(More coverage of BookExpo America and Day of Dialog will be added as available)
BookExpo America 2012:
Moderated by Barbara Genco, Library Journal’s Manager of Special Projects, and featuring six librarian/tastemakers, the fourth annual Librarian Shout ‘n Share offered audience members nearly 100 titles to ponder.
Tina Fey’s Bossypants (Hachette Audio) proved the big winner at the 2012 Audie Awards presented by the Audio Publishers Association at a gala Manhattan Ceremony June 5. Fey snagged the coveted Audiobook of the Year prize as well as winning the Biography/Memoir category
The Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC), which yesterday kicked-off both the annual June is Audiobook Month celebration and the BookExpo America gathering at Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Center, proved both informative and uplifting.
Want to leave your library for an island break as spring heats into summer after Memorial Day? Come to Manhattan at the beginning of June and let BookExpo America (BEA) reinvigorate you with its mix of author buzz, new discoveries, and contact with bookies from near and far.
Day of Dialog
Thrillers and first novels. History, in fiction and nonfiction. Serious sociological study and the story of a contentious rooster. All were among the top titles for the forthcoming seasons presented by top editors appearing at Day of Dialog’s ever-popular Editors’ Picks panel. The presentations swung wide, and they swung deep. Here’s a rundown.
We all love discovering new voices, said LJ Prepub Alert Editor Barbara Hoffert as she introduced five first-time authors with distinctly different voices at the Day of Dialog’s second morning panel, Who’s on First? Debut Genre Fiction with Buzz. In a lively freewheeling conversation, Karen Engelmann, Max Gladstone, Eleanor Kuhns, Beatriz Williams, and Ariel S. Winter shared their inspirations for their books and the advantages and disadvantages of being a debut writer.
Best Digital Practices: Navigating Platforms, Digital Displays, and the Ghost of VHS | LJ Day of Dialog
The third panel of LJ’s Day of Dialog offered concrete advice from librarians who’ve spent time in the ebook trenches. Unless you are willfully ignorant or dead, Library Journal Book Review Editor Heather McCormack began, you are aware of the challenges librarians face as new digital collections are built and maintained.
It was not until well into the conversation between New York Times columnist Gail Collins and Library Journal senior editor Margaret Heilbrun that there was any mention of Collins’s absorption with Mitt Romney’s dog, but the audience didn’t want for amusement as Collins discussed her latest book, As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (Norton, 2012).
LJ reviewer Jeff Ayers (Seattle P.L.) moderated the last author panel of Day of Dialog, I Spy: The Return of the Espionage Thriller, with five authors. The panel covered a number of related topics, including what the authors consider to be the definition of espionage. Matthews called it the craft of intelligence, but pointed out that it’s also broader than that when you’re a writer. People trade in secrets. Espionage is a metaphor for the most crucial things in life that people will kill to protect or kill to know.