one roof. The author, who died in 1994, wrote more than 100 books,
which have been translated into dozens of languages and sold more than
300 million copies worldwide.
Scarry’s son, Richard (Huck) Scarry Jr., discovered the manuscript and
sketches for Best Lowly Worm Book Ever in his father’s studio. Huck (who
was so nicknamed by his father after Huckleberry Finn, and whose name in
turn inspired Huckle the Cat) began working with his father as a teenager
on the Busytown books, and has continued to create books in Richard
Scarry’s artistic style for years. He completed and colored the illustrations
for the new book, which follows Lowly through a typically busy day. True to
Richard Scarry tradition, the book introduces early childhood words and
concepts, and includes a search-and-find “Where’s Lowly?” section as well
as a counting lesson.
Mallory Loehr, v-p and publishing director of Random House and Golden
Books for Young Readers, notes that Huck Scarry “has a fun, artistic sensibility, and slips into his father’s world in a very seamless way. He loves creating
his art, and clearly gets these characters in the very same way his dad did.”
Random House last year launched a Richard Scarry rebranding program
featuring a fresh cover design, which kicked off with a new edition of
Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever! to celebrate its 50th year in print. The rebranding,
which entails scanning the books’ original artwork, will run through 2016 and involves
rebranding 10 of the author’s “big books,” including Busy, Busy Town, and Cars and Trucks and
Things That Go, as well as some board books and
out-of-print titles. Due in September is a
rebranded edition of Richard Scarry’s The Night
Before Christmas!

A Seussian Find

The uncovering of Dr. Seuss’s Horton and the
Kwuggerbug! was a different sort of discovery.
Unseen for 60 years, these four stories (like those
collected in The Bippolo Seed) were among the
author’s short fiction published in Redbook magazine in the early 1960s, but never released in
book form. The new collection features familiar
Seussian faces and places—including Horton the
Elephant, Marco, Mulberry Street, and a grinch
of a different color—as well as a commentary by
Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen.
Cohen tracked down the original magazines in
which the stories appeared, and purchased mulScarry and Seuss fans of all
tiple copies for a few dollars each. He eventually
ages can enjoy new older books.
posted copies of these magazine for sale online,
some of which were bought by Cathy Goldsmith, v-p and associate publishing director of Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group, who
served as art director on Geisel’s last books, including Hunches in Bunches,
You’re Only Old Once! and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! “Ted had never mentioned that he wrote for magazines,” Goldsmith recalls. “But I took one look
at the stories and the art and there was no question in my mind that they
were genuine.”
When Random House decided to collect some of the stories in book form,
Goldsmith tackled the task of enhancing Seuss’s nearly 60-year-old drawings. This entailed enlarging Seuss’s black line art and adding color to the
original images, which appeared in the magazines in two colors. “Cathy did
an amazing job enhancing the original art, and it was very special in that she
had worked with Ted personally,” says Mallory Loehr. “We had quite a bit of
discussion about what color the grinch in this book should be—because he’s
a grinch but not the Grinch!” (As it turns out, this grinch is ochre.)
“The magic of Richard Scarry and Dr. Seuss will always appeal to children,” says Loehr of these books’ longevity. “Regardless of what the digital
age has introduced, kids still want to learn about and explore the world
through these pages.”
Seuss fans dropping by the Random House booth (2839) can pick up a but—Sally Lodge
ton promoting Horton and the Kwuggerbug!

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AT THE S H OW

Martin Short
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Martin Short has done just about everything a star
can do: television, movies, the Broadway stage,
and lots and lots of talk show appearances. “His
funniness,” according to David Kamp in a recent
profile in Vanity Fair, “has earned him an exalted
place in show business.” Whether singing,
dancing, fathering brides, or cultivating
characters such the man-child Ed Grimley or the
abominable talk show host Jiminy Glick (whom
Short refers to as a “moron with power”), he is a
consummate entertainer. With the November
release of I Must Say: My Life as a Humble
Comedy Legend (HarperCollins), Martin Short
goes beyond entertaining to reveal a life that has
seen tragedy and heartbreak.
With all his talk show appearances, it’s not
surprising that Short declares, “I’m a natural
type of storyteller.” At first he wasn’t keen on
writing a book because he didn’t want to include
“that story about that thing,” but then it dawned on
him that you don’t have to include everything. And
writing is something he does—and believes we all do
in a way—in our journals, our computers, our

