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2009-04-21 12:44 am
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BookExpo America autographing

The autographing list for BookExpo America just went up, and I read them even though I'm not planning to attend this year. Because the lists are hilarious. Publicists attempt to come up with a pithy statement about the book being autographed in twenty words or less, often (seemingly) without any awareness of how genre, publicity campaigns, and the English language work. As a result, we get such amazing descriptions as the following:

Beautifully illustrated guide for the Sex and the City generation. (Guide to what?)

Epic fantasy and sci-fi series with magic, mysticism, and science. (This describes such a large percentage of the sff lists as to be meaningless.)

A funny and poignant story about a very unlikely friendship. (Again, this describes an amazing quantity of the mainstream fiction lists. It is utterly meaningless! But well done on not identifying a single thing about the setting or genre, guys, seriously.)

A world where few can be trusted. (I think this wins the "Genre? Wait, is it even fiction?" award.)

A military experiment questions the human race in this haunting thriller. (I'm not sure if I'm supposed to take this literally or not -- like, is this Adam-the-demon-robot-human interrogates humans? I suspect it is, instead, that the existence of X in the experiment leads to pseudo-philosophical questions. Could be wrong!)

An instant steampunk zombie classic! (... okay, I'd read it.)

How a Boston terrier gives a new perspective on single parenthood and unconditional love. (Nothing in the description indicates if this is self-help, or fiction with a talking dog, or what.)

A political thriller about ex kgb and suitcase bombs in the US (ex kgb bombs? ex kgb agents? adjective in search of a noun?)

Oh, and this one requires author and title to make me snerk:
Senator Jim DeMint [R-SC], Saving Freedom. DeMint's firsthand account of the unsettling socialist shift.
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2007-04-24 11:31 am
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Boooooks!

So the BEA autographing schedule has been posted, and all I have to say is that this is the best fifteen-words-or-less blurb ever: "Gay themed coming-of-age murder mystery based on Pinocchio."

No, really.

Anyway, as you all know by now: this is a three-ish day conference for people in or associated with the book business. This year it's in New York, May 31 - June 3. If you go, you end up coming home with hundreds and hundreds of free books from autographing and from the show floor (after the cost of admission, which is around $75-$100 depending on the kind of person you can register as; if you teach, you can register as an education professional). I'm almost certainly not going this year, because I don't know anyone in NYC and am too cheap to pay even hostel prices for NYC. But! Some of y'all should definitely go.

Even if I'm not going, though, this is always the point in the year at which I go "Alan Alda's written a book about 'living a life of meaning'? Julianne Moore's written a YA book about having freckles?" (Both true, both being signed.) So on that note:

Alison Bechdel signing the pb version of Fun Home!
S.E. Hinton is signing the 40th anniversary edition of the Outsiders!
Judy Blume! New chapter book! Really!
Ann Martin -- of "The Baby-sitters Club" series -- is starting a new series: "Main Street."
Sandra Boynton, with a new book about penguins.
Joyce Carol Oates signing The Gravedigger's Daugher.
Ann Patchett (of Bel Canto) with a new book.
A book called Typo: The Last American Typesetter.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, who writes a new knititng book every year. This one is called Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off
An awesomely hilarious book titled The Camera Phone Book: How to Shoot Like a Pro. No, seriously. By National Geographic. Isn't that the most hilarious thing ever?
The best post-Lemony Snickett pseudonym ever for a chapter book author: Pseudonymous Bosch. I don't expect fifth-graders to get that, but I'm snickering.
Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity: the end? we're over it?
FLOW: The Life and Times of Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Um. Are we seeing this as a national bestseller?
Hugging Life : A Practical Guide to Artful Hugging Well, mostly I just ... you know, wait until I think other people are okay with me in their personal space, and then I hug them.
Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's third Peter Pan book.
Artemis Fowl graphic novel.
Beowulf graphic novel.
Holly. Black. Two books. No kidding.
OMG The Secret book. By Atria Books. Eewwww.
"Scientific proof of gene regulation by belief, nurturing, and intention!" Riiiiight. *backs away slowly*

Da Vinci Code ripoff count: "A rare-books dealer must unravel a secret that has been hidden in the illuminations of the Gutenberg Bible." And maybe: "A thrilling race to find a lost draft of the Constitution!" and "Who has Pancho Villa's skull? Who will kill for it?" and "Race to uncover the secret of the murder of Hitler's mistress!"

Badly worded blurb count: "Teen author eliminates apprehensions over first-time experiences with Winston, the Squirrel." (Me: Wait, WHAT? First time experiences with... oh, right, by means of a story about. Check.) "Historical story that became most American's first exposure to pedophilia" (Huh? Oh, it's non-fiction. Oh, actually the author is a detective who worked on this case in the 1950s.) "A fantasy adventure that combines actual history, folklore, mythology, and legend." (As opposed to all that fake history.) "Re-telling of Jamestown story in post-apocalyptic future." (Um. What?)

Most hilarious blurbs: " A major hurricane hits NYC in this thriller by the Emmy Award-winning meteorologist!" "An infectiously enthusiastic guide to aprons that are suddenly everywhere." "Suspense novel about a serial killer and the homicide detective determined to catch him." (This is the blurb that describes all thrillers. ALL.) "This book will transform the life of everyone who reads it." (Thanks! What's it about?)

Celebrity signings: Tiki Barber (former Giants running back) with a chapter book and an autobiography; Rupert Boneham (of Survivor) with the Story Of His Fame Etc; the aforementioned Alan Alda and Julianne Moore; John Carter Cash with a book about June Carter Cash; Bruce Dern with a Story of His Fame Etc; Chris Elliott signing what is probably yet another crappy novel masquerading as humor; Charles Grodin signing a self-help book about mistakes; Tim Gunn (of Project Runway) with a book on fashion; Steve Harvey with some sort of superhero novel featuring himself; John Lithgow with a compiled "poetry book for the whole family;" Mandisa of American Idol with a sorta self-help autobiography; Roscoe Orman of Sesame Street (Gordon) again; Karna Small Bodman (apparently a director of the national security council under Reagan) signing a thriller; Anita Thompson (Hunter S.'s wife) with a book on Hunter S.
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2006-08-01 01:54 am
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Books for the taking, the 2006 edition: Part IV

This should be it for BEA books, thank heavens. Previous posts are here, here, and here; you can still claim anything in those posts, too. The rules are in part one, but the basics are: claim as much or as little as you want and don't worry about asking for too much. There are duplicates of some of these, so go ahead and ask even if someone else already has. Postage is free, too, but if you want to send us cookies we won't say no.

