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Big Books of the Show: Literary Fiction

By Claire Kirch

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Indie booksellers are raving about what Paul Anmiryam Budner at Main Point Books in
Yamazaki, adult book buyer at City Lights Books Wayne, Pa., concurred: “It is so, so deserving of
in San Francisco, describes as a “rich season” of all the hype—it’s smart and suspenseful.”
fall/winter releases, with plenty of offerings in Budner also praised My Dark Vanessa (Morrow,
both fiction and nonfiction to please the most Jan. 2020), a debut by Kate Elizabeth Russell,
discerning reader. inspired by the #MeToo movement, and Such a
Especially popular is literary fiction reflecting Fun Age (Putnam, Jan. 2020) by Kiley Reid, a
contemporary—sometimes controversial— novel about a wealthy white woman and her black
issues. One novel in particular is resonating babysitter. Pamela Klinger-Horn, publicity/
with many booksellers: American Dirt (Flatiron, events manager at Excelsior Bay Books in Excel-
Jan. 2020) by Jeanine Cummins, the tale of a sior, Minn., is also a fan. She predicts that it will
Mexican bookseller and her young son’s attempt be “one of the most talked about novels of 2020.”
to flee to the U.S. to escape a vengeful drug lord. She is also excited about Therese Ann Fowler’s A
Store owner Jonah Zimiles of [words] Bookstore Good Neighborhood (St. Martin’s, Feb. 2020),
in Maplewood, N.J., called it “a stunningly pow- which she calls “a Greek tragedy for modern
erful novel,” while Jamie Fiocco, owner of Flyleaf times that is epic in scope.” Veronica Liu at Word
Books in Chapel Hill, N.C., said that it will “break Up: Community Bookshop in upper Manhattan
your heart and make you weep for joy.” And recommends Angie Cruz’s Dominicana (Flatiron,
Nancy Simpson-Brice, founder of the Book continued on p. 4
Vault in Oskaloosa, Iowa, thinks
that it is “one of the most signifi- Indie
cant books on immigration this
decade” and “should be required
reading for all Americans.” Grow in
Other novels with topical themes
that booksellers are anticipating Number,
include Margaret Atwood’s The
Testaments (Doubleday/Talese,
Sept.), the sequel to her 1985 Addressing the American Book-
classic, The Handmaid’s Tale. sellers Association’s Town Hall
Luisa Smith, buying director at meeting yesterday, ABA CEO
Book Passage in the San Francisco Oren Teicher underscored the
Bay Area, said, “This is the book ABA’s continued growth. “In
booksellers are most excited 2018, ABA saw 99 new indie
Nathan R. Congleton

about.” Smith is also buzzing about bookstore members open for

Red at the Bone (Riverhead, Sept.) business in 37 states and the
by Jacqueline Woodson, who she SALE District of Columbia, which was
said, is “at her most brilliant. She 11/12/19 a 32% increase over 2017. In
also singled out Lara Prescott’s Jenna and Barbara co-host addition, a number of member
debut novel about female spies today’s Children’s Book & stores opened new branches,
and the women connected with Author Breakfast and 28 established ABA mem-
Boris Pasternak during the Cold ber stores were purchased by
War, The Secrets We Kept by Lara new owners.” The changes bring
Prescott (Knopf, Sept.). ABA membership up to 2,524
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Three miles up the river Thames from the center of Oxford, some distance from where the great colleges of Jordan, Gabriel,
Balliol, and two dozen others contended for mastery in the boat races, out where the city was only a collection of towers and
spires in the distance over the misty levels of Port Meadow, there stood the Priory of Godstow, where the gentle nuns went
about their holy business; and on the opposite bank from the priory there was an inn called the Trout. The inn was an old
stone-built rambling, comfortable sort of place. There was a terrace above the river, where peacocks (one called Norman and
the other called Barry) stalked among the drinkers, helping themselves to snacks without the slightest hesitation and occasion-
ally lifting their heads Table 3, Table 8,
Tableto 5,utter ferocious and meaningless screams. There was a saloon bar where the gentry, if college scholars
count as gentry, took their ale and smoked their pipes; 11:30 there—was12:30 pm bar where watermen
a public 1:30and— farm
2:30 pm
laborers sat by the
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fire or played darts, or stood at the bar gossiping, or arguing,(Ticketed
or signing)
simply getting quietly drunk;
a kitchen where the
landlord’s wife cooked PARKER
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wasSong On? called Malcolm Polstead. Malcolm was the landlord’s son,
a potboy
an only child. He was eleven
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years old, with an inquisitive, kindly disposition, a stocky build, and ginger hair. He went to Ulvercote h
ho a
mile away, and he had friends enough, but he was happiest on his own, playing with his dæmon, Asta, in their canoe, on which w
Malcolm had painted the name la belle sauvage. A witty acquaintance thought it amusing to scrawl an s over the v, and Mal-
colm patiently painted it out three times before losing his temper and knocking the fool into the water, at which pointt they
declared a truce. Like every child of an innkeeper, Malcolm had to work around the tavern, washing dishes and glasses, s car-
rying plates of food or tankards of beer, retrieving them when they were empty. He took the work for granted. The only l an-
noyance in his life was a girl called Alice, who helped with washing the dishes. She was about sixteen, tall and skinny, with
lank dark hair that she scraped back into an unflattering ponytail. Lines of self-discontent were already gathering on herr fore-
head and around her mouth. She teased Malcolm from the day she arrived: “Who’s your girlfriend, Malcolm? En’t you u got a
girlfriend? Who was you out with last night? Did you kiss her? En’t you ever been kissed?” He ignored that for a long time, t
but finally rat-formed Asta leapt at Alice’s scrawny jackdaw dæmon, knocking him into the washing-up water and then biting b
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and biting the sodden creature till Alice screamed for pity. She complained bitterly to Malcolm’s mother, who said, “Serves S
you right. I got no sympathy for you. Keep your nasty mind to yourself.” From then on she did. She and Malcolm took not
the slightest notice of each other; he put the glasses on the draining board, she washed them, and he dried them and took
them back to the bar without a word, without a glance, without a thought. But he enjoyed the life of the inn. He especially
enjoyed the conversations he overheard, whether they concerned the venal rascality of the River Board, the helpless idiocy
of the government, or more philosophical matters, such as whether the stars were the same age as the earth. Sometimes Mal-

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New York Times Book Review editors Pamela Paul (l.) and Maria Russo (r.) take a break
from their day job writing about books to talk about their book, How to Raise a Reader
Foot traffic was up noticeably yesterday, and lines of people waiting for book signings (Workman), with CBS Sunday Morning host Jane Pauley.
wrapped around more than a few booths.

Jason Reynolds had a long line of fans waiting for Sit, Dog Man. Good boy. Dav Pilkey signs limited edition prints of Dog Man:
signed copies of Look Both Ways (Atheneum/Dlouhy). For Whom the Ball Rolls (Scholastic/Graphix), due out in August.
Perennial BookExpo favorite Rick Riordan, at the
Disney booth.

Big Books of the show, continued from p. 1

Sept.), another tale about immigrants to the U.S. And City Lights’ Yamazaki
says that Ta-Nehisi Coates’s debut novel deconstructing myths of the Con-
Life as a comedian is a federacy, The Water Dancer (One World, Sept.), is “an amazing piece of
lot of things, but fun American literature.”
isn’t always one of
Novels with magical elements are also pulling in booksellers. Vivien Jen-
them, as funnyman
John Hodgman nings of Rainy Day Books in Fairway, Kans., is eager for Erin Morgenstern’s
revealed in a discus- sophomore effort, The Starless Sea (Doubleday, Nov.), calling Morgenstern
sion of his forthcom-
ing memoir, Medallion
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Status: True Stories

from Secret Rooms

Publisher: Joe Murray

Editors: Liz Hartman and Judith Rosen
Managing Editors: Jim Milliot, Sonia Jaffe Robbins, Jonathan Segura
Art Director: Clive Chiu
Photographer: Steve Kagan
Staff Reporters:  Andrew Albanese, Amanda Bruns, Matia Burnett, Louisa Er-
melino, Alex Green, Emma Kantor, Claire Kirch, John Maher, Ed Nawotka, Calvin
Reid, Diane Roback, Emma Wenner
Contributing Writers: Alia Akkam, Brigid Alverson, Jason Boog, Lucinda
Dyer, Sara Grochowski, Hilary S. Kayle, Daniel Lefferts, Beth Levine, Sally Lodge,
Shannon Maughan, Diane Patrick, Chad Post, Jeremy Solomons, D.A. Stern 
Audience Development Coordinator: Marian Amo
Web Editor: David Varno
Production Managers: Catherine Fick, Michele Piscitelli
Technology: Vishnu Kulkarni Jeanine Cummins signs copies of American Dirt (Flatiron, Jan.), the novel booksellers were
most excited about at the show.
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“such an original voice.” She said that the store sold hundreds of copies of
PW Awards