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—Martin Short

thoughts.
Short, who lost both parents by the time he was 20 and lost his wife of 30
years when he was 60, says that writing is a way of “puncturing something
that’s disturbing. When you confront the hard stuff, it’s not as disturbing.” He
says, “I made a choice. My natural orientation was to be buoyant and
positive, so rather than being damaged, I think I became empowered. The
more you understand the hardships in life, the more you are able to
celebrate the good things.”
One of the motivations to tell his story was to give fans “a greater
knowledge of who I am and what has made me who I am.” He
notes that as a “clown boy” with Letterman, Fallon, Conan, and a
long list of other talk show hosts, including Carson, he could be
reserved about the private aspects of his life. But, he notes, “one
upside of getting older is that you gain some wisdom,” and
owing to that he believes his book will be “pretty good.”
Short was not an overnight sensation. He describes his
trajectory to stardom as “slow and steady wins the race,” which
is why he thinks his book will have broad appeal, especially to
the average actor. His book is about the journey and the
process, about life and loss. While he has become well-known,
he points out that he has not achieved the star status of the likes
of John Travolta. In fact, as he jokingly told Conan, he imagines
one word on his gravestone: “almost.” His legions of fans would
disagree that there is anything short of complete when it comes to
this five-foot-seven-inch giant of the entertainment world.
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Poehler take center stage in the Special Events Hall at 12:30. Grab
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Brunelle won four Emmys writing for Bill Nye, and now creates videos for
NPR’s Science Friday and is often featured on Martha Stewart’s radio network—when she is not writing kid-related books or enjoying life on Bainbridge
Island, Wash., with her husband and two young sons.
For her memoir, Mama Gone Geek: Calling on My Inner Science Nerd to
Help Navigate the Ups and Down of Parenthood (Shambhala/Roost, Oct.),
Brunelle knew she did not want to write a how-to and she definitely did not
want to sugarcoat things. “I didn’t want to come across as a know-it-all,
because I don’t know it all,” she says.
Mama Gone Geek consists of essays about different events in Brunelle’s
life—some funny, like when she showed her sons how to make a battery from
a lemon and copper pennies during a blackout. But some things were really
hard to write about, as when her husband had sepsis and nearly died, and
her mother had Alzheimer’s.
“In our culture, we hide the hard things,” says Brunelle. “But I wanted to
teach my kids that these things we go through are part of life.” One of the
essays explores the juxtaposition of her older son’s letting go of Santa at the
same time her mother’s diseased brain had her believing in him again.
Brunelle is signing today, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., at Table 5 in the
Autographing Area. 
—Bridget Kinsella

AT THE S H OW

Paul O. Zelinsky
More Moose Shenanigans
In Moose’s debut outing, Z Is for Moose, written
by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O.
Zelinsky, the impatient title character is not
pleased when his friend Zebra selects Mouse—
rather than the obvious (to him) choice of
Moose—to represent the letter “M” in the
alphabet. In the collaborators’ companion volume, Circle, Square, Moose (Greenwillow, Sept.),
things again go comically awry when Moose
infiltrates a book called Circle, Square, Triangle
and refuses to obey when the narrator insists
he leave.
Zelinsky says that finding the right visual
persona for the strong-willed Moose was initially a challenge—but a pleasant one. “Moose
has quite a definite personality—that was there
in the author’s words,” he says. “But I tried not to look at other cartoon
moose—in particular I didn’t want Moose to look like Bullwinkle. Growing
up, I loved those cartoons, but I created Moose by mostly avoiding what
Bullwinkle—and pictures of actual moose—look like. Though I was inspired
by real moose’s massive bodies, funny-looking thin legs, and knobby knees. I
really identify with those knobby knees.”
A versatile artist, Zelinsky creates picture book illustration that span the
classic, painterly style of his 1998 Caldecott-winning Rapunzel and Caldecott
Honor books Rumpelstiltskin and Hansel and Gretel; the folk art feel of
Caldecott Honor–winning Swamp Angel; and the whimsical, playful art of his
modern classic, The Wheels on the Bus, and Bingham’s Moose stories.
Which style is Zelinsky most comfortable with? “Actually, I don’t even want
to know if I favor one over another,” he muses. “I’m not so much in touch with
my feelings as I am in touch with each story, and I love to try my hand at different things—and hope I’m doing the words justice. When I look at Rapunzel
now, I think, ‘How did I do that?’ But in the actual doing of illustrations, it
feels totally natural.”
Asked if he thinks Moose will make a third picture book appearance,
Zelinsky is positive: “I do think Moose will be back, but the question is who
will be having a problem with him next time around? First it was Zebra, then
it was the book itself—so I’m not sure who will have to cope with him next.”
A longtime Brooklyn resident, Zelinsky is happy to make his way across
the East River to be at Javits today. “Every time I’ve gone to BEA, I’ve loved it,
and every time I haven’t, I’ve wished I had,” he says, adding, “meeting booksellers is really the biggest thing about BEA for me.” Moose fans can find
Zelinsky signing Circle, Square, Moose today, 10:30–11 a.m., at Table 6 in the
Autographing Area. 
—Sally Lodge