The Grays. Whitley Strieber. August 2006. Signed. X-Filesish fiction )

Two manga samplers. )

Anne Freaks Volume 1. Yua Kotegawa. March 2006. Manga. This opens with Yuri burying his mom, whom he has just killed; then Anne Freaks shows up, tells him it's a bad place because someone will surely find the body, knocks him out, and does a better job of body disposal.  )

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Angelic Days Volume 1. Fumino Hayashi. May 2006. Manga. An alternate reality of the original Evangelion )

Missouri Boy. Leland Myrick. September 2006. Graphic novel memoir )

The Way of the Wilderking. Jonathan Rogers. May 2006. I haven't read this; extrapolation from back cover copy follows )

How I Lost 10 Pounds in 53 Years: A Memoir. Kaye Ballard with Jim Hesselman. September 2006. Hollywood Comedian's Memoir With Revealing Anecdotes )

On Christmas Eve. Ann M. Martin. October 2006. Christmas book. Um, obviously. )

SuperVariety Sudoku. James E. Riley, ed. No lj-cut necessary; it's a book of sudoku and dual sudoku and wordoku puzzles.

The following books are signed to one of us, or to some random person. (Some people don't follow directions well, don't take no for an answer, or refuse to just sign their books, for fear that they will turn up on EBay or something. The people most concerned about EBay are frequently the people who have least reason to be concerned.)

Memories of Empire. Django Wexler. September 2005. Haven't read it, but the usually guessing will happen behind the cut )

An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers, Politicos, Polluters, and the Fight for Seadrift, Texas. Diane Wilson. September 2005. Think Erin Brockovich, only with the county leading the nation in toxic emissions )

The Water Prescription for Health Vitality and Rejuvenation. Christopher Vasey. This isn't someone who was confused about signing; this is someone who would not leave m_shell alone until she agreed to take a copy )

TV Guide: Celebrating an Icon. Stephen Hofer, ed. March 2006. For those interested in pop culture, this contains a color reproduction of every tv guide cover. Ever. )

And sundries: temporary tattoos with the domiKNITrix logo; a set of twenty postcards by Brom, goth but cooler than anticipated from the images I'd previously seen; buttons and pins (I Lie for a Living, Kids Rule, The President's Nemesis, Mindful Politics: It's the Ego, Stupid, etc, good as bases for crafters); a guitar pick; a stretchy bracelet that says "anime wa inochi"; miscellaneous posters; and, for anyone who actually read this far, North-South Books' fab promotion: a Rainbow Fish t-shirt, sized Kids L (6-8). Said t-shirt is text-free; it's just the shiny rainbow fish from the book cover.

ETA: Also we have Arden Shakespeare Books of Quotations. These are cute mini books (with excellent paper) of themed Shakespeare quotes; we have two each of Love, Nature, and the Seven Ages of Man, and six each of Life and Death.
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2006-07-31 12:42 pm
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Books for the taking: the 2006 edition, part III

For rules of the game, take a look at part one. The basics are: claim as much or as little as you want. There are duplicates of some of these, so go ahead and ask even if someone else already has. Postage is free, too, but if you want to send us cookies we won't say no.

All of the books in this post are signed by the authors.

The Erotic Writer's Market Guide. The Circlet Press Collective. June 2006. market guide + the usual suggestions for writers )

The Dream Thief. Helen Rosburg. Medallion Press, which means historical fiction/romance novel )

The Scroll of Seduction. Gioconda Belli, trans. Lisa Dillman. September 2006. I haven't read it, but this is what I know )

Sharp Objects. Gillian Flynn. October 2006. Thriller featuring a reporter whose first assignment has her returning to her hometown )

Provincetown Follies, Bangkok Blues. Randall Peffer. May 2006. This is the one that was billed as, "Drag queens. Murder. Provincetown, Massachusetts. Vietnam. Thailand." )

Knitting Rules. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. March 2006. Amusing book of knitting tips, tricks, anecdotes, and neat sidebars )

Murder Across the Map. Cindy Daniel, ed. October 2005. Twelve short murder mysteries )

Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars: The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas. (This copy still uses "Walendas" throughout rather than Zalindas.) Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin. September 2006. Sherlock Holmes from the POV of the Baker Street Irregulars )

The Pale Blue Eye. Louis Bayard. June 2006. Cadet Edgar Allen Poe + West Point + body with stolen heart + a police detective with a secret )

The Sea of Monsters. Rick Riordan. April 2006. YA. Haven't read it, but here's what I know )

Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-Powered Politics. Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zuniga (of the Daily Kos). March 2006. Haven't read it, and you probably know more than I do anyway )

The Floating Island. Elizabeth Haydon. September 2006. YA. Haven't read this one either; here's what I know )

And there will be a part four, apparently, with some miscellaneous stuff (manga, Shakespeare quotations, books where an author insisted on signing one to me and one to [livejournal.com profile] m_shell even if we said "no, we just need the one," that sort of thing).
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2006-07-30 11:39 pm
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Books for the taking: the 2006 edition, part II

And there may even be a part three. Oy. For rules of the game, take a look at part one. The basics are: claim as much or as little as you want. There are duplicates of some of these, so go ahead and ask even if someone else already has. Postage is free, too, but if you want to send us cookies we won't say no.

Pornology: One Nice Girl's Quest to Understand Strip Clubs, Sex Toys, Magazines, And Videos Before She Learned to Relax Because After All, It's Just Sex. Ayn Carrillo-Gailey. February 2007. Again, I haven't read it, but [livejournal.com profile] m_shell has, and she says... )

The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament. Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. May 2003. Haven't read this one either... )

Trust. Charles Epping. June 2006. Another book with the words 'the da vinci code' in the cover copy )

Haters. Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (author of the Dirty Girls Social Club, but this is YA). October 2006. We're clearly in the 'haven't yet read it' post )

Catalina. Markus Orths; trans. Helen Atkins. October 2006. The usual historic fiction about women. Meaning plenty of cross-dressing. )

Storm Thief. Chris Wooding. September 2006. YA, fantasy. Okay, it's lifted from Douglas Adams, but still: probability storms are a neat concept )

Stone Light. Kai Meyer, trans. Elizabeth Crawford. January 2007. YA fantasy. Winged stone lion army. I need describe no other plot points. )

Firestorm. David Klass. September 2006. YA, adventure/fantasy. Guess what? Haven't read this one either, but [livejournal.com profile] m_shell has, and she says... )