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Morgenstern’s debut, The Night Circus. “This is exactly what our customers
want—an escape,” Jennings said. “Erin is so talented at keeping readers At yesterday’s ceremony for
guessing, and, oh, her imagination.” Ann Patchett’s dark fairy tale, The the ABA Indie Choice Awards
Dutch House (Harper, Sept.), about two siblings cast out from their home on the Choice Stage, Jim
by their wicked stepmother, is also blowing away booksellers. Anne Holman Milliot, v-p, editorial director
of PW, presented this year’s
of the King’s English Bookstore in Salt Lake City calls it “fantastic—the
winners of the PW Awards.
brother’s and sister’s voices are unique and wonderful.” Rebecca Fitting, Cindy Heidemann (r.), a PGW
co-owner of Greenlight Bookstore in Brooklyn, is loving A Tall History of Sugar and Two Rivers rep in the
(Akashic, Oct.) by Curdella Forbes, calling it a “magical, melodic folkloric fairy Northwest, was named the
tale” set in Jamaica. 2019 PW Sales Rep of the Year.
Hilary and Michael Gustafson
Regarding nonfiction, biographies and memoirs are most exciting to book-
(author of Notes from a Public
sellers this year, beginning with Edison (Random House, Oct.) by Edmund Typewriter), who founded
Morris, clocking in at 700 pages. Smith at Book Passage declares the door- Literati Bookstore in Ann
stopper to be “comprehensive and stunning. Edison comes alive on these Arbor, Mich., six years ago,
pages and is as remarkable as you imagine.” Smith is also celebrating the received the 2019 PW Book-
store of the Year Award
memoir Prince was working on when he died three years ago, The Beautiful
Ones (Spiegel & Grau, Oct.), calling it “one last gift from one of the greatest

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artists of all time.” She is also looking forward to Patti Smith’s memoir of
traveling out West with Sam Shepard, Year of the Monkey (Knopf, Sept.),
saying that the singer/songwriter/author is “an indie bookstore favorite.”
Jennings at Rainy Day also praised Edison and is just as excited about Travel
Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller (Penguin, Aug.), a memoir of Fuller’s
father, Tim. Jennings says she has been looking forward to such a book since
reading about his “well-lived life” in Fuller’s Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight.
While there is an outpouring of compelling works this fall and winter, a
most intriguing book, mentioned by several booksellers, is Hollow Kingdom
by Kira Jane Buxton (Grand Central, Aug.). Narrated by a crow after what
Budner, at Main Point Books, described as “a viral zombie apocalypse” has
killed off humanity, “it is,” Holman, of the King’s English, adds, “the human
apocalypse as only a crow can tell it.

Indie Bookstores, continued from p. 1

locations, representing 1,887 companies.

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Teicher went on to note that indie booksellers through ABA, Teicher said, “We
are realizing higher net profits, according to the assure you we are doing all we can
organization’s latest ABACUS membership survey. to work with other book associa-
This was spurred, in part, by higher sales. “Based tions to negotiate health coverage
on the data we get every week from NPD BookScan, in a cost effective way.” He added,
sales for 2018 among ABA member stores “We’re optimistic, but honest.”
increased nearly 5% over 2017, and the com- And he suggested that there is still
pound annual growth rate in the indie bookstore a ways to go.
channel over the past five years is a very healthy The ongoing question of when
7.5%,” he said. However, he noted, bookstore BATCH, a centralized invoicing
sales as compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau were system, would be introduced was
down 8.4% for the first quarter of 2019. not answered directly. A represen-
Despite the good news, booksellers raised ques- tative from BATCH said that a
tions about challenges facing the industry, includ- demo is available, and a promise
ing minimum wage hikes across the country. Out- was made that booksellers will be
going ABA president Robert Sindelar of Seattle’s Robert Sindelar (l.), outgoing president of the ABA, with Oren Teicher, ABA able to “ease into” using the
Third Place Books said that the increase in profits CEO, at the annual Town Hall yesterday. system.
at bookstores was actually “being eaten away by payroll.” The solution, he Matt Norcross of McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petosky, Mich., pro-
said, is to communicate the realities of being a bookseller with publishers, tested the increase in direct-to-consumer marketing by publishers. “When
who are invested in the survival of the ecosystem. Publishers need to work I complain to them about it, they tell me I am the only one,” he said. After
with bookstores to make them more profitable. asking for a show of hands as to how many others don’t like it, nearly
One solution, which has long been floated, is for publishers to take prices every bookseller registered their discontent with the practice, which
off books and allow booksellers to set their own prices. When Pete Mulvihill extends to publishers’ direct event marketing programs and direct-to-
of Green Apple Books in San Francisco took a straw poll of the audience of business sales.
those in favor and those against eliminating printed prices, the response Finally, Teicher noted that the ABA is working on an industry statement
was heavily in favor of keeping preprinted prices. He then joked that the addressing new tariffs on Chinese imports, which will say that any tariffs
answer was “getting 10 more points from publishers.” resulting in an increase in the cost of books is not good for the business of
In response to a question about healthcare options being negotiated bookselling.  —Ed Nawotka

Bookstores Crucial to Publish-
ing, Industry Powerhouses Say

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(From l.) Tim Mantel, Barnes & Noble CMO; Oren Teicher, ABA CEO; Madeline McIntosh, Pen-
guin Random House CEO; Dennis E. Abboud, Readerlink president and CEO; Lynn Neary, NPR
arts correspondent and panel moderator; Dominique Raccah, Sourcebooks publisher & CEO.

Publishing industry leaders made a strong declaration about the centrality

of bricks-and-mortar retail to the publishing industry during yesterday’s

Visit booth #1239 for author signings,

“The Power of Retail” session. While acknowledging the enormous market
share that Amazon claims, panelists pointed to market data showing strong
giveaways, and to pick up a tote bag*! retail and print preferences among millennials and Generation Z, and pro-
claimed physical retailers the dominant force in the industry for
Dennis Abboud, president and CEO of Readerlink, a distributor to non-
9:00am trade booksellers (e.g., Target), said there is a strong ecosystem between the
Tote bag giveaway general retailers his company services and stores, including Barnes & Noble
and independent booksellers. “We service 718 retail chains that have 80,000
storefronts and see 500 million readers each month. When [those readers]
find a book they like and want to go into the backlist, they go into their local
Author Signing: bookstores,” said Abboud. He backed his claim with data showing that even
Andrew Shaffer when millennial buyers buy products online, 40% opt for in-store pickup.
While the assessment may seem unexpected, Sourcebooks publisher and
Hope Rides Again
CEO Dominique Raccah was definitive in her view. Ten years ago, she expected
(on sale: 7/9/19) “that YA was going to flip and that the whole category was going to be
70%–80% e-books because these kids are all on their devices all the time.”
Instead, she said, “YA is 25% e-books, max.”
NPR correspondent Lynn Neary, the moderator, credited the American
1:00pm Booksellers Association for its early role as a proponent of localism. “It’s still
tough out there,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher, but added that indie book-
Author Signing: stores are well positioned to give readers something that internet competi-
Ian Doescher & tion cannot. “They can sell an experience, they can sell a connection to their
Jacopo Della Quercia community, they can sell a knowledge and passion about books that goes
MacTrump beyond reading itself.”
Tim Mantel, Barnes & Noble’s chief merchandising officer, said the com-
(on sale: October 1, 2019)
pany is investing in events that create an experience for readers. A recent
nationwide Kids Book Hangout initiative drew 13,000 young readers to
B&N locations. Mantel called it “a great outpouring of kids who like to read
wanting to be around kids who like to read.” All of the panelists agreed that
social media and data are helping drive readers to bookstores. Madeline
McIntosh, CEO of Penguin Random House U.S., said that the company is
keenly aware that readers want “authentic engagement” and is investing in
creating nonauthor events that bring readers together in bookstores. “The
bookstore feels like a really good, safe place to do that,” said McIntosh. She
*While supplies last
added that more collaborative relationships between publishers and physi-
cal retailers has increased the importance of sales reps, who were also seen | /quirkbooks
to be in the crosshairs of a changing industry only a handful of years ago.
Raccah summed up the views of the panel in an exclamation to the audi-
ence. “Guys, it’s not what we expected, and it’s great.”  —Alex Green
The Best Book Signings Are at

Sourcebooks Booth #1629

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9:00 a.m. Amy McCulloch,


BIT HUNGER GAMES, and all adventure!”
—Amie Kaufman,
New York Times bestselling author
Credit: Marte L. Rekke

10:30 a.m. Kimberly Jones

and Gilly Segal,
I’m Not Dying with You Tonight


YA race relations canon.”
—Nic Stone,
New York Times bestselling Credit: Credit:
author of Dear Martin Vania Stoyonova Uchechi Anusiem

12:00 p.m. Dan Haring and

MarcyKate Connolly,
The Star Shepherd

FANTASY about a boy’s race
to save the stars before their
Credit: Ryan Scott Miller Credit:
Photography Cheryl Colombo light is extinguished for good.