Lena Dunham
Where the Girls Are

Lynn Brunelle

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Turning Her Geek On
Lynn Brunelle remembers that her “inner geek”
first began to show itself in the middle of her
fifth and sixth grade “horse phase.” She didn’t
just like horses; she wanted to know every single scientific and beautiful thing about them.
“Science and art are really where my heart
beats,” says Brunelle, who has written about 45
books, mostly how-to titles for parents like her
bestsellers Camp Out! The Ultimate Kids Guide
and Pop Bottle Science (both published by
Workman, where she once worked as an editor).
Brunelle moved from her native Maine and
started her professional career as an editorial assistant at Scientific
American Books, where she was given the task of editing some of the best
scientific minds to a kid-friendly level. When she moved to Workman, science continued to be part of her specialty. Always a fan of the television program Bill Nye the Science Guy, the author got the courage to cold-call Nye’s
show in Seattle and ask if they ever used freelance writers. Not even knowing what a spec script was, Brunelle wrote a dozen and landed a job.
“Nothing was holding me in New York, so I went to Seattle,” she says.

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Golden Globe winner Lena Dunham
is best known as the creator and star
of the hit HBO series Girls, where
she plays 20-something aspiring
writer Hannah Horvath. Writing is
not new to Dunham, who studied
creative writing at Oberlin College
and is a frequent contributor to the
New Yorker. Her first book, Not That
Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She Has “Learned” (Random
House, Sept.), is told with her trademark candor as she explores sex,
work, and “how to remain 10 pounds overweight eating only health
food.” She talks to Show Daily about prose as passion, the differences
between her and alter ego Hannah, and how being around book lovers is
“a dream.”
Dunham is a speaker at the Adult Book & Author Breakfast this morning.
What was your inspiration for writing Not That Kind of Girl and why was
now the time to write it?
Prose is my first passion and I’ve always loved essays, in particular—as
a reader and a writer. I am inspired by authors from Joan Didion to David
Sedaris to Nora Ephron, and the way they explore human experience
using this elegant little form. I felt it was important to write a book now,
at the relative beginning of my career, for a couple of reasons: because of
the creative satisfaction it gives me, and to show people that prose is an
important part of what I do.
What do you want readers to learn from this book?
I consider the book a mixture of (very) personal history, social
commentary and cultural criticism. It’s as much about feminism and
growing up in the Internet age as it is about my own history. I hope that
all readers will come away with a sense that their most humiliating or
confusing experiences have a certain unsung elegance. I want it to make
people feel less alone, the way my favorite books have done for me.
How does this type of writing compare with your other artistic
endeavors, such as creating websites, feature films, and the hit HBO
series Girls?
With television and film, you have dozens of collaborators, dozens of
voices encouraging and questioning you. With the book, it was just a
very private relationship between my editor, Andy Ward, and myself. I
had to trust him as my entire audience, and trust myself as a writer in a
new way. There’s no “we’ll figure it out when we’re shooting the scene.”
What do you think fans of Girls might be surprised to learn in the book?
I think there is a lot of confusion on the part of the audience about
what is Hannah and what is me, and this book makes it clear we had
different childhoods, different ambitions, and different beliefs. She’s a
character and a repository for a lot of my worst instincts and fears.
People will also learn a lot about my uterus.
You have a very large social media following. Can you offer any
thoughts—good or bad—on being instantly accessible to fans?
I love my Twitter pals—they are a tough, funny bunch. Sure, I could do
without some of the more aggressive interactions, but I have truly found
a community online—and in a way I never expected. Also, I do all my
window shopping via Instagram.
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gles to overcome sorrow and find hope and solace. Tóibín has an almost
uncanny ability to portray women, evidenced in Brooklyn and the collection
of stories Mothers and Sons. Tóibín attributes this to being brought up by his
mother and surrounded by women. His father died when Tóibín was only 12
and his mother had a sister who didn’t marry until much later in life, so
Tóibín lived in a home with “women talking, women watching over me.”
The publisher’s jacket copy for Nora Webster calls Tóibín “a writer at the
zenith of his career,” and indeed, with the triumph of The Testament of Mary,
a bestselling novel and Broadway play that offers a bold interpretation of the
mother of Jesus, Tóibín is attracting ever-increasing rave reviews and multitudes of readers. Asked if he himself noticed the uptick in attention, Tóibín is
adamant in his response, saying, “If a writer starts thinking about his career
rather than the next sentence, he is doomed.” He insists, “Books must be written in silence, in a sense of modesty.” And he adds that a writer must be able
to laugh at himself.
Perhaps this humility allows him to be undaunted by the prospect of participating in this morning’s Author Breakfast, where he will join the stage,
television, and screen stars Alan Cumming, Lena Dunham, and Martin Short
(8–9:30 a.m., Special Events Hall). Tóibín believes that the organizers “sensibly
wanted to mix it up with voices from there and there and there.” —Liz Hartman