Passing the Time in the Loo. Steven Anderson, ed. July 2005. Summaries of classic stories, quotes by theme, instructions in the basic rules of soccer, a trivia section: yep, it's a bathroom book. )

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette. Sena Jeter Naslund. October 2006. Yep, it's a fictional memoir of Marie Antoinette )

Mary: A Novel. Janis Cooke Newman. September 2006. Yep, it's a fictional memoir of Mary Todd Lincoln. It's a theme! )

The Meaning of Night: A Confession. Michael Cox. September 2006. Murder! Revenge! Love! Victorian England! )

Red River. Lalita Tademy (author of Cane River). January 2007. "Epic Work of Fiction" and all that jazz )

And... still more to come tomorrow morning.
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2006-07-30 07:55 pm

Books for the taking: the 2006 edition

It's free book time again! What this means is that [livejournal.com profile] m_shell and I finally sorted through various BEA books. (Yes, it's been two months. Look, there were a lot of books.) Books and other things listed behind the cut are free for the taking; we'll happily mail them out to you book rate. We're both broke students, though, so we won't say no to anyone who feels a need to send us cookies or pay for postage or whatever.

Claim the books you'd like in the comments (or by IM or email), and send one of us your snail mail address if we don't have it. Feel free to request as many books as you'd like; part of the point of this is to get them out of our apartment. Go ahead and ask even if someone has already claimed something; we have two (!) copies of some of these.

The Interpretation of Murder. Jed Rubenfeld. September 2005. Freud + serial killer + amnesiac woman + kinky sex )

The Looking Glass Wars. Frank Beddor. September 2006. The True Story of Alyss in Wonderland. )

I Could Have Sung All Night. Marni Nixon with Stephen Cole. September 2006. Before I even get to the cut-tag: Marni Nixon is the singer who dubbed for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. The Buffy writer/producer is Marti Noxon. Okay, now that that's over with: Marni Nixon and the Golden Age of the Hollywood Musical )

Bliss. O.Z. Livaneli. October 2006. Turkish morality fable? )

Friends of Meager Fortune. David Adams Richards. February 2007. Love and Lumber )

Comrade Rockstar. Reggie Nadelson. June 2006. Reissue. During the Cold War, an American wanna-be rocker can't make it big in the U.S.... so he tries Russia )

No God In Sight. Altaf Tyrewala. August 2006. Reissue. Fifty connected first-person shorts )

Julius Winsome. Gerard Donovan. October 2006. Yet another one I haven't read! )

Crispin: At the Edge of the World. Avi. September 2006. Crispin: not as cool as Charlotte Doyle, but still fun. )

Leven Thumps and the Whispered Secret. Obert Skye. October 2006. So it's obvious from the cover that it's a Harry Potter rip-off but hey, it's a mildly entertaining Harry Potter rip-off. )

Three Shades of Night (World of Darkness). Janet Trautvetter, Sarah Roark, Myranda Sarro. Haven't read it, haven't skimmed it, don't know anything about it )

Typecasting: On the Arts & Sciences of Human Inequality. Stuart Ewen and Elizabeth Ewen. September 2006. I haven't read this, but [livejournal.com profile] m_shell has, and she describes it as a dense, intensively cross-referenced tome that attempts to outline the entire history of western "scientific" support for racism and ethnocentrism. )

Billy Boyle: A World War II Mystery. James Benn. September 2006. This one snuck up on me; I knew it was a historical mystery/thriller, like the Poe mystery or the Freud thriller, just from the title, but guess what? It actually fits into that category even better: our main character is the nephew of Dwight Eisenhower. And working for him during WWII. )

>Abadazad: The Road to Inconceivable. J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog. Part-graphic novel. June 2006. Abadazad comics turned into part-diary part-graphic novel )

Peter and the Shadow Thieves. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. July 2006. Sequel to Peter and the Starcatchers. We've done Oz and Alice, so let's hit Peter Pan next. )

Escape From the Carnivale: A Neverland Book. Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. October 2006. A book-for-younger-readers in the Peter and the Starcatchers series. )

Here, There Be Dragons. James A. Owen. October 2006. Only skimmed it. )

Little Fur: The Legend Begins. Isobelle Carmody (author of the Obernewtyn Chronicles). Haven't read this one, either )

More follow in the next post.
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2006-05-27 08:14 pm

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It's starting to be the kind of weather that makes me think longingly of air conditioning. And want to eat nothing but cold pasta salad and ice cream. (Not together.) We recently received a birthday package from [livejournal.com profile] sineala and [livejournal.com profile] lysimache, and in it we found Herrells chocolate-almond sauce. I could eat this stuff forever; we're going to have to get more vanilla ice cream.

Dear Philadelphia: upper seventies at the most, okay? or at least a strong breeze? no love, [livejournal.com profile] eruthros

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This morning, while the rice pudding was baking, we finally hauled all the bags of books up from the car and sorted them out. This is always the astonishing part of the BookExpo process, as you attempt to remember when (or why) you picked up some of the books you find in the bag. Or the tschotchkes - why do we have two t-shirts that say "in space, no one can hear you read?" and what are they advertising?

In any case, expect a post on the subject of "um, somehow we seem to have picked up three copies of the Dave Barry book" and "we got this signed to you but we don't remember your address" soon.

I have to highlight one particular inscribed book here, though, even though we don't have extra copies of it. It's Broken Trail, which I've been calling "the ni hao book." Yes, that's right: I smiled politely at Alan Geoffrion and asked him if he would sign a copy to my friend [livejournal.com profile] joie_de_livre, a librarian in the Bay Area. I did not mention that I wanted a copy for her because she had come up with the best summary imaginable for his book. I thought it might be rude, given... well:

The publicist's summary: A hardened old rancher crosses paths with five Chinese women being forced into prostitution.
[livejournal.com profile] joie_de_livre's take: "Ni hao, ni hao, ni hao, ni hao, ni hao, ni howdy!"

So, [livejournal.com profile] joie_de_livre, expect the ni hao book any day now!
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2006-05-25 02:26 pm

BookExpo Themes

1. Thrillers featuring famous people. Sure, there was the usual historical fiction -- Mary, a fictional life of Mary Todd Lincoln; Mrs. Shakespeare, a fictional life of Anne Hathaway; and Abundance, a fictional life of Marie Antoinette -- but there was also a mystery/thriller set at West Point featuring Edgar Allen Poe and a mystery/thriller set in New York featuring Freud and Jung. (And heiresses in the plural. And it is titled Interpretation of Murder. It is to giggle. Apparently, this book is expected to kick up the fiction market in the fall, which has been pretty soft so far this year.)