1:30 p.m. Raj Halder,

Chris Carpenter, and
Maria Beddia,
P Is for Pterodactyl

Kids Booksellers Pick Their Stars

This year’s BookExpo boasts a slew of can’t-miss
galleys by both esteemed and emerging authors,
in a variety of genres and formats. Show Daily
asked a number of booksellers about the titles
they’re most eager to grab at publishers’ booths.
Several attendees shared their enthusiasm for a
new handbook dedicated to inspiring a lifelong
love of books: How to Raise a Reader (Workman,
Sept.) by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, both editors
at the New York Times Book Review. Janet Geddis,
owner of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Ga., who has a
master’s in education, said, “I have read lots of
books about how to get kids interested in reading,
and How to Raise a Reader is among the best.”
derbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser (HMH, Sept.). “I’m
Picture Book Faves obsessed with this series set in Harlem featuring a family of five kids, the
On the picture book front, Elizabeth Bluemle, owner of the Flying Pig Book- vivid and warm community around them, and the challenges they con-
store in Shelburne, Vt., raved about A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein, front,” she said.
illus. by Jerry Pinkney (Holiday House/Porter, Sept.), about Martin Luther Clarissa Hadge, manager at Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston, has
King Jr.’s speech for the 1963 March on Washington. “What I love about it high expectations for Lalani of the Distant Sea by Newbery Medalist Erin
is threefold,” she said: “Jerry Pinkney’s artwork, the behind-the-scenes look Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow, Sept.). She described the author’s debut fan-
at the collaborative nature of achievement, and the nuanced, bittersweet tasy, incorporating Filipino folklore, as “a lyrical journey and a perfect mid-
realities of the struggles necessary to create change.” dle grade read.”
Spencer’s New Pet by Jessie Sima (Simon & Schuster, Aug.) was a top pick
for Sara Grochowski, children’s book buyer at McLean & Eakin in Petoskey, YA Crossovers
Mich. “It’s a wordless story about a boy and his balloon animal, and is Booksellers are also keeping an eye out for YA crossover hits. Children of
bursting with imagination and joy,” she said. Maggie Pouncey, co-owner of Virtue and Vengeance (Holt, Dec.), the sequel to Tomi Adeyemi’s #Black-
Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab in Brooklyn, N.Y., touted Alma and LivesMatter-inspired fantasy Children of Blood and Bone, holds strong
the Beast by Brooklynite Esmé Shapiro (Tundra, Sept.). “I love the wonder- appeal for teens and older readers alike, according to Edward at Booked.
ful whimsical weirdness of this picture book,” she said. “Shapiro is such a Ruta Sepetys is back with another historical novel, The Fountains of Silence
talent.” (Philomel, Oct.), set in Franco’s Spain. Anne Holman, co-owner of the King’s
Sara Hines, co-owner of Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth, Mass., English in Salt Lake City, anticipates it “will easily translate to an adult
described another Canadian picture book, The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s audience.”
Garden (Orca, Sept.), as “a standout.” The book was inspired by the true In terms of new YA voices, Hadge said the science fiction debut I Hope You
story of one Japanese village’s resilience after the 2011 Tohoku earth- Get This Message by Farah Naz
quake and tsunami that seriously Rishi (HarperTeen, Oct.) “hit me
damaged the Fukushima nuclear right in the feels and will be a great
power plant. Hines said, “There is an crossover read.” And Rauscher
organization in our town called Good called The Last True Poets of the Sea
Grief, and it focuses on having healthy by Julia Drake (Disney-Hyperion,
conversations about death with chil- Oct.), which addresses mental ill-
dren. I wept while reading this book. ness, “the book I wish I had when I
And I am looking forward to sharing it was 16. It’s smart and kind and
with the founders of Good Grief.” affirming.” Tegan Tigani, children’s
book buyer at Queen Anne Book Company in
Middle Grade Must-Haves Seattle, is a fan of Frankly in Love by David
The middle grade comic everyone is Yoon (Putnam Books for Young Readers,
buzzing about is Guts by superstar Sept.). “I was so ready for a book that could
Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic/Graphix, make me laugh out loud and think about it for
Sept.). Chelsea Edward, owner of a long time, and this fit the bill.”
Booked in Evanston, Ill., said, “Every Nicole Brinkley, a bookseller at Oblong
child is coming in to ask when Guts is coming out. It’s going to be huge.” Books in Rhinebeck, N.Y., is excited for Pet by
She added that, of course, Dav Pilkey’s new Dog Man book, For Whom nonbinary author Akwaeke Emezi, first in
the Ball Rolls (Graphix, Aug.), will also be big. “We sell Telgemeier and Christopher Myers’s Make Me a World imprint
Pilkey every day.” at Random House. “It’s a brilliant bite-sized
Middle grade fiction highlights for booksellers include My Jasper novel that fearlessly examines the world
June by Laurel Snyder (Walden Pond, Sept.), which Avid’s Geddis called around us,” she said. 
“a pitch-perfect story of a girl dealing with loss and relearning to speak —Emma Kantor, with reporting by Amanda
up for what she believes in.” Pouncey at Stories can’t wait for The Van- Bruns, Claire Kirch, and Diane Roback
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Adult Authors Breakfast:

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Serious Topics and Lively
The subject of each book introduced at yesterday morning’s Adult Book &
Author Breakfast was serious, but the authors certainly made a packed
ballroom of booksellers laugh during their lively presentations.
Rachel Maddow, the MSNBC host, moderated the panel with Malcolm
Gladwell, Karin Slaughter, Marjorie Liu, and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Maddow’s
second book, Blow-out: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the
Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth (Crown, Oct.), ties together the
connections between the oil and gas industry and Russia’s interference in
this country’s governance. Noting that “there’s a destructive dynamic at (From l.) Ta-Nehisi Coates, Malcolm Gladwell, Karin Slaughter, Marjorie Liu, Rachel Maddow.
work,” she said that the industry poses a threat to democracy in the U.S.
and around the world because it “bends the rules” while destroying the especially during road trips to visit her grandmother. Slaughter’s talent for
environment. It’s not that people profiting from oil and gas are necessarily writing thrillers further developed because her grandmother was a fan of
evil, she said, the companies themselves are evil—and there are “warm seats True Crime magazine. Although she hid it when Slaughter and her family
in hell” for Rex Tillerson, former secretary of state and former ExxonMobil visited, the girls would read it “to scare each other to death.”
chair and CEO, as well as other ExxonMobil executives. Marjorie Liu began the presentation for her Monstress graphic novel series,
The inspiration behind Malcolm Gladwell’s latest pop psychology book, the first volume of which is being reissued as a hardcover in July, with a
Talking to Strangers (Little, Brown, Sept.), was the death of Sandra Bland, an shout-out to illustrator Sana Takeda, whom she called her “better half.” Like
African-American woman from Chicago who was stopped by a police officer Slaughter, it was Liu’s grandparents who inspired her to write a fantasy full
while driving through Texas. Bland was arrested for arguing with the state of magic and terror. Her grandparents grew up in China during WWII, and
trooper and was subsequently found dead in her jail cell. “I decided to write Liu repeated stories they told her of war, hunger, and death. Even though
a book about what happened between those two people,” Gladwell said, their tales were “traumatic,” Liu said, they were also memories of love and
adding that while there was truth to allegations that the officer was racist hope; her grandparents’ experiences taught Liu that what really matters in
and perhaps even “a bad cop,” there was more to the miscommunication life is family and friends.
between the two, just as there was between Amanda Knox and Italian police The “Lost Cause” myth about the noble intentions of the Confederacy in
after Knox’s housemate was found murdered. “What is it about the dynamic the Civil War inspired Ta-Nehisi Coates to write his debut novel, The Water
between strangers that is problematic?” Gladwell asked, pointing out that Dancer (One World, Sept.), about a young man’s confrontation with slavery.
people often do not know how to talk to strangers. The morning’s last speaker, Coates said he wrote Water Dancer to “disrupt
Karin Slaughter introduced her latest thriller, The Last Widow (Morrow, the myth.” Myths shape people’s view of the world, he said, insisting that
Aug.), by describing her childhood growing up in the South, the youngest of anyone who subscribes to the myth of the well-intentioned Confederacy
three girls. Her father gave her a quarter for every story she wrote, the gris- believes “on some fundamental level that black people are not human
lier the better. He loved to tell stories “to take us out of our lives,” she said, beings.”  —Claire Kirch

Live from New York, ‘But That’s Another Story’