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Colm Tóibín

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Here,There, and Everywhere
“A lot of things interest me,” says Colm Tóibín,
the critically acclaimed and bestselling novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, professor of
English literature, and librettist who lives in
Dublin, in a bold understatement. The image of
the writer as contemplative loner tucked away
with fingers tapping all day does not fit Tóibín,
who says, “Some writers are nourished at home,
quietly listening to music. I get nourished by
doing things, seeing things.”
His years in Barcelona in the 1970s produced
the award-winning novel, The South, and
Homage to Barcelona (both published in 1990), while his journalism from
Africa and South America was collected in The Trial of the Generals. Brooklyn
and The Master, two of his most acclaimed and best-known novels in the
United States, are about the expat and emigrant experiences writ large. This
summer he is spending time in Boulder, Colo., where The Master will be produced as an opera with a libretto that he has written. But for his newest novel,
Nora Webster (Scribner, Oct.), the peripatetic writer has returned to the place
of his birth, County Wexford in Ireland.
Tóibín’s seventh novel introduces Nora Webster, a fiercely compelling
young widow and mother of four. Running short on money and grieving the
loss of the love of her life and the man who rescued her from the stifling life
to which she was born, Nora is blind to her young sons’ needs as she strug-

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dream, she concluded that the
man was an ogre
and the woman a
fairie. In addition, they lived in
a supernatural
world in which beings could “fall into other people’s houses and not realize
it,” she explains. After unsuccessfully trying to write about the ogre and the
fairie, Dorset shifted gears and focused on their child. “If that’s how your parents met, how would that shape your life?” she wondered. In the novel, as
Selkie Stewart turns 17, the Boston teen realizes that everything she’s ever
been told about who she is has been an elaborate lie to conceal the truth
about her parentage.
This is the first time Dorset has written fantasy, but definitely not the last,
she says, declaring, “It’s the most fun ever.” A newly minted law professor at
the University of Mississippi, the author says she set The Girl Who Never Was
in Beantown because she lived there when she had the dream. “Everything

AT THE S H OW

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Wisdom Publication is showcasing
two titles that offer advice about life:
Brave Parenting: A Buddhist Inspired
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by Krissy Pozatek (Mar.) and Don’t
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“We’re very excited about Brave
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marketing and promotions manager. “Krissy writes that parents
don’t need to hover and overprotect
their children from everything,
because that can end up hurting
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that happens in the book actually happened to me,” she insists about the
magical underpinnings to the novel’s contemporary setting. For example,
Dorset sat on a stalled subway train more than once while riding Boston’s T,
and for all she knows, goblins were responsible for the breakdowns.
“So much of everyday life is absolutely crazy,” she points out. “Wouldn’t it
be great if all the crazy things that happen in our lives had a supernatural
explanation?” Her daily commutes while she wrote her fantasy were “like
living in my novel,” Dorset says, adding that many of her observations landed
in the story.
For instance, she says, while the scientific explanation for the lavender
window panes on some historic Beacon Hill houses is that the 1800s-era glass
had been corrupted, in The Girl Who Never Was, the lavender glass signals to
supernatural beings that one of their kind lives in the house. “You can do
whatever you want with fantasy,” observes the author. “You can have a talking rat. You’re in charge of your world.”
Dorset will be in charge of her world today, 11:30 a.m.–noon, when she
signs copies of The Girl Who Never Was at Table 15 in the Autographing Area. 