2. A tremendous decrease in memoir and autobiography. Last year was the year of memoirs; this year, we've got non-fiction on all sorts of subjects, including a tremendous quantity of September 11th/Katrina/political stuff, but I don't think I saw memoir at all except from already famous people -- food reviewers doing Their Life In Food sort of thing, people related to baseball players doing My Life in Baseball, political relatives doing How Cool Bush, Sr Is, Really or How Cool Cheney Is, Really. (That would be George H.W. Bush's daughter and Mary Cheney, respectively.)

3. That brings me to the biggest category of nonfiction: 9/11! Katrina! Iraq! Bush!

3a. Katrina as an aberration! Historical perspectives on hurricanes! Anniversary books for Katrina! The Katrina titles include: The Great Deluge (Douglas Brinkley), Breach of Faith (Jed Horne), and Path of Destruction (Mark Schleifstein). We've even got historical focuses: LSU press is doing a book called Conservative Conservationist about some mid-century Republican's efforts to preserve wetlands, and Vintage is re-releasing Bayou Farewell, all about Why We Get Bad Hurricanes These Days.

3b. Anniversary books for 9/11! Including the graphic novel of the 9/11 report. (I kid you not. Buzz around this one is actually really positive, but I haven't seen it.)

3c. The Bush/Iraq/election category. We loves Bush! We hates Bush! How the Democrats can win! Why we can't let the Democrats win! Books by politicians (yes, in the plural), journalists, bloggers. John Ashcroft. Barak Obama. Edward Kennedy. Ariana Huffington (who claims to not mention Bush by name in her book; the political is all implied rather than outright.) Bob Woodward. Michael Isikoff. Markos Zuniga, of the Daily Kos, and Jerome Armstrong collaborating. Books about puppies being adopted by marines in Baghdad, about soldiers who are saying no to Iraq, about soldiers' letters, even a graphic novel about a pride of lions in Baghdad. (I did not see the text for that one, so I can't make a statement about the intent of same. It's called Pride of Baghdad, as I recall. The lions are freed when Baghdad is bombed, or something. *vague*)

4. In YA fiction, the biggest trend continues to be As Cool As Harry Potter But Not a Rip-Off, Really, but there are some other areas of interest as well. Tokyopop and others are taking advantage of anime and manga and attempting to do novels in the style of manga. There's a little bump in YA historical fiction to match the overall historical fiction surge (M.T. Anderson's latest book, actually, is YA historical fiction set before the Revolutionary War.) I credit J.K. Rowling with the other major change in YA fiction in the last several years: YA fiction of more than two hundred pages, especially from major publishers who were leary of that sort of thing before. (I held up Black Tattoo as an example of this: it's 500+ pages long. Oy.)

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Also, today I have a lilac icon from last year and, by pure happenstance, a handtowel in my bag. (I actually don't know why said handtowel is in my bag, but perhaps it's because I wrapped wine in it when I flew to D.C. and then forgot to remove it. Or something. Thus I attempt to give meaning to the inexplicable.) How's that for looking geeky without doing any geek-related work?
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2006-05-03 10:03 pm
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BEA stuff

McGraw-Hill / 2024
Take a Starbucks Coffee Break
Enjoy a free cup of Starbucks on Friday, May 19, 3:30 - 4:30 and pick up a galley of The Starbucks Experience.

Gibbs Smith / 2010
Betsy Burton will sign HC copies of The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller May 19, 2 - 3 pm to celebrate its forthcoming PB release. Nathalie Dupree, two-time James Beard award winner will sign copies of her new book Nathalie Dupree's Shrimp & Grits Cookbook May 20, 10 am -12 pm. See the screening of "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" on May 20, 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Author will sign copies of Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables after the screening in booth 2010.

Tin House / 540 (event at PGW / 2660)
Friday, May 19, 2006 4:30-5:30 pm
The only literary magazine with its own martini, Tin House, invites you to cocktails at the PGW booth #2660 on Friday to celebrate the launch of its New Voice Series and the release of Tin House Books' forthcoming anthology, Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast.

North-South Books, Inc. / Booth 5231
Join us in celebrating the 25th anniversary of North-South Books at Booth 5231! Come by at 10am, noon, and 2pm Friday and Saturday and 10am and noon on Sunday for "North-South Surprises" including Rainbow Fish games and youth-sized tee shirts (while supplies last).

Ponteverde Press / Booth 4559
New title: The history of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and quackery is told in a unique way through quotes, and the finest medical art ever published. MEDICINE: Perspectives in History and Art is a 600 page coffee-table book with 583 illustrations, most in color and the vast majority never before published, that relates the history of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and quackery in a unique and personal way through the quotes and letters of physicians, nurses, patients, artists, writers, and poets. Rather than a "names and dates" history, readers will learn about great discoveries from those there at the time, including Shakespeare & Mark Twain.

Other Press LLC / 3118,3131
Tote bags and advance Reading Copies of key fall titles

City Lights Books / Booth: 3258
Meet Cindy Sheehan: Friday, May 19th, 11:30AM At Booth #3258 World-famous peace activist Cindy Sheehan signs copies of her new book "Dear President Bush" just published by City Lights. From her trip to the World Social Forum in Venezuela to being ousted from the State of the Union address, Sheehan continues to speak out on topics such as civil disobedience, U.S. foreign policy, New Orleans, military recruitment, her son Casey's death on his 5th day in Iraq, and soldiers who resist.

Jones Books / Booth: 4575
Oo la la! Win Pastry for Two at Firehook Bakeries and Meet Paris Travel Guide Author Joyce Mitchell. The author of "Paris by Pastry: Stalking the Sweet Life on the Streets of Paris," Joyce Slayton Mitchell, will be at Jones Books, booth 4575, on Saturday, May 20, from 11 to 5 p.m., to chat about her delicious new book. She'll draw the winner for the Pastry for Two gift certificate, courtesy of Firehook Bakeries, at 4 p.m. on Saturday. A bientot.