Macmillan executive v-p Will Schwalbe, who also happens to be the best-

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selling author of The End of Your Life Book Club, among others, is also a
prominent podcast host of But That’s Another Story. Yesterday, he took his
podcast on the road to the Javits, where he moderated a panel featuring
three authors with forthcoming titles: Stephen Chbosky, author of Imagi-
nary Friend (Grand Central, Oct.), Nicole Dennis-Benn, author of Patsy
(Liveright, July), and Aarti Shahani, author of Here We Are: American
Dreams, American Nightmares (Celadon, Oct.).
Schwalbe recorded their lively exchange for a future episode of his show,
which is organized around authors talking about a book (or books) that
changed their lives. Chbosky, best known for his 1999 bestselling high school
coming-of-age novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, cited both horror films
(l.–r.) Will Schwalbe, Aarti Shahani, Stephen Chbosky, Nicole Dennis-Benn.
and TV: “My parents would let me watch anything.” Stephen King’s classic
The Stand also had a big impact. “I couldn’t stop reading it for four days,”
he said. “I didn’t even go to work. It made me realize how a book can make Audre Lorde’s 1982 autobiography, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name,
you feel.” influenced Dennis-Benn, whose 2017 novel Here Comes the Sun, won the
Shahani, an NPR correspondent, whose memoir is about her family’s immi- Lambda Literary Prize. Dennis-Benn said that she identified with Lorde as a
gration to America from India, cited Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, West Indian immigrant, a black woman, and a lesbian. “I was taught to respect
the story of a Nigerian woman and academic living in America. “The pro- shame rather than my own voice, which is the opposite of being a writer. I
tagonist of the book is looking to find her voice,” Shahani said, describing was coming out as a lesbian, and I grew up in Jamaica, where being a lesbian
how she read the book at a time when she was also searching for her iden- was taboo,” Dennis-Benn added. “Lorde was open about her sexuality and
tity. “I felt stronger reading her book.” that affected me profoundly.”  —Calvin Reid

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market?” In the coming months, NPD Books will start to measure digital
audio sales, he noted.
Among the key trends affecting the book business, nonfiction has carried
industry sales in recent years, with adult fiction continuing to decline. And
after a number of bestsellers in 2018, Walter pointed to signs of “political
fatigue” setting in. He cited a 38% decrease in political book sales in the
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centage of industry growth in 2018, while backlist titles also are showing
growth. In fact, in 2018, consumers bought more books published before
2000 than books published in 2017 and 2018. And, Walter said, the 10
top-selling books last year, which included five million-sellers, was the big-
gest-selling top 10 since 2012, when Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hunger
Games dominated the bestseller lists.
In addition, the surge in popularity of comics and graphic novels suggest that “visual storytelling” is also on the rise, which could help drive licensing
opportunities. “A cross-media presence,” Walter said, is becoming “increas-
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Max Brooks Eoin Colfer
How to Win the Game of Thrones Keeping It All in the Family
When Max Brooks watches Game of In 2001, Eoin Colfer introduced

greater talent network

Thrones, he pays attention to the criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl
ever-suffering peasants rather than to young readers, who were thrilled
the treacherous nobles who drive the to make his acquaintance. That

HBO series adapted from George eight-book series has sold more
R.R. Martin’s novels. “A lot of inno- than 25 million copies worldwide,
cent people die,” says Brooks, an and Walt Disney Studios will release
author and screenwriter who coed- an eponymous tie-in film in August.
ited Winning Westeros: How Game of Now Colfer shifts his focus to
Thrones Explains Modern Military Artemis’s younger twin brothers,
Conflict (Univ. of Nebraska/Potomac, Myles and Beckett, in The Fowl
Sept.). Brooks recalls one moment in Twins (Disney-Hyperion, Nov.).
the epic fantasy series when an
explosion sends a gigantic temple At what point did you decide to
bell careening down the street to write a novel centering on Arte-
crush a bystander. “This is what hap- mis’s siblings?
pens in war, from Dresden to Hiro- I think as soon as the twins showed
shima,” says Brooks. “The conse- up in the Artemis books, my writer’s
quences keep rolling. When you unsheathe your sword, you are going to set brain opened a file on them to be

sonya sones
waves in motion that are going to last decades.” revisited once Artemis had completed
Brooks has worked with martial strategists ever since his first novel, his transformation to good guy. When

World War Z (2006), got added to a reading list at the Naval War College. I finished the Artemis saga, I gave
Now, he’s a fellow at the Modern War Institute and the Atlantic Council’s Art myself five years to purge leprechauns
of Future Warfare Project. He also coedited Strategy Strikes Back: How from my brain before I would go back
Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict (2018). to the fairy world, but as it turned out,
Brooks thinks Game of Thrones reminds us of mistaken military assump- leprechauns will not be cast out.
tions after the Cold War ended. “We really thought that the new golden age
of humanity was upon us,” says Brooks. “Now we realize that simply is not Was it challenging to revisit Myles
true. There are threats coming from every angle and democracies being and Beckett as adolescents, given
rolled back all over the world.” Many leaders in the Game of Thrones series that you last knew them as
made similar assumptions about the security of their kingdoms, ignoring four-year-olds?
the return of an ancient enemy, the consequences of climate change, and a It was a little difficult to age them up, but I always enjoy a challenge—in fact,
brewing refugee crisis. I am not really interested in a project unless it stretches me a little bit. For
Winning Westeros measures the me, the main challenge was to have Myles take up the criminal mastermind
performance of fan-favorite characters mantle, but to distinguish him from Artemis. After a while, it became clear
against many real-life leaders. Imagin- to me that the best way to have Myles distinguish himself was to have him
ing how the hit HBO series might con- pity Artemis as a weaker intellect.
clude, Brooks parallels Game of
Thrones’ honorable leader, Jon Snow, Did you find it rewarding to portray Myles and Beckett at a similar age
with America’s first president. as the book’s middle grade readers?
“Snow’s greatest challenge will be It was great fun, and the further I went along in the book the more I knew the
how he handles victory,” says Brooks. characters and their quirks, so that eventually I had to go back and rewrite
“George Washington’s greatest tri- them with all this fresh information. I like to give the characters quirks to
umph was not on the battlefield. It establish them as individuals, but also ground them a little. For example,
wasn’t even in the presidency. It was in Myles may be a genius, but he suffers from migraines.
stepping down from the presidency.”
Legendary military leaders like Fidel What lies ahead for the twins?
Castro or Robert Mugabe won major At the moment, this is a duology, but I am very open to extending to a trilogy.
victories, but never relinquished con- I am working on book two and really enjoying myself. It is embarrassing how
trol of their countries. “It’s almost much I laugh at my own computer screen. I will see how the readers react. If
superhuman,” says Brooks, “to have the power of a god in your hand and to there is an appetite out there for more Fowl stories, I would love to tell them.
give it up because you know that it is the right thing to do, so that the sys-  —Sally Lodge
tem will live on.” —Jason Boog
Today, 8–9:30 a.m. Eoin Colfer will speak at the Children’s Book &
Author Breakfast, on the Main Stage.
Today, 2–2:30 p.m. Max Brooks will speak on the panel “Winning West-
Today, 1–1:30 p.m. Colfer signs in the Disney booth (1713).
eros,” at the Indie Publisher Stage.
“...a Dream Publisher”
“...every tweet and message I’ve had from audio listeners
has praised the narrator and the production values just
as highly as they’ve praised the writing itself.
Dreamscape really is a dream publisher!“
- Lisa Jewell

Stop by and meet the

Dream Team
Booth #1111

CELEBRATING Lupita Nyong’o
The Power of Stars

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Thank you to our authors, narrators, and everyone
who has contributed to the unparalleled collection of
audiobooks Hachette has produced throughout the years.


