Books That Buzzed at the American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas, Pt. 2

Last week’s column featured a list of 60-plus titles that drew a storm of interest from attendees at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas. Here are further titles that popped to the surface, with publishers often running out of books entirely. In some cases, fans then hung around for photo ops.


Ana Castillo’s Give It to Me (The Feminist Press at CUNY)—a literary star who got an amazing turnoutCASTILLO

Joel C Gill’s Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History, Vol. 1 (Fulcrum)—the books ran out

Benedict Leca (ed.)’s The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cezanne (Giles)

Lydia Millet’s Pills & Starships (Akashic)—the Pulitzer Prize finalist’s latest YA title; interest even before her Pop Top appearance on Monday

Benjamin Parzybok’s Sherwood Nation (Small Beer Press)—the books ran out

Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me (Haymarket)


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Malcolm Brooks’s Painted Horses

Paula Daly’s Keep Your Friends Close

Audrey Magee’s The Undertaking

Bradford Morrow’s The Forgers

Brian Moynahan’s Leningrad: Siege and Symphony; The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich



Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Stone Cold Touch–Everyone coming into the booth asked for this galley

Heather Gudenkauf’s Little Mercies—big crowds at both her booth signing and the United for merciesLibraries Gala Author Tea

Julie Kagawa’s Talon—after the books ran out, fans on the line snaking around the booth stayed to get picture

Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl—a steady stream of attendees stopped to ask about this book

Jason Mott’s The Wonder of All Things—lots of folks asking for galleys to the follow-up of The Returned

Robin Talley’s Lies We Tell Ourselves—demand for a fresh voice on the YA literary scene, helped along by Talley’s participating in the “Speed Dating” event at ALA



Maureen Corrigan’s So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures (Little, Brown)

Melissa de la Cruz’s Vampires of Manhattan: The New Blue Bloods Coven (Hachette Bks.)

Laird Hunt’s Neverhome (Little, Brown)

Charles Martin’s A Life Intercepted (Center Street)

Claire North’s Touch (Redhook)

Hannah Pittard’s Reunion (Grand Central)

Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child’s The Lost Island (Grand Central)

Angus Watson’s Age of Iron (Orbit)



Adele Griffin’s The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone—a YA docu-novel by the two-time National moreteBook Award finalist with great crossover potential

Mette Ivie Harrison’s The Bishop’s Wifea mystery set in a Mormon ward in Utah; demand overwhelmed the author’s allotted signing time at the booth

Robert Repino’s Mort(E)—the publisher’s biggest book by far at ALA; a debut literary sf novel in the vein of Laline Paull’s The Bees but way, way bloodier

Cynthia Weil’s I’m Glad I Did—the rock-and-roll hall-of-famer flew from L.A. just for the signing, which lasted an hour


Allegra Jordan’s The End of Innocence

Teresa J. Rhyne’s The Dogs Were Rescued (And So Was I)

Greer Macalister’s The Magician’s Lie


Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.