Hellenic Federation of Publisher / Booth: 1048
Event Sat. night: Melanes of Naxos, A Pioneering Center of Marble Carvers in the Aegean by Dr. Vassilios Lambrinoudakis, Professor of Classical Archeology, University of Athens. "It is well known that the Greek island of Naxos, played a major role in the creation of Classical monumental art. Rich in marble as it is, it gave birth to skillful stone carvers, who made the first steps towards monumental marble architecture and sculpture. Recent research in the village of Melanes, Naxos, has revealed new aspects of this pioneering creation during the period of the 8th and 7th centuries B.C." May 19, 2006, 6:30 - 8:30 pm The Embassy of Greece, 2221 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20008

DK Publishing, Inc. / Booth: 2950
Stop By DK Publishing's Booth For a Full-Color Galley of the Revolutionary Reference Book, PICK ME UP!
DK Publishing invites BEA attendees to stop by Booth #2950 for a copy of Pick Me Up. This full-color galley includes the lenticular jacket art that DK commissioned from eBoy, the well-known digital artists' collective. Pick Me Up promises to usher in a reference revolution in trade publishing--so be sure to grab a galley. Once you pick up Pick Me Up, you won't be able to put it down.

Actionopolis / Booth: 4052
Movie, Comics, and Animation Pros Go Prose: Actionopolis YA Illustrated Novels
Actionopolis is a new line of illustrated novels for young adults featuring writers and artists from film, TV, animation and comics. The Actionopolis line abides by the philosophy that action and adventure should be driven by strong concepts, fully developed characters, and of course, good stories. Actionopolis is dedicated to delivering exciting, and above all, FUN books for all ages. Stop by booth 4052, and get a preview of our first seven books, which launch this summer.
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2006-04-06 11:47 pm

I am Random!

And as Oddly-capitalized as a Stony Brook press Release! (Further SUNY SB-related posting will have to wait until ... well, until I wanna post about it. At least I'm honest.) So instead: totally random.

Why do I never realize that I'm not logged in until I've read skip=200 posts? Why can't lj have a flocked-only filter, so I don't then have to go back and skim through forty pages of lj looking for little padlocks? This is an important question. ETA: Okay, speak of the devil. The new toolbar thingy will at least tell me I'm not logged in when I'm on my flist. If I like it. It's kinda hideous.

Also, the train car I was on this morning had almost all the lights burnt out, which was a really weird experience going through the tunnels. Dark and gloomy and the lights in the next car seemed really bright.

Totally random thoughts, some with amazon.com-based "wait, is that who I think it is?" as I perused the BEA autographing schedule, just released, are behind this lj cut )
eruthros: X-Files: Mulder in glasses, text "sexier in glasses" (XF - Mulder sexier in glasses)
2006-01-26 09:30 am

Tigers I Have Slain, con.

Books, tigers, whatever.

Potential spoilers are under the cuts.

10. Thud!, Terry Pratchett. Read more... )

11. Memory, Lois McMaster Bujold. Read more... )

12. Komarr, Lois McMaster Bujold. Read more... )

13. Okay, this time I did take the whole Vorkosigan thing as far as Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold. Read more... )

14. Diplomatic Immunity, Lois McMaster Bujold. Read more... )

15. The Loch, Steven Alten. Read more... )

Also, on a book related note, this year the BEA is in Washington, D.C. the weekend of May 18-21. (This is Terribly Wrong, as the ABA convention/BEA should always be the last weekend in May or the first weekend in June. What's up with this mid-May weirdness?) Reed Expos, which runs the website, claims that more information will be available in February (from past experience, this appears to mean "April"), but registration is already available.

ETA: Okay, I said that without going to their website, and then I did, and then I snerked. Because... well, this is their logo this year:


And then their slogan is "this year, it's truly monumental."

Yes, I am twelve. TWELVE.
eruthros: X-Files: Mulder in glasses, text "sexier in glasses" (XF - Mulder sexier in glasses)
2005-07-29 07:18 pm
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1. The woman at the post office informed me that my packages, in total, weighed somewhere around 25 pounds. (This made me feel better, as they'd seemed really heavy going down the hill.)

2. This is the second set of packages I've mailed off of BEA books for people.

3. Several people that we gave books to did not require the US Postal Service's help -- e.g. our friend B. here in Philadelphia and [livejournal.com profile] strange_selkie and [livejournal.com profile] darthrami when they came up to visit.

4. There are still a few things that need to be given away to people who live in the area or to family members.

5. We gave away a lot of books, but in total they made up less than a quarter of the amount we kept.

6. We also got tchotchkes and candy and posters and postcards and catalogues &etc.

Conclusion: When I was swearing in the heat as I pushed a cart filled with books from 52nd and 2nd Ave to 34th and 8th Ave in NYC, and thinking that it must've weighed at least a hundred pounds... I was, if anything, underestimating.

Conclusion (2): When we go to the BEA in D.C., I'm getting a ride back to Philadelphia.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
2005-06-11 08:40 pm
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Books for the taking

Post-BEA, we have extra copies of a bunch of books, even after counting the ones we're already giving to friends. Here's a list of everything we have extra copies of; if you want one (or two or three), claim it!

In ARC or pre-press (U.S.) editions:

Chicks with Sticks (It's a Purl Thing). Elizabeth Lenhard. September 2005. YA knitting-friendship novel )

The Highest Tide. Jim Lynch. September 2005. Giant Squid! )

The Amphora Project. William Kotzwinkle. October 2005. Kotzwinkle's first book in ten years. Features space pirates. And timid botanists. )

The People's Act of Love. James Meek. January 2006. He's compared to Kafka. So. )

Cotton. Christopher Wilson. October 2005. This book is written by a consulting semiotician. A CONSULTING SEMIOTICIAN. )

The Shroud of the Thwacker. Chris Elliott. October 2005. Parodies historical crime/conspiracy drama )

All the Fishes come Home to Roost. Rachel Manija Brown. October 2005. Memoir of a girl growing up on an ashram )

Every Sunday. Peter Pezzelli. September, 2005. Pezzelli was a BookSense pick for Home to Italy )

Pardonable Lies: A Maisie Dobbs Novel. Jacqueline Winspear. September 2005. Third Maisie Dobbs historical mystery novel )

The Sisters Mortland. Sally Beauman. January 2006. The main character here is also named Maisie. What gives? )

Widow of the South. Robert Hicks. September 2005. OMG marketing push of DOOOOM )

Chet Gecko's Detective Handbook (and Cookbook). Bruce Hale. September 2005. I have no idea why there's an ARC for this )

Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife. Mary Roach. October 2005. I have almost no interest in the subject, but Mary Roach is writing about it, so it'll be interesting. )

That's it for the pre-press!
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2005-05-31 10:55 am
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BEA part twenty trillion

I know you're all sick to death of this, but this is where I offer you free stuff, so I think you can probably stomach it once more.