the Grand Prize, which consists of
to enter and for Official Rules. The theme of beauty shines brightly in Academy Award–winning actress
Lupita Nyong’o’s debut picture book, Sulwe (S&S, Oct.), illus. by Vashti Har-
rison, author and illustrator of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History.
Nyong’o describes it as “the story of a young girl and her journey to find the
beauty in herself.” The title, which means “star” in the Luo language that
Nyong’o spoke as a child in Kenya, is also the name of the book’s protago-
nist. Sulwe is a five-year-old Kenyan girl who is self-conscious about her
dark skin, which is “the color of midnight.”
Not so long ago, Nyong’o herself was an insecure teen who felt decidedly
un-beautiful because of her own dark skin. And it was another kind of
star—African supermodel Alek Wek—who eventually made Nyong’o feel
seen, and, yes, beautiful. Nyong’o memorably shared these sentiments in a
2014 speech at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon that
went viral. “I used my platform as an honoree to talk about my own feelings
about black beauty and the colorism I experienced as a child,” says
Nyong’o. “That speech offered the seeds of the book that would become
Though the seeds were planted then, the actress says that it was the liter-
ary division of the agency that represents her, Creative Artists Agency, that
“got the ball rolling” to encourage her to transform her story into a picture
book. After working on the project with those staffers, Nyong’o adds, “We
met with a number of children’s book publishers, deciding on Simon &
Schuster after a meeting with their team and a phone call with my now edi-
tor [Zareen Jaffery],” Nyong’o adds. Though Nyong’o prefers not to discuss
plans for future books, she has numerous film projects to keep her busy. “I
have a movie coming out later this year called Little Monsters, which was
quite fun to film,” she says. “It’s a dark comedy and I play a kindergarten
teacher. So I had the chance to work with some fantastic child actors.”
Nyong’o says she has been looking forward to her first BookExpo. “My
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE CHANCE OF WINNING. understanding is it’s like ComicCon for books, which sounds very exciting.”
Void where prohibited. Must be legal US resident 18 years or older as of 5/29/19 to enter.  —Shannon Maughan
Sweepstakes begins 5/29/19 at 12:01 am ET and ends 6/29/19 at 11:59 pm ET.
Visit for Official Rules and details.
Sponsor: Hachette Book Group, Inc., 1290 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10104. Today, 8–9:30 a.m. Lupita Nyong’o will appear at the Children’s Book &
Author Breakfast, on the Main Stage. Also available in print and ebook wherever books are sold
Today, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Nyong’o and Vashti Harrison will sign prints
from Sulwe at the S&S booth (1838, 1839).
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

Jenna Bush Hager and Welcome to BookExpo 2019
Barbara Pierce Bush Visit us in Booth #1338

Celebrating Real-Life and Fictional FEATURED EVENTS • FRIDAY, MAY 31

Though Jenna Bush Hager
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Photo: Jonathan Mehring

and Barbara Pierce Bush have

Photo: Kelli Maniscalco

lived their entire lives in the

spotlight, they first became

literary luminaries in 2017, 9:30–10:30 AM 10:00–10:30 AM
with the publication of their Kerri Michael
bestselling joint memoir, Maniscalco Koryta
Sisters First: Stories from AA Signing, AA Signing,
Our Wild and Wonderful Life. Table 9 Table 5

Now, they’re attending Book-

Expo to show off their new
picture book, also titled Sisters

Photo: Beowulf Sheehan

Photo: © Peter Yang

First (Little, Brown, Oct.), illus.
by Ramona Kaulitzki. The
twins will serve as cohosts at
10:30–11:00 AM 11:00–12:00 PM
this morning’s Children’s
Jenna Bush Hager (l.) and Barbara Pierce Bush Leslie Adam
Book & Author Breakfast.
Jamison Rippon
They explain that their debut children’s AA Signing, HBG Booth #1338
book—about two inseparable sisters— Table 3 Signing
had a protracted gestation period. “When
Jenna and I first started talking about
writing something together, we initially

Photo: Shannon Taggart

thought of doing a children’s book, but
Photo: 179 Pictures

eventually we wrote a collection of personal

essays for adult readers,” Barbara recalls.
The idea of writing a picture book resur- 11:00–12:00 PM 11:00–12:00 PM

faced during Jenna’s pregnancy with Poppy,

Beth Vrabel Susannah
HBG Booth #1338 Cahalan
her second daughter. “We had fun telling Signing AA Signing,
Mila, Jenna’s older daughter, how much we Table 3
loved being sisters, and how lucky we’ve
been to be partners in everything we’ve done—and Mila got very excited
about having a sister, too.”
Not surprisingly, a lifetime spent hand-in-hand made for a smooth picture
book collaboration. For inspiration, Barbara and Jenna relied on their own AT BOOTH #1338
memories of their early sisterhood, as well as witnessing Mila and Poppy’s
experiences. “The sweet relationship the sisters in our book have is so reflec- 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
tive of Barbara and my own sisterhood, knowing that we each have the oth- Mo’s Bows Moziah Bridges (Running Press) Soccerwomen Gemma Clarke (Bold Type Books)
er’s back all the time,” Jenna says. “But some of the text is based on actual Imaginary Friend Stephen Chbosky
Vern Yip’s Vacation at Home Vern Yip
Screwdriver Giveaway (Running Press)
things my girls have imagined and things they’ve said about each other. So, (Grand Central Publishing)
11:00 AM
in some ways, the book really wrote itself.” The Queen of the Conquered Kheryn Callender
(Orbit) Change is the Only Constant Ben Orlin
The sisters Bush are “deeply honored and excited to be among such incred- (Black Dog & Leventhal)
ible authors” on today’s breakfast podium, and they look forward to sharing Talking To Strangers Malcolm Gladwell Processed Cheese Stephen Wright (Little, Brown)
(Little, Brown)
their picture book with booksellers. “As we’ve grown older, our definition of 12:00 PM
Scouts Shannon Greenland (Jimmy Patterson)
‘sisters’ has expanded to friends and colleagues—women who lift us up and Heaven, My Home Attica Locke (Little, Brown)
help us believe that we are enough,” Barbara says. “Sisters First is a love Blood Allison Moorer (Hachette Books) 1:00 PM
story to them, too, as well as to the next generation of girls.” And, Jenna Sophia, Princess Among Beasts The Ten Thousand Doors of January Alix E. Harrow
James Patterson (Little, Brown) (Redhook)
adds, “It is our wish for all women and girls—whether blood sisters or dear Running Press Studio Stadium Cup Giveaway
friends—that the power of sisterhood fills their lives with confidence and
joy.”  —Sally Lodge

Today, 8–9:30 a.m. Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush will
cohost the Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, on the Main Stage.

Signings & Galleys
Tomi Adeyemi
Friday 5/31
Keeping Fantasy Real
#3 Jonathan Janz
P.D. Cacek With five starred reviews,
Tomi Adeyemi’s debut novel,
Children of Blood and Bone,
the first book in her West
African–inspired YA trilogy,
the Legacy of Orïsha, was
thrust into the limelight. The
fantasy, about maji Zélie’s
struggle to restore eradi-
cated magic to the kingdom
PB • $14.95 9781787581852 PB • $14.95 9781787581579 of Orïsha, rose to the top of
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the New York Times best-
288pp NEW Horror 304pp NEW Horror/Thriller
seller list and landed the
author a movie deal with
Friday 5/31 Fox 2000. Adeyemi will talk
Table 1:00 –1:30pm about the sequel, Children of
#2 Hopstaken & Prusi Virtue and Vengeance (Holt,
Andrew Post
Table Dec.), at today’s Children’s
#3 Book & Author Breakfast.
The inspiration for the
first-generation Nigerian-American’s fantasy was entirely serendipitous,
she says. After graduating from Harvard, she traveled to Salvador, Brazil,
on a fellowship to study West African mythology and culture. At a
museum gift shop, she spotted a postcard set in the magical, mythologi-
cal world of Orïsha. “I had never before seen images of black gods and
goddesses—deities who were darker
than I am,” she says. “In my mind,
PB • $14.95 9781787581715 PB • $14.95 9781787582835
they did not exist, and that postcard
HC • $24.95 9781787581739 HC • $24.95 9781787582859
384pp MAY Horror/Mystery 288pp JUNE Mystery/Thriller was life-changing. I knew right away I
had to write something set in this
Though Adeyemi had her setting,
she didn’t find a story to go with it
Galley until months later, when she saw a
digital illustration of a black girl with
bright green hair. “I knew then I had
my story, and I began writing,” she
says. “The girl’s story captivated me,
and I knew it fit in the world of Orï-
sha I’d seen on that postcard in
PB • $14.95 PB • $14.95 Brazil. I wrote quickly—and just kept
9781787583047 256pp 9781787582903 320pp on going.”
HC • $24.95 AUGUST HC • $24.95 JULY A driving factor in Adeyemi’s fiction, she says, is “to give people who
9781787583061 Mystery/Thriller 9781787582927 Mystery/Thriller haven’t seen themselves in books the chance to do so. But I also feel
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Today, 8–9:30 a.m. Tomi Adeyemi will speak at the Children’s Book &
Author Breakfast, on the Main Stage.
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

Da Chen
An imprint of the HarperOne Group at HarperCollins
On Sibling Survival
That Da Chen’s Girl Under a Red Amistad is the nation’s oldest press

michael chen
Moon (Scholastic, Sept.) brings dedicated to publishing African-American
his family’s experiences during
voices. With a mission to embrace writers,