—Claire Kirch

face small struggles
Brahm, who is currently
allows them to grow more
living at a Buddhist
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“Brahm is very funny;
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The book, says
says Anderson. “What
Anderson, offers lessons
Brahm does very well is
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These are lessons we
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should all know and
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Buddhism inspires both of these books showcased in Wisdom’s booth.
but we need to let them
Anderson adds.
pick themselves up,” she
“Readers don’t need a
says. “It’s about finding that balWisdom will also give away galbackground in religious studies, or
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leys of Don’t Worry, Be Grumpy:
even know about Buddhism, to
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Inspiring Stories for Making the 

—Ann Byle
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According to Adams Media, a division of F+W Media, the Avon, Mass.,
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“Providing our audience with a seamless experience across devices is key
to ensuring readers have every opportunity to discover the latest books, sharing and discussing the books they love,” says CEO Kim Anderson. “We’re very
excited about this latest release, as it’s not only a major shift in design and
technology but in our audience’s ability to access the Reading Room when
they are out and about.”
The Reading Room recently relocated its global base to New York. “With
more than 70% of our audience in North America, and our print and e-book
e-commerce offerings being U.S. driven—the Reading Room has retail partnerships with retailers outside of the U.S.—it seemed natural to locate our
headquarters here,” says Anderson. The Reading Room reports that it has
doubled its member base over the past nine months and is seeing significant
month-on-month growth. With millions of data points gathering behavioral
data, the Reading Room’s aim at BEA is to meet publishers and other business partners, to try to provide more efficient ways to connect with a highly
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PUBL I SHERS

Common Core:
Advice to Publishers
With the introduction of the Common
Core, the way students learn is about to
change—and publishers are evaluating
the impact of the changes on content
strategy. At their heart, the Common
Core State Standards represent a collaborative, state-led effort to improve educational outcomes based on a new, shared
set of standards. These standards apply
to math and language skills, and are
designed to encourage the critical thinking and reasoning skills essential for success in a globalized economy and society.
You’ve probably read something about
the controversy surrounding the impleRoy Kaufman
mentation of the Common Core—the biggest issue involves testing. And if you check the BEA program, you’ll note
several panels on this hot topic. But the main elements of Common Core
are simple, if sweeping:
—Standards: Student achievement varies greatly state by state. Establishing a nationwide standard of achievement, with assessments designed
to measure its effect, provides a context for improvement.
—Readiness: Studies have long shown that U.S. students entering college
are underprepared for the rigors of higher education and of work beyond
that. Common Core addresses this by pushing curricula that require reading materials that challenge students to perform at a higher level.
—Authentic Content: It is no longer good enough to assess students on
passages created for tests. Students will now be assessed on passages
from published works, and those works will enter the classroom as
instructional materials.
—The Classics: Despite the rumors, Common Core is not removing the socalled classic works of literature from the classrooms, but instead is adding
sources that complement and provide context to the classics. For example,
when reading The Great Gatsby, students might also read news articles on
the Prohibition era or chapters from social histories of the 1920s.
For publishers, the Common Core is a major change, as new curricula
now require a vast amount of informational texts on a range of subjects
and from a range of media that were previously underused in courses. In
grades 3–5, for example, Common Core recommends that 50% of reading
be in the form of informational texts. This rises to 60% in the middle school
grades and 70% in high school.
As the Common Core Standards are being implemented, the demand for
content, both entire works and portions, is rising, and many publishers,
including adult trade publishers, university presses, and news and magazine publishers, will now be working with a perhaps unfamiliar market sector. This is an opportunity—although one that comes with significant challenges. For example, curriculum decisions are largely made at the local level,
and while key decision makers in each district may be experts in education,
they are not always experts in content discovery and licensing. How will
they discover new content, license it, and make it available to classrooms?
Publishers will need to be proactive, while taking into consideration
what content is going to be in demand and how to get the content and
rights where they are needed. Their content must be visible and easily
available. Effectively managing digital rights and licenses will be critical.
And as the overall implementation of the Common Core evolves, licenses
must be flexible enough to evolve as well.
Publishers of textbooks and canonical works should consider how to
make these works more useful in this new context. What informational
materials should supplement an existing work? Should additional content
appear in the book or in a separate supplement? Are a publisher’s systems
and processes prepared for requests for curriculum use? The more quickly
publishers react to market demands, the more likely that their content will
be incorporated into curricula and that licenses will be issued.
Schools in the United States are in the beginning stages of adopting the
Common Core and college and career readiness standards, and publishers should follow the sector and position their content to best take advantage of this new academic future. The annual educational market in 2013
for published content was $9 billion, and on its current trajectory, that market is poised to grow, with greater amounts of content, whether whole
works or portions, to be in demand very soon. To seize this opportunity,
publishers will need to be agile and innovative.
—Roy S. Kaufman, managing director, New Ventures,
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Coming to Canada
Canadians at BEA will have a
chance to hear more details about
their own new book fair launching
November 13–16. Cofounder Steven
Levy and other organizers are
attending and promoting Inspire!
Toronto International Book Fair,
which aims to fill a void left when
Reed Exhibitions closed BookExpo
Canada in 2009.
However, the new fair, which will
take place in the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre, just as BookExpo
Canada did, is not following the former’s trade show model. Inspire! is
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with tickets for
the whole
weekend being
sold to the public for $15 each.
According to Inspire! cofounder
Rita Davies, the event will include
275 hours of main floor and workshop programming and more than
400 Canadian and international
authors. Indigo Books and Music,
Canada’s biggest bookselling retail
chain, will be the official bookseller
at each of five stages for readings
and other author events—although
publishers can make separate
arrangements with other booksellers at their booths or sell books
directly themselves, says Davies.
She reports that the show “is nudg-