If you go to the BEA author autographing pages, you can scroll through a list of the people autographing. If you see anything you particularly want, comment or email. I make no promises (for example, getting an extra signed copy of ANYTHING from GNeil's publishers at these events is like wrestling a rabid badger -- they just don't have the time), but if you let me know you're interested, I can at least try.
eruthros: Delenn building the crystal machine in season 1  of B5, captioned "foreshadowing" (B5 - Delenn incredible foreshadowing)
2005-04-20 06:13 pm
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Ooooh! Oooooh! Ooooh!

Guess what's up? The BEA's list of author autographing, that's what! In three parts, just to make it difficult -- for Traditional, Sunday, and In-Booth.

*peruses all sixty-plus pages happily* *reports findings more or less in order*

Barbara Boxer! Signing a novel "of political intrigue." Have you ever noticed that political novels are never about anything other than "intrigue?" Isn't there another noun we could use?

*peruses more* *giggles* Donald L. Boisvert, Sanctity of Male Desire, A Gay Reading of Saints "Explores the connection between devotion to saints and homo erotic desire." ([livejournal.com profile] m_shell: Do you want that just because it has the word homoerotic in it? Me: Well, yes.)

Hey, a picture-book biography of Albert Einstein! Get your kids hooked on physics early. Also, many opportunities to draw a man with really poofy hair.

Bruce Coville's signing again ... I swear he hasn't been there in ten years. (I had him sign Aliens Ate My Homework lo these many years ago.)

Laurent De Brunhoff is signing a Babar book. *wants* (Laurent is the de Brunhoff child that Jean and Cecile originally told the stories to. His dad Jean wrote and illustrated the first six Babar books, and Laurent took over when his dad died incredibly young -- 35 or something.)

Ooooh! Ooooh! Barbara Ehrenreich is signing her new book! Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream "Bestselling author of Nickel & Dimed undercover again to do for middle class what she did for the working poor." In pre-press, yet. Doesn't come out until September. Wouldn't that make you feel special?

Neil Gaiman's gonna be signing an Anansi Boys chapbook, and also Mirror Mask. (Want to make your admission back three times over? Sell this on Ebay.)

Daniel Handler, signing the Twelfth Book in the Series of Unfortunate Events, which seems to be as yet untitled -- it's not out until October, so it really may have no title to date. (I take it back -- sell this on Ebay. He only signs about once a year.)

Gregory Maguire signing the sequel to Wicked -- Son of a Witch. (Ha, ha.) Taking advantage of the musicals's popularity, I'd wager.

*snerk* "Fiction about Hank Williams' gay costume designer turned vampire." Called The Haunted Hillbilly. (As [livejournal.com profile] m_shell said, "the things that get published.") Also on the subject of "the things that get published," we have Dorm Room Feng Shui. "Quick and innovative fixes designed to cure any student's troubles." (I wonder if they mention, say, studying?)

TAMORA PIERCE! Signing The Will of the Empress. I shall squee any moment now. *bounces* Alanna was my childhood hero. I still have all of her books, even the Daine ones that nobody seems to like. (Also, the book's not coming out until NOVEMBER.)

TERRY PRATCHETT! The Ps are clearly a good letter here, because PTerry is signing Thud!, which doesn't come out until October, and which features Commander Vimes again.

Kathy Reichs, who I will be amused to meet as she's a colleague of my (third) adviser -- she does forensic anth, and she writes forensic anth, which puts her far ahead of the Patricia Cornwells of the world.

Hmmm, Robert Sabuda's doing a pop-up about dinosaurs. Innnnteresting... (Robert Sabuda does those faaaabulously complicated pop-up books.)

Jon Scieszka's gonna be there. He wrote the Stinky Cheese Man and the True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Remember those?

And Maurice Sendak! Signing Bears. This is a kick-ass year for my childhood memories, obviously.

Oooh! Jonathan Stroud's signing the third book (Ptolemy's Gate) in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. We have the first one (The Amulet of Samarkand) signed from two years ago.

Gary Trudeau (Doonsebury) and Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug) and John McPherson (Close to Home). And other cartoonists that I don't much like, like Cathy Guisewite, who's there EVERY year.

Wynona Judd "reveals her heartbreaks and her triumphs in this no-holds-barred memoir." Which I'm sure she wrote herself. Yeeesh. Spike Lee also has a memoir, but I bet he can actually write.

Heh. C.L. Lindsay, The College Student's Guide to the Law. "Get a grade changed, keep your stuff private, throw a "police-free" party, and more!" Oh, if I had only had that book, I wouldn't have got into any ... wait. Actually, I never did get into any trouble. Oh well.

This actually sounds quite interesting: Betsy Burton, The King's English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller "The trials, triumphs and the complexities of staying afloat as an independent in the world of chains and superstores."

NANCY DREW GRAPHIC NOVELS? Oh, lord, the world is coming to an end.

Also: Orson Scott Card, signing something that seems to be more young-adulty than most of his books. Cornelia Funke, author of Inkheart, signing the sequel Inkspell. Kyle Baker and Frank Miller and Brad Meltzer and many other graphic novelists. Bill Griffiths signing a Zippy collection. Bob Gruen, who did a photo-book of Lennon in NYC. Many NYT bestsellers, few of whom I've heard of, which just goes to show. Carl Hiassen signing something published by Random House Children's Division - huh. George R.R. Martin signing excerpts of a book that's already out -- lame. (They call it "long-awaited," yet. No-one's still waiting, thanks.) A biography of Buster Keaton. Laura Numeroff's signing If You Give a Pig a Party from her endless series of If You Give an X a Y books. Joyce Carol Oates will be there. Also giggle-worthy, At Knit's End -- meditations for the yarn-obsessed. R.A. Salvatore, but it's a book that's already out. And Debbie Stoller's signing SnB Nation -- I expect long lines, man. Kevin J. Anderson, who's trying to out-Asimov Asimov, quantitatively speaking, is signing a Dune-based book. Tom Wolfe, writing about the university experience. Nick Hornby, who wrote About a Boy. Timothy Leary! Signing a new edition of Start Your Own Relgion -- now there's a blast from the past. Carl Reiner, doing a kids book about the 2000-year-old man.

You know you want to go, don't you? *tempts whole flist* And you can! It's in June! It's easy! All those books are FREE except for some standing in line after you pay the $70 to get in!
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
2005-03-08 10:45 am
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BookExpo America: special events

The BookExpo website always promises to post the lists of special events and of author autographs sometime in March, but there are many fewer events than authors, so (at least parts of) the events lists always go up first. This almost always puts me in a rotten mood. They all look boring, I moan. How dull, I say. Then I realize that they ALWAYS look boring, and I NEVER go to more than one or two of them -- and those usually the ones with free food -- and then I feel better.