China’s Cultural Revolution into
clear view for young readers is explore issues and solutions throughout
only fitting: it’s one of the first the Diaspora, and to empower readers,
titles that Scholastic Press edito-
rial director Lisa Sendell acquired
Amistad titles break boundaries, educate,
for her Scholastic Focus imprint. enlighten, inspire, and entertain.
She approached Chen at a Poets
& Writers magazine annual gala
several years ago. “After dinner,”
says Chen, “Lisa came up and
said, ‘Da, do you remember me?
I’m starting a nonfiction children’s
imprint. Would you write me a
China book?’ ”
In Girl Under a Red Moon,
Chen shines a light on his beloved
and brave eldest sister, Sisi. He
recounts their childhood set against
the contrasting backdrops of a lush
countryside and a violent and tumultu-
ous period in Chinese history, the Cul-
tural Revolution.
Chen remembers Sisi as “very smart
and a very good student,” who, with
seven years—and three other sib-
lings—between them, became a
mother figure to him. “I spent most of
my time strapped to my sister’s back as
she walked all of us through the vil-
lage,” he recalls. One of their frequent
missions was collecting manure for
As the Cultural Revolution took hold,
Chen’s grandfather, a wealthy landlord, was forced at gunpoint to turn over
his properties and was imprisoned in a labor camp. When he became too
frail to work, Chen’s father took his place, enduring torture and humiliation
at the hands of the Red Army. Chen says that the family became “pariahs Coming October 2019, from the
because of politics, something I didn’t fully understand as a child. But I was celebrated photographer Randee St.
acutely aware of the fact that I was not welcome in this village.”
The Chen family’s disgrace “descended very soon on my sister,” notes Nicholas, the ultimate collection of
Chen. At age 13, Sisi was expelled from school and threatened with jail.
photographs documenting the career of
She fled to an agricultural middle school in the mountains run by family
friends—with her little brother in tow. “I begged to go with her because one of the world’s greatest superstars.
we were so close,” Chen says. “This book is about her escape.”
Chen was widely recognized for his debut book, the bestselling 2000
adult memoir, Colors of the Mountain, and has written several other
adult and YA novels since. But writing this book, he says, was “very emo-
tional, very close to me. It taught me something every day. This story is F OR P U B L I C I T Y EN Q U I RI ES , P L EA S E C O N TA C T:
tragic, but the setting is so beautiful. I loved writing about that.”
Paul Olsewski, Senior Director of Publicity
 —Shannon Maughan
Today, 8–9:30 a.m. Da Chen will speak at the Children’s Book & Author
Breakfast, on the Main Stage.


CHILDREN’S schools and the recent college admis-

AUTHORS sions scandal. “We wanted to write

something that shows how people shine

J.J. and Chris Grabenstein in different ways,” he says. “You don’t

have to be in the spotlight to shine—you
can do so just by being a good person.”
Collaborating to Mark Individuality While writing Shine! the Grabensteins
quickly realized that they “create very
“I’ve written 58 books and J.J. always reads them first,” says Chris Graben- differently,” and the duo leaned into
stein, who refers to his wife, J.J., as his “secret weapon.” That will change their respective skill sets. “Chris has
this fall when J.J.’s name appears alongside his on their debut middle grade been typing for so many years that he
novel, Shine! (Random House, Nov.). thinks through his fingers,” J.J. says.
A voiceover and stage performer, J.J. says that her interest in writing for “I become the character and act out the
children was piqued by her husband’s career. “Being married to a children’s scene, while he has a whole dialogue in
author makes you start thinking about the books you read as a kid,” she his head that I can’t hear.” Chris adds,
adds. “I’d been thinking about the books “I have the curse of the journalism stu-
that made an impression on me and the dent and can type 120 words per min-
books I wish I’d read. That’s how Shine! ute, so I do most of the typing. Once we
was born.” have something on paper, we can start
The novel follows 12-year-old Piper, who acting it out and making revisions. J.J.
believes that some people are born to shine is great at characters, motivations, and what characters sound like. She
and that she simply isn’t one of them. It’s a does the lion’s share of reading what we’ve written out loud, because I
book J.J. says she wishes she’d discovered mumble too much when I read aloud.”
as a child—a book with this message: Who J.J. says that she hopes Shine! reaches readers who feel that they don’t
you are is more important than what you shine and helps them realize that they do in their own way.
accomplish. Chris notes that the novel’s  —Sara Grochowski
premise was also inspired by the pressure
on children to succeed academically, citing Today, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Chris and J.J. Grabenstein will sign galleys at
Table 8.
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Authors Take share the stories
Center Stage behind their books.

David Yoon
David Yoon, Frankly in Love I’m so grateful that the novel will be featured on the YA
(Putnam, Sept.)

allan amato
Editors’ Buzz Panel, and my hope is that the book reaches
At first, my novel is about a boy and a girl who fake-date more readers and makes them feel less alone, especially

each other to hide their real love interests from their con- when it comes to any difficulties and questions surround-
servative Korean parents, who want them to date only ing their mental health.
other Koreans. But the story quickly twists and turns to
send our hero, Frank, onto a journey exploring race, iden- Brandy Colbert, The Revolution of Birdie
tity, heartbreak—and, ultimately, how to love your parents Randolph
even when they drive you crazy. (Little, Brown, Aug.)
Like Frank, I grew up as a hyphenated Korean-American My novel explores a summer in the life of a 16-year-old
kid struggling to define myself in between worlds—a strug- who feels constrained by her parents’ endless rules. When
gle that has continued into adulthood. When my father her mom’s sister shows up unexpectedly, fresh out of
became terminally ill, I couldn’t help wondering what he Kim Liggett rehab for addiction, Birdie is drawn to her warmth and
must be feeling and thinking. Was he proud of his son? free spirit. As she begins to break away from the rules,
Did he have regrets? Did he achieve all the things he once falling for a young man with a troubled past, Birdie slowly
dreamt of? All these questions led, in one way or another, realizes how long-held secrets can shape the future.
to a single answer in my mind: love, in all its various I was inspired to write this novel because of the role I’ve
forms. And I knew that Frankly in Love had to be a love seen addiction play in the lives of people I know. I’m
story, not just between a boy and a girl but between a son always struck by the secrecy around the issue, as well as
and his parents. the rifts it causes in relationships. I was also interested in
exploring how addiction affects the black community, and
Kim Liggett, The Grace Year particularly how it impacts families. This panel helps high-
(Wednesday Books, Sept.) light a story from an underrepresented group, and I
In an isolated village, 16-year-old girls, in order to rid believe there’s no better way to foster empathy than step-
themselves of their feminine magic to become purified and ping into the shoes of someone with a different back-
ready for marriage, are sent into the wilderness to endure Julia Drake ground. It’s important to me that teens know they’re not
their grace year. It felt like this novel’s premise came to me alone, no matter what difficult situation they’re facing,
all at once, hitting me like a runaway colt, but I’d been qui- and I believe readers will relate to Birdie’s journey.
etly seething over this topic for years: the things we do to
young women. I wanted to explore misogyny on every Erin Stewart, Scars Like Wings
level, not only the destructive force of a society that denies (Delacorte, Oct.)
women power, but the complex and sometimes twisted In my novel, Ava Lee loses everything—her parents, her
relationships between girls, the women they eventually best friend, and even her face—in a fire. Ten years ago, I
become, and the difficult decisions they make in between. met a boy named Marius who had been orphaned and
When I first started writing, a friend asked what my pie- badly burned after a fire. But he had something the fire
in-the-sky dream accomplishment would be. Without hesi- could never steal: an unwavering belief that he was so
tation, I replied, “Buzz Book!” It’s been a long, winding much more than his scars and this tragedy. Scars Like
path to get here, but I think that makes it all the sweeter. Wings would not have been possible without Marius and
There’s no better opportunity to get in front of the movers Brandy Colbert other burn survivors who shared their stories with me.
and shakers of our industry, and I will savor every moment Like these real-life heroes, Ava goes through moments of
talking about this story and how much it means to me. deep darkness and pain. But [the book] is also a story of
hope for anyone who has ever searched for light in the
Julia Drake, The Last True Poets of the Sea darkness. It is a story of choosing life—and love—despite
(Disney-Hyperion, Oct.) the scars.
This is a book about many things: the hunt for a long-lost I can’t wait for booksellers and teens to meet Ava, and
shipwreck, a fractured family, falling in love, finding new I’m excited for readers to watch as she discovers that the
friends, and surviving life’s challenges. The original inspira- amount of love and light she lets into her life—and gives
tion for the novel was Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a mel- out in return—will determine the trajectory of her life
ancholy comedy full of memorable, lovable characters. I more than tragedy ever could.  —Sally Lodge
first read the play when I performed as Viola in a high
school production, and her warmth and wit stayed with me Today, 9:30–10 a.m. The “Meet Young Adult Buzz
Erin Stewart Authors” panel will take place on the Downtown Stage.
for years.