ing 70%” in terms of the portion of
floor space sold. Though Inspire!
has not yet released a list of participants, Penguin Random House
Canada, Simon & Schuster Canada,
and Scholastic Canada have said
they will be present.
Penguin Random House Canada
just announced that it will collaborate with Indigo on a major booth
presence. “It is not that often that a
major new initiative focused around
books is launched. We feel this is a
great opportunity to connect directly
with consumers in the leadup to the
biggest bookselling season of the
year,” says Tracey Turriff, senior v-p
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House Canada.
Part of publishers’ discontent
with BookExpo Canada had been
its expense, particularly because
the outlay didn’t have any direct
result in terms of book sales. While
the venue remains the same,
Davies says they are trying to make
participation more affordable for
smaller publishers.
The Ontario Book Publishers
Organization will have a pavilion
for indie publishers, which David
Caron, ECW’s co-publisher, has been
promoting to OBPO members. It
will have 10 round spaces divided
into quarter sections, which are
being offered first to member publishers, then to Ontario publishers,
and finally to any Canadian publisher, he tells Show Daily. ECW will
be part of the Canadian Manda
Group booth, but Caron says it may
also take some space in the indie
pavilion, alongside other publishers such as Dundurn.
Caron acknowledges that beyond
the cost of the booth, publishers still
have the costs of authors traveling
to the event, along with marketing
expenses and staffing. It adds up, he
says, but he notes that the Ontario
Media Development Corporation is
providing some funding for travel
and marketing for Canadian authors.
Linda Leith, who established
her own small press in 2011 after
founding and being artistic director of Blue Metropolis Montreal
International Literary Festival for
more than 12 years, will be part of
the new Toronto fair. “I think it’s an
event that can be very important to
small publishers as well as large
publishers, and we need to support
it to get it on its feet and on its way,”
she says. She points out that the
cost of a stand is less than for the
Salon du Livre in Quebec. “In competitive terms, they are doing their
best to keep the costs down for
small publishers” she says.
—Leigh Anne Williams