Highlights on the fun side:
If you feel like paying an extra $25 for breakfast... this year's Children's Book & Author Breakfast features Lemony Snickett. And Jim Dale as moderator.
Future of the Graphic Novel with Frank Miller. And, you know, other people.
ABA's Annual Celebration of Bookselling, which is, as always, combined with the BookSense Book of the Year Awards. And also with free snacks and drinks (usually about six ounces of champagne and unlimited water, but still).
Cruise Around Manhattan La la. Costs money, but whee! Two hour evening cruise along the Hudson! Plus, money is being donated to Good Cause (NY Fund for Public Schools).

Highlights (lowlights? just light-lights?) of the tres boring side, just to show you what I'm talking about:
Capturing the Elusive 18 to 34 Year Old Reader: Editors Sound-off. Okay, it's being moderated by Jessa from Booksluts, but. It features the Viacom editor. Yeeesh.
BEA’s Thursday Editor Spotlight: BEA’s Editor and Bookseller Buzz Forum. Where many editors will tell you what books they're excited about -- funnily enough, many of them will be (gasp) ones they are publishing! There are usually six or seven different Buzz events, all of which are COMPLETELY BORING.
Mind Body Spirit Publishing: What the Editors are Buying Today Yeeesh. Boooooring.
BEA’s Friday Editor Spotlight: Generation Next: The New Hybrid Young Editor And I quote: "Plugging into subcultures and their own marketing department, they discover and foster talent in ways that would astound their predecessors."
eruthros: X-Files: Mulder in glasses, text "sexier in glasses" (XF - Mulder sexier in glasses)
2004-12-16 08:29 pm

BEA, how do I love thee?

Ooooh, press pics of the 2004 show! Scholastic in the front and Ten speed press... well, they actually probably think the focus of the picture is Warner, but whatever.

And of autographing! An overview -- and notice how short most of those lines are considering as you get a free book at the end (generally, short for everyone but TV stars, picture books, and Neil Gaiman or Lemony Snickett) -- closeup of some author I don't recognize, but handily his name is on the free books on the table, so if it means anything to anyone, he's Nelson Demille, and James Patterson, who for some reason doesn't seem to have any Publisher Backup to pass him books.

The opening fifteen minutes, where it looks much more crowded than it is, because no-one's in the hall yet: balloons!, the front hall moments before anyone's let in, and then a few moments after that. Whee!

And this gives me ample opportunity to mention that you can register starting today, though there's no rush -- you can get the Slightly Cheaper passes any time before, like, May.

Also, my computer has been at 0% battery on battery power for an hour now, which is ... rather odd. *sighs at power problems*

And the Best of 2004 CDs from [livejournal.com profile] antigone921 just got here today, and I am listening to them now, and they are fun whee.
eruthros: Kate Winslet smiling at the camera (KW promo pic pink)
2004-12-03 03:45 pm
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BookExpo America! 2005 or: (Nearly) Free Books

And it is once again time for me to perform my civic duty and pimp the American Booksellers Association convention (now BookExpo America or the BEA). It's in NYC at the Javits Center June 2 - 5, 2005. And when it's in NYC, it's big -- NYC is the biggest location they get, because Manhattan and SF are the Centers of Book Publishing. Just as a for example, last year it was in Chicago, and had an attendance of about 25,000 "industry professionals". (Total crowd is about 60,000.) Last time it was in NYC? It had an attendance of about 30,000 "professionals." Which means more booths, more exhibitors, more authors, more everything -- it's big in NY and big in LA and not so big in Chicago.

For those of you who missed my last pimpage, let me explain to you why the ABA/BEA rocks. My. World. My parents are in the publishing industry, so I've been going to these things since I was four or five. Really.

Here's the basic deal: 2000 exhibitors, mostly in publishing but some in sidelines (bookmarks and all that). Want to know how big it is? Well, here's the floor plan -- as of September. Usually more than 600 authors doing autographs -- last time I went, this included Neil Gaiman and Laurie King. And there are books everywhere and book-people everywhere.

The details: So this is in large part about promoting books to press and booksellers. And publishing folks do that by ... giving their books away.

They give books away signed. So you look through the list of the six hundred people autographing (usually available online around March) and pick the ones from whom you want a free book. And then they give it to you, signed to whoever you like. (Okay, brief waiting in line is involved.) And then they'll give you a second copy if you ask, and then they'll thank you for taking the time to read their book, and I'm not kidding.

And they also just plain-old-give-them-away. Without lines. You know, there are three or four or twelve stacks of their forthcoming releases in the booth, as and you stroll by you pick up a copy (or two or three) of each. Some of them are already in-press, but a lot of them are ARCs (advance reading copies, which we used to call bound galleys before non-initial phrases go too passe) -- which means they're both free and make you feel cutting-edge when you've read the books six months before everyone else. (There's nothing like walking into a bookstore and browsing the new releases and realizes that you've already at least skimmed every one of them.)

ARCs are the cheapest way to publicize, because you often have to produce them anyway for book reviews and final revisions. But there is Other Stuff Aplenty. Candy and pens and bags and pins and hats and funny little puzzles and posters and action-figures and erasers and inexplicable fingernail jems that don't seem to have a publisher's name printed on them so when you open your bag at home you can't work out what in heaven they're advertising. I mean, last time I came home with about ten canvas bags of varying styles, and I spent most of my time in the autographing area and not on the show floor. And I got a Harry Potter OotP release date hat, which generated a lot of conversation when I wore it around town.

I would tell you some of the notable giveaways for 2005, but people haven't really started thinking about them yet, so. One can assume the standard drawings-for-vacations. And when you get hungry, there's really no point going to the overpriced convention-hall cafes. For the College Student At Heart, the person who loves free food -- take a quick spin down the cookbook section of the floor, followed by a loop through the children's books area, which is fraught with candy. Because in the Cookbook Pavilion, publishers attempting to promote their cookbooks will import the authors and there will be death-by-chocolate cake and marinated chicken and asparagus spears. (And ) And of course exhibitors have to pay the teamsters to pack and remove anything left on the floor at the end of the show -- union rules say they're not allowed to do it themselves -- and they pay by the pound, so often they'll give things away on Sunday so's to not pay for packing and shipping. Really.