“RABID HEART maintains a sharp, persistently moving narrative…an endlessly

entertaining zombie tale that checks off genre conventions with style.”
— Kirkus Reviews

”RABID HEART evokes a mix of Misfits lyrics and grainy VHS horror classics.
The plot draws parallels to Cormac McCarthy's The Road...”
— Publishers Weekly

“RABID HEART is Wagner’s finest work to date. Exciting and

near-addictive. A page-turner that avid horror aficionados will be
drawn to with glee.”
— Dead Rhetoric Magazine

”RABID HEART is a next level opus that raises the stakes

considerably. And good goddamn, is it a white-knuckle thrill ride.”
— Decibel Magazine

“An evil Egyptologist. A scheming billionaire.

A guitar maestro. They’re all there in
This is pulp fiction at its breeziest best.”
— Rolling Stone

Best-Selling Novelist JEREMY WAGNER is the Award-Winning


Join with other librarians for author talks, giveaways, and food and drink. This
is all at the Publishers Weekly Librarians’ Lounge, in the main exhibit hall at
booth 557.

Enjoy a Light Breakfast

Today, 9–9:30 a.m.
Get your day going with a cuppa and something to eat provided by PW.

Meet the Authors and Editor Behind the New Make Me a World
Imprint, Courtesy of Random House Children’s Books
Today, 9:30–10:30 a.m.
“No one will disagree that there is a need for diversity
in children’s literature, and a need to respond to the
changing demographics of our country and our
world,” says Christopher Myers about the genesis of
Random House Children’s Books’ new imprint, Make
Me a World. “At the same time, as we look at the sta-
tistics, those books are not being published.”
That’s beginning to change even more rapidly with
the launch of Make Me a World’s inaugural list this
fall. “Discover a world where everything is possible,”
reads the imprint’s mission statement. Join us to talk with Myers and two of
the imprint’s first authors.
Myers, the son of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers, began his own illus-
trious children’s book career as an author and artist by doing research to help
his father. He now serves as the driving force and creative director of Make
Me a World.
Authors on the inaugural Make Me a World list
Sarah Deming, author of Gravity (Nov.): A boxer
and journalist, Deming, in her gritty, inspiring YA
novel, follows Gravity Delgado, a young Jewish-Domin-
ican teenager growing up in Brooklyn as she aspires to
greatness inside and outside the ring.
Akwaeke Emezi, author of Pet (Sept.): This book is
billed as a riveting and timely YA novel that takes on
the “difficult questions about what choices you can
make when the society around you is in denial.” A writer and video artist,
Emezi debuted her autobiographical adult novel, Freshwater, last year; it has
racked up numerous honors and is currently a finalist for a Lambda Literary
Award and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award.


FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

Learn More About Book Vine, with Two of the Company’s Authors
Today, 11 a.m.–noon
It’s a question more and more librarians are hearing these days: “How do I go about
publishing my book?” An author service provider, Book Vine Press will be on hand in
the lounge to answer questions about its services, along with two of its authors.
Leonard W. Heflich has a passion for developing future leaders—and for food writ-
ing. His latest self-published book, Live as Long as You Dare:
A Journey to Gain Healthy, Vibrant Years, combines his pas-
sions, offering readers simple, sustainable steps for living a
longer and better life.
Gabriel Moran, a professor emeritus of educational phi-
losophy at New York University, has worked with the Roman
Catholic Church’s educational programs for more than 50
years. His latest self-published book, Missed Opportunities:
Rethinking Catholic Tradition, is a dialogue between “the offi-
cial teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the chal-
lenges of the contemporary world.”

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Have Some Lunch, Provided by Rowman & Littlefield

Today, 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Rest your feet and enjoy lunch with colleagues.

Learn More About the Naxos Online Library Streaming Service

Today, 2–3 p.m.
Not only can you learn more about the Naxos Music Library, you can get a free
30-day trial. Reps will be in the lounge to answer questions about the comprehensive
online service, which offers more than 2.2 million tracks of classical music, jazz, world,
folk, and Chinese music, including orchestral works, concertos, chamber music, vocal
and choral works, opera and operetta, ballet music, and film scores.
The streaming service also offers users a wealth of information, including album
notes and cover artwork, and more than 40,000 composer and art-
ist biographies. With no track limits or time limits, users can listen,
watch, and read all day long. The service also offers great adminis-
trator features for librarians, including free MARC records and
mobile apps. First launched in 1996, Naxos offers spoken word,
poetry, and a deep library of classic audiobooks. The Naxos Music
Library, launched in 2002, was the industry’s first subscription
streaming platform, four years ahead of Spotify. —Andrew Albanese


John Cena
Reving Up for Elbow

perrry hagopian
Grease’s Return

With his sonorous voice and stately
stature, wrestler, actor, and rapper
John Cena has long been a command-
ing presence in multiple entertain-
ment venues. He takes to a new stage
this afternoon as the headliner of
“John Cena Presents,” moderated by
BuzzFeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald.
Cena will talk about his role as a
picture book author, most recently of
Elbow Grease vs. Motozilla (Random
House, Oct.), a follow-up to his 2018
debut, Elbow Grease, both illus. by
Howard McWilliam. In his first book, Cena introduced a small monster
truck with four bigger brothers who is determined to prove his guts and
grit. It zoomed onto bestsellers lists and paved the way for Cena’s new
story, in which Elbow
Grease’s supportive siblings
roar to his side as he faces
off against Motozilla, a fero-

9:00- cious monster machine.

When a publisher
approached him several

Stop by for an ARC of The
years ago about writing his
autobiography, Cena says
that he didn’t want to write a
story that is still unfolding.
Friendship Lie by Rebecca Donnelly,
But he eventually found a
a story of friendship, growing up,
book idea that he did want
and being true to yourself.
to roll with. “I decided to
write something for the
demographic audience I reach through WWF, which is families and chil-
dren,” he says. “I wanted to create a story that would take the qualities and
values I stand for and put them in a whimsical universe.”
Cena’s memories of reading in childhood helped shape that story. “I loved

10:00- Richard Scarry’s books as a kid. And they were definitely an inspiration for
the character of Elbow Grease,” he says. “Cars and Trucks and Things That
Go was a particular favorite. With his brilliant illustrations of vehicles, from

Get a signed copy of Pink Hair and
small cars to big machinery, Scarry was able to create such an intimate and
fun universe.”
For Cena, the character Elbow Grease embodies what he wants young
readers and their parents to take away from his books. “In many ways,” he
Other Terrible Ideas by Andrea
says, “I’m stealing a page from my childhood and my adult life when I
Pyros. Can Josephine rethink
priorities when it matters most?
emphasize, in these stories, the importance of believing in yourself, team-
work, and never giving up.”
As for BookExpo, where he is appearing for the first time, Cena says, “I
wouldn’t be here if it didn’t mean something to me, but it really does. I am
passionate about these characters’ stories and their message. I hope peo-
ple realize that my voice is authentic—and that I really care.” —Sally Lodge

booth #938 Today, 12:50–1:30 p.m. John Cena will appear in “John Cena Presents,”
on the Downtown Stage.
Today, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Cena will sign at Table 3 in a ticketed event.
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“God Land is a marvel. . . . “God Land is a remarkable work

It will expand your horizons of reporting, memoir, and cultural
on what this country offers and criticism—a blazingly intelligent
who inhabits it, and why we’re book exploring the ways that
better off journeying together, faith can both create and scatter
rather than apart.” communities in America.”
—Sarah Weinman, author of The Real Lolita —Ted Scheinman, author of Camp Austen

Explore Your World

Much A-Buzz About Middle Grade

Middle grade authors and editors will have a chance to shine today at the cat robot who unlocks for her a place at an elite
Meet Middle Grade Buzz Authors and the Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz pan- STEM-focused academy. This is the first book
els, both moderated by Emily Hall of Main Street Books in St. Charles, Mo. I’ve written for actual middle school me—the sci-
ence fair competitor who taught herself how to
Rex Ogle, author of Free Lunch (Norton Young Readers, code. I’m looking forward to talking about how
Sept.), and publishing director Simon Boughton important I feel it is for young women interested
Rex: Free Lunch is my personal story about attending middle school, navi- in STEM fields to see themselves centered in fun
gating violence at home, and experiencing poverty in nearly every aspect of and action-packed fiction.
my life. I don’t know that I was inspired, so much Annie: As soon as I started reading Jinxed, I
as compelled by my younger self, to write it. As a knew I had something special. I loved that the heroine was incredibly smart
boy, I desperately needed a book that spoke to my and brave. I loved the idea of electronic companions. And I loved the com-
experience, but was hard-pressed to find one. As petitive school Lacey found herself in, challenging herself, making friends,
an adult, and a writer, I was too ashamed to tell and competing in STEM-focused activities.
my story, still haunted by old insecurities. Even-
tually, I came around, and I’m glad I did. Ibi Zoboi, author of My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich
Simon: What I love most about Rex’s book is the (Dutton, Aug.), and executive editor Andrew Karre
voice: it’s authentically the voice and point of Ibi: In my novel, 12-year-old Ebony-Grace leaves her Alabama home to stay
view of a sixth grader—worldly in some ways, with her father in Harlem during the summer of 1984. She is obsessed with
naïve in others, yearning for care and affection, all things space travel and science fiction, fueled by her NASA engineer
optimistic and hopeful despite the worst of cir- grandfather’s stories. She finds fresh fodder for her space adventures in all
cumstances. Rex is a wonderful storyteller, and I want to shine a light on this the otherworldliness that Harlem has to offer. But when her worlds of sci-fi
book that’s valuable, unusual, and a compelling read. adventures, her granddaddy’s legacy, and the fledgling hip-hop scene all
collide, she’s left to pick up the pieces.
Amy McCulloch, author of Jinxed (Sourcebooks Young I wanted to share my experiences of growing up in a time and place that
Readers, Jan. 2020), and senior editor Annie Berger was very broken and disenfranchised, but brimming with innovation and
Amy: Jinxed is the story of aspiring engineer Lacey Chu, who fixes a broken creativity.