IPBA Reveals 2014 Benjami
At a gala awards ceremony at New York
University’s Kimmel Center on Wednesday,
the Independent Book Publishers
Association named the Gold winners for
the 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards, which
recognize “excellence in book editorial
and design.” Gold winners were selected
from a group of 154 honorees in 52 categories, announced by the IBPA in early May.
Gold winners included The Old Man’s
Love Story by Rudolfo Anaya for Popular
Fiction (Univ. of Oklahoma Press), Brave
the Unknown by Ushi Patel for Poetry/
Literary Criticism (Skywriter Books), and
Tuesdays with Todd & Brad Reed: A
Michigan Tribute by Todd Reed and Brad
Reed in the categories of Cover Design and
Interior Design (Todd & Brad Reed
Photography).
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Firecrackers Are Back After
A 12-Year Hiatus
The Council of Literary Magazines
and Presses has teamed up with
the American Booksellers
Association to revive the
Firecracker Awards, which were
last given in 2002. The overhauled
awards will be devoted to “celebrating independent literary publishers and self-published works of
high literary merit.”
Founded in 1996 by Koen Book
Distribution’s John Davis, the
Firecracker Alternative Book
Awards, or FABs, were designed to
honor books on the “unmapped
edges of contemporary culture”
that “sharpen the cutting edge.”
Winners have included George
Perec’s Life: A User’s Manual and
Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation.
Unlike the first iteration of the
awards, the new Firecracker
Awards will not focus purely on
“alternative” or “underground”
works, but rather all literary titles
of the “highest quality,” including
self-published books.
From the outset, the awards had
been orchestrated by a group of volunteers, rather than an organization.
In 2001, when the task had become
unsustainable, the Firecracker
group approached Jeffrey Lependorf,
executive director of the CLMP,
about becoming the steward of the
prize.  Lependorf had just been
hired, and his focus was on getting
CLMP ≠on better financial footing,
so he passed on having the association oversee the awards. Thirteen
years later, not only is the timing
better for CLMP but, according to
Lependorf, the climate of the industry is ripe for an award that highlights indie publishing.
“New and lasting literature from
independent publishers, and from

self-published authors as well, has
been moving from the fringes to the
middle,” he notes. “We believe the
new Firecracker Awards can significantly increase the profile of exceptional, independently produced and
self-published books. We want readers to know about the best from the
full world of literary book publishing.”
In addition to broadening the
focus from strictly unorthodox
works, the refurbished Firecracker

Awards will feature a new judging
system. Previously, winning books
were selected via an online voting
system, which, despite its “good
intentions,” bore a lack of transparency that raised concerns for
Lependorf. The new awards will be
judged by a panel of writers, editors,
booksellers, and agents. Members
of the Firecracker Committee
include representatives from Tin
House, Workman Publishing,

Random House,  Byliner, Greenlight
Books, and a host of literary agents,
in addition to CLMP and the ABA.
The first Firecracker Awards will
honor titles published in 2014, with
submissions opening to publishers
and self-published authors in the
fall. The first winners of the new
award, like the winners of the
Firecracker of old, will be presented at an “unforgettable” party
—Clare Swanson
at BEA 2015.

enjamin Franklin Winners
ber of books submitted to this year’s program,” says IBPA executive director
Angela Bole. “The 154 titles selected for
Gold and Silver awards create a strong and
diverse catalogue of award-winning books
to consider for the upcoming buying season.”
In addition, the top prize for the Bill
Fisher Award for Best First Book went to
Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki
Grows a Tail by Kelly Luce for Fiction (A
Strange Object), Divine Secrets of the Ta-Ta
Sisterhood: Pledging the Pink Sorority by
Joanna Chapman for Nonfiction (Cosmic
Casserole Press), and Bad Dad by Derek
Munson for Children’s/Young Adult
(Cannonball Books).
For a full list of the Gold and Silver winners, visit www.ibpa-online.org/bf.
—Clare Swanson

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Isaacson on Innovation
responsible for sustaining
that innovation.”
Isaacson’s previous book,
Steve Jobs, provided insight
into the value of collaborative
efforts. “When he was at
Pixar, Steve designed the
office with the bathrooms in
the center of the large work
space. This was no accident.
He wanted people to have
serendipitous encounters at
work, to bump into one
another on the way to use the facilities so they could share ideas. The
Internet was invented for collaborative innovation.”
Although The Innovators doesn’t
favor one person over another,
Isaacson told the audience that he
is particularly taken by the story of
Lord Byron’s daughter, Ada
Lovelace. “She was a creative person, a poet, and caught in the middle of her parents’ bad marriage.
Lady Byron objected to Ada’s
poetry writing and insisted she be
tutored in math instead,” Isaacson
says. Still a poet at heart, when
Lovelace was taught how to use a