Plus there are Events, many of which you probably care more about if you're in the managerial wing of publishing -- mostly they're about, you know, How to Get Your Books Placed at Aisle Displays and How To Choose Chairs for Maximum Bookstore Success and stuff. Plus the standard How To Work the Frankfurt International Bookfair session, which they give every year. The BEA is about the size of UC Berkeley. Frankfurt International is... the size of San Francisco. (I exaggerate a little, but not much -- it's about 300,000 people. AND they're nicer to kidlets than is the ABA -- they offer interns a basically-free admission as long as your publishing company fills out a form. And for non-publishing students it's only four dollars a day for a total of twenty dollars. There is no student admission for the ABA -- even babes in arms need to pay for a badge. Although my family always bought just two and then played going-in-and-out-of-door-games. Anyway.) But also there's fun stuff -- publishing companies throwing on-the-floor parties for their anniversaries, the BookSense award ceremonies and author readings (which last year included Art Spiegelmen). And if I chat with folks from Consortium (a distributor -- Consortium Book Sales and Distribution; my dad's distributor back when he ran his publishing company) we can all go to the Consortium party, with free food and music and wine and did I mention lots and lots of free food?

And there'll be some Big Name Opening Speaker dude, who will be completely uninteresting -- last year's was Bill Clinton, who hadn't even finished his book at the time. And I remember once in LA it was Colin Powell. Ick. Also there are paid events, like author breakfasts, where everyone gets to sit and eat while people like Ursula LeGuin talk at you and answer many questions.

And best of all, lots and lots of book people. Sure, some of them are in it for the money, but lots of them are book people. These are people who read the bestsellers and the not-bestsellers and can gossip about J.M. Barrie and speculate about his endocrine disorders and can tell you all about their favorite childrens books and what they thought of C.S. Lewis and whether or not the BBC's latest adaption of whatever was appropriate and by the way did you know that Coffee House Press is doing coffe table books of the Wimsey books with illustrations by Robert Sasuma and isn't that a horrible idea? (I totally made that up, just in case you were worried.) If you ask someone about an author, they can say "well, his book won the PENN of course, but I've never really been able to get into it -- I feel like the characters are really overdrawn" or "oh, I love him, and speaking of him, have you ever read X?"

And consider the following not-made-up-but-averaged-statistic, 'cause I'm too lazy to look up the study for the exact numbers -- 60% of people never read a book after they graduate from high school. Not a one. Not even Harry Potter or Chicken Soup for the Soul. So then you get to spend time with all of these book people, people who read Chicken Soup for the Soul and people who read Tolstoy and people who read in Spanish and people who translate Neruda as a hobby and people who read Grisham and people who read Oxford Press books and people who collect dime novels and people who read E.E. Doc Smith and wish he'd come back into print and just a whole city's worth of people who read.

And for this, you pay probably about $75 for your three-day pass. Maybe around $60, if you know someone who works in a BEA-affiliated bookstore and will buy you your ticket (absolutely the way to go, since then you get a badge that says "bookseller," and everyone says "ooooh" and "ahhh" and gives you even more free things.) Or around $50 if you know someone in publishing who will buy you a pass. Or free if they're exhibiting and have left-over badges (they get some number free per size of booth). Or free if you write for a paper or can get an editor to write them a letter saying you're freelancing for them and will be writing an article on the event. Whee!

And we live in Philadelphia, and are the House of Futons (tm). So we figure y'all can come out here and sack out -- cheaper than a hotel in Manhattan, 'cause of the free. And then we can either train in ($30 round trip per person for three days) or rent a bigger car for the lot of us and drive in (probably cheaper). Claim your futon now.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
2004-04-29 02:09 pm

(Mostly) Free Books!

It just occurred to me that it's very nearly May and I haven't pimped the ABA/BEA since November!

Attention [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge, [livejournal.com profile] casira, and [livejournal.com profile] ryca13, who previously expressed interest, and of course anyone else who thinks the idea of a giant convention filled with people giving away books for free and talking about books and loving books is a good idea:

They finally got around to posting the autographing schedule for the June 3-6th American Booksellers Association Convention (now BookExpo America! complete with exclamation mark). That's about 500+ authors, and each of them will be giving their books away. Signed to you and everything. In fact, they'll usually give you two. And then they'll thank you for being so kind as to accept a signed free copy. *g*

Sadly, the schedule doesn't look as fun (to me) as last year's, but that's largely because any list of authors isn't as cool without Neil Gaiman's name on it. *g* Still. 500+ authors. Books aplenty.

Plus, most publishers try to get publicity for their new books by ... giving them away. Just stacks of books in the booth, and as you go past you grab a copy or two or three. This year Titan's giving away Neil Gaiman's bio of Douglas Adams, for example. Read more... )

ARCs are actually the cheapest thing to give away, so they're cheaper publicity than things stamped with the names of books, but nonetheless there is stuff aplenty. Pens, bags, pins, hats, all that. Read more... )

Don't care about the pens and the bookmarks and the posters? Well, for everyone who is still a college student at heart, there's always the Cookbook Pavillion Read more... )

This year they're also doing an area for DVDs, which is a first. Read more... )

Also, there are the standard sessions and speakers and all that. You can go to many, many diverse things like Read more... )

And also there are special events. A few require extra money, but lots are free. Including this year's keynote speech by Bill Clinton (what, we couldn't get someone who'd actually finished his book? geez). (Still better than the year Colin Powell was the keynote speaker.) Read more... )

And of course, there's my favorite reason to go: the BEA draws a crowd of about 60,000 people, about 90% of whom care deeply about books of some variety. (The other 10% are either in it for the money -- and deeply deluded -- or are top management.) Read more... )

And of course, exhibitors have to pay the teamsters to pack and remove anything left on the floor at the end of the show, so they'll often give things away rather than pay for packing and shipping. Last year, sadly, I had to catch a bus back to the Bay Area before the show ended. Le sigh.

Unfortunately, there's no longer a reduced price for students, but there's still a reduced price for Librarians (if not so reduced as in previous years; 75 whole dollars for librarians!). Christ, has pricing gone up this year. Still, it's a four day event. And if you have editorial status at any news media, or can get a letter from a news publisher designating you as a free-lance journalist covering the BEA, you can get in for free. With some form-filling-out.

My uncle maintains an apartment in Chicago that he only uses occasionally, so I may have a free place to stay for a small number of people. I'll keep you posted.

In order to get the (somewhat) lower prices, you need to register by May 21st, so you've got plenty of time to think about it (and plenty of time to pester me to see if my free housing comes through).