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In his new book, The Innovators:
How a Group of Inventors, Hacker,
Geniuses and Geeks Created the
Digital Revolution (S&S, Oct. 7),
Walter Isaacson credits not one historical figure but teams of collaborative people that, over time, “made
Steve Jobs possible.”
As keynote speaker yesterday
morning, Isaacson, interviewed by
the Slate Group’s Jacob Weisberg,
explains that these teams, having
met at the intersection of the
Internet and computers, were
responsible for the evolution of the
digital age. “During the Vietnam
War, academics avoided the draft
by going to work for the Pentagon,”
he says. “They worked on classified
computer programs.” During this
time, Robert Noyce founded the
Intel Corporation and came to be
known as “the father of Silicon
Valley,” a visionary leader who
didn’t believe in hierarchy and likened his team to a group of madrigal singers, all working in harmony.
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if publishers really engaged in that and gave libraries a better experience,
what could they do with that?” Jankowski began, arguing that creating a
better user experience for library users was the most important task at
hand. “I think we’re all kidding ourselves if we think we’re going to become
retailers,” he said, referring to efforts to embed buy buttons in library catalogues. “I think that [retail] war is already being fought by companies a lot
bigger than those of us at this table.”
Jankowski said it was imperative for libraries and publishers not to be
adversarial, but to work together to leverage technology “the way technology is supposed to be leveraged,” instead of putting “artificial restrictions”
on the e-lending process. He railed against the idea of adding “friction” to
the library experience, instead arguing there was already too much friction
in the library space. To compete and stay relevant in a world where Amazon
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offer a better experience than the current model, he argued.
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“I think that [retail] war is already being
fought by companies a lot bigger than
those of us at this table.”
—Jeff Jankowski

said, causing librarians in the room to break out in applause.
Jankowski also aimed his pitch at the publishers in the room. “I think that
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is going to help create a hedge against some big retailers,” he said.
“Libraries don’t want to squeeze you and leverage you for margins.
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Shh! The Library’s Buzzing
Representatives from seven publishers were greeted by a room packed
with librarians eager to hear the
big books of 2014. The session was
the first of two installments of
AAP’s “Annual Librarian Book
Buzz” session.
HarperCollins’s Virginia Stanley
presented several big name authors
to kick off the session, leading off
with Richard Ford’s new book, Let
Me Be Frank with You (Ecco, Dec.),
which marks the return of legendary protagonist Frank Bascombe,
who last appeared in The Lay of the
Land (2006). The latest book is

dubbed “a quartet of
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However, it was
crime writer Sophie
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a mystery written in
the style of Agatha
Christie, that Stanley
predicted would be
“the literary event of the year.”
Technology is an increasingly
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society at large. This certainly is

evident from the books Molly
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slated for November publication.
One title particularly relevant to
the library community was What
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and the End of Privacy as We Know
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insider’s view of the marketing tactics used in casinos. Those headed
to Vegas next month for the ALA
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hitting the slots.
When it came time for Hachette’s
presentation, marketing directors
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were met with a round of applause
and even a few howls from the crowd,
undoubtedly a response to their
company’s clash with Amazon.
Among titles highlighted was Elin
Hilderbrand’s Winter Street, which
has already garnered librarian support as one of LibraryRead’s June
books. Another book that met with
excitement from the crowd was So
We Read On by Maureen Corrigan,
the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air.
Chris Vaccari, director of library
marketing for Sterling, who also
served as moderator of the group,
was in high spirits, promoting his
own list, which included books on
beer, wine, and bourbon. He seemed
particularly fond of Kevin Zraly’s
Windows on the World Complete
Wine Course (Oct.).
Melville publisher Dennis
Johnson presented an array of
titles across all genres, including
two sports books: a novel about
soccer, Red or Dead by David
Peace; followed by Steve Almond’s
Against Football: One Fan’s
Reluctant Manifesto (Sept.).
Macmillan’s Anne Spieth was a
true crowd pleaser as she highlighted Murder at the Brightwell by
Ashley Weaver. This is the debut
novel from Weaver, herself a
librarian.
Everyone likes to support one of
their own. This reporter was
pleased to hear Julie Schaper,
president of Consortium, praise a
title particularly dear to PW’s
heart: The Business of Naming
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Magic in the Air at Middle-Grade Buzz Panel
There definitely were common elements to the five novels presented during
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mixed up fairy tale themes with real-life issues to produce excellent reads
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Jordan Brown, a senior editor at HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray, talked up
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that offered Yeh more money after Little, Brown’s bid had already been
accepted by her agent. “I found this book irresistible,” Ling said. “It’s everything I love most about middle-grade fiction.”
Kate Harrison of Penguin Young Readers Group called Life of Zarf: The
Trouble with Weasels her “dream book,” admitting that the book about a
troll in middle school in a fairy tale world “with modern touches” made her
laugh almost nonstop from page one onwards. Harrison decided that she
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school social hierarchy. “The humor in this book is absolutely brilliant,”
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