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Andrew: It was Ibi and her passion for the idea

that grabbed my attention. She had a vision for Carolyn Crimi, author of Weird Little
placing a very special, very vivid character in a Robots, illus. by Corinna Luyken
fascinating place and time in America. Ibi is a (Candlewick, Oct.), and executive
special talent and an important voice in chil- editor Katie Cunningham
dren’s lit. This is her first middle grade novel and Carolyn: Penny Rose creates robots out of old
it’s the very first middle grade novel I bought at phones, dentures, and meat thermometers to
Penguin. We’ve worked on this book for a long keep her company, but still dreams of having a
time, and we’re thrilled to talk about it. best friend. She then meets Lark, a fellow tink­
erer. When the two of them discover that the
Bridget Farr, author of Pavi Sharma’s robots are alive, Penny Rose doesn’t think her
Guide to Going Home (Little, Brown, life can get much better. But then she’s asked
Sept.), and editor Nikki Garcia to join the Secret Science Society and is forced to choose
Bridget: My novel follows foster kid Pavi Sharma as she sets off between Lark and the cool society members, who are a lit-
on an important mission to save a fellow foster kid from the tle too curious about her robots. When I was young, I owned
home that still haunts her nightmares. Pavi was inspired by my robot toys and often daydreamed about them coming to life.
partner, who also spent time in foster care. He’s been on his Katie: Weird Little Robots sang to the eight-year-old inside of
own since he was Pavi’s age, went to college at 16, and created me. I couldn’t stop reading to see what would happen to
a great life for himself. I wanted to write a book where being a Penny Rose and Lark and their merry, wacky band of sentient
foster kid was part of the protagonist’s identity, but not the robots. Carolyn delivers so much in such a compact package—
focus of the story. Pavi’s history with foster care saturates her the tension between believing in science and believing in
experience, but her mission now is to help other foster kids. magic, the hunger for friendship and popularity, and how it is
Nikki: Bridget’s novel won me over with Pavi’s spot-on voice never too late to do the right thing.  —Sally Lodge
that made me fall in love from the very first page. I happily stayed up late to
find out what happened to Pavi and her ragtag group of friends. Although Today, 11–11:50 a.m. The Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz panel will take
place in Room 1E12/E13/E14.
Bridget has created a novel about a topic as specific as foster care, I know
Today, 1:35–2:05 p.m. The Meet the Middle Grade Buzz Authors panel
that all readers, no matter their background, will find something to relate will be held on the Downtown Stage.
to in this one-of-a-kind novel.


9:0 0 9:0 0 9:30 1 1:4



Spotlight on Picture Books

What promises to be a picture-perfect annual BookExpo event makes its as varying the color range or the
debut today. During the “New Picture Book Showcase,” eight authors and book format,” she says. “The tale of
illustrators will share their most recent contributions to the genre in a animals seeking shade on a hot
panel moderated by Sarah Enni, host of the First Draft podcast. summer day inspired me to design
Show Daily caught up with a trio of panelists, including David Shannon, overlapping pages in the middle
who says that Mr. Nogginbody Gets a Hammer (Norton Books for Young section of the book to let the read-
Readers, Sept.) “started out as a doodle in my sketchbook. I was really just ers discover the owners of the dif-
playing around with goofy little characters and he tickled my funny bone.” ferent shadows, which let the
Once Shannon found the right setting for Mr. Nogginbody—“I pictured him shadows become part of the story.”
in an odd little world where not everything had to make perfect sense”—he Introducing Summer to American
started looking for a story. “The saying, ‘If all you have is a hammer, then booksellers and readers, Rong
every problem looks like a nail,’ was something I’d run across earlier and continues, “is very special to me.
seemed like it might work,” Shannon adds. It is exciting to have an opportu-
The book turned out to be a “pretty significant departure” from Shannon’s nity to share a book that has
earlier work, which tends to be more structured, with pencil and tracing been such a success in China with
paper and planning. By contrast, Shannon says, “This book evolved in my a whole new market here in the
sketchbook in pen and ink, and I really liked the sketchy immediacy of the U.S. China has imported a large
drawings. So I decided to have them photographed and printed and number of children’s books from
then added some minimal color with oil paint on the prints.” It all the U.S. in recent years, and Chi-
resulted, he notes, in “what might be the most enjoyment I’ve ever had nese publishing houses are also
making a book.” working hard and rapidly to make
Chinese illustrator Yu Rong, a newcomer to BookExpo, and to the U.S., original Chinese picture books.
is promoting Summer (Imprint, May), her second collaboration with Cao It is an essential way to exchange
Wenxuan, one of China’s most popular children’s authors. “It is a really fun different cultures and diversity
story that allowed me to explore the full breadth of my illustrations, such of life.”

Author Signings in Booth 1823!

9:30 – 10:15am
Teresa Sorkin &
Tullan Holmqvist


The Woman in the Park

10:30 – 11:15am
Scott Ryan, David Bushman,
Mya McBriar, Melanie
McFarland, and Lauren Fox
The Women of David Lynch

11:30am – 12:15pm MICHAEL GENHART

Maryann Macdonald
Playdate Rainbow
Signing: 10:00-11:00AM
Daniel Nayeri
The Elixer Fixers:
Sasha and Puck and
the Potion of Luck

12:30 – 1:15pm
Komal Kapoor, Caitlyn Siehl,
and Wilder
[Dis]Connected: Poems and
Stories of Connection and
Otherwise Volume 2 FRANK SILEO
1:30 – 2:15am
Snitchy Witch
Charley Beal & Signing: 1:00-2:00PM
Jay Blotcher
Rainbow Warrior:
My Life in Color

Independent Publishers Group
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019

Mac Barnett (Just Because, Candlewick, Sept.) says that,

for him, the picture book has always been “the most import-
ant format to work in [and] the most exciting and most vital
creative space.” Adding to the genre’s value, he says, is the
“generational connection. Since picture books are read by
children and adults together, they are a common ground
and are so important in family rituals. And in no other
format do you see the same sophistication, creative rich-
ness, and tradition of experimentation.” This first “New
Picture Book Showcase,” Barnett adds, “recognizes the
growing importance of picture books in children’s publish-
ing—as well as all the exciting work going on in the picture
book world.”
Additional panelists include
Isabelle Arsenault, coauthor
with Barnett of Just Because;
Matt Tavares, Dasher (Can-
dlewick, Sept.); Beth Ferry,
The Scarecrow (HarperCollins,
Sept.); Holly McGhee, Listen
(Roaring Brook, Sept.); and
Tom Fletcher, There’s an Elf
in Your Book (Random, Oct.).
 —Sally Lodge

Today, 9:30–10:15 a.m.

The “New Picture Book
Showcase” will be on the
Choice Stage.


Bob Shea and Zachariah
‘Who Wet My Pants?’
“Who wet my pants?” shouts mortified Reu-
ben the bear when he realizes his friends are
staring at the telling wet spot on his own
pants. Reuben’s sham question became the
title of a picture book by Bob Shea and
Zachariah OHora, who talk about collabo-
rating on Who Wet My Pants? (Little, Brown,
Bob Shea
Sept.), a tale of blame, empathy, and

What inspired you to tackle this universal

childhood experience in a book?
B.S.: On a school visit, a literary specialist
told me about a boy who had an accident in
his pants. When she asked him if he’d pooped,
he denied it repeatedly, insisting, “I really
don’t know who it could have been—it’s a
mystery.” I thought that this was such a hilar-
ious lie in the face of an obvious fact, which
inspired my story. But I made it about wet- Zachariah OHora
ting rather than soiling one’s pants. This is
not a potty book. Reuben’s accident is
the catalyst, but the story is really about
embarrassment and saving face—which
his friends let him do. No one calls him
out and says he has to come clean. I
wanted to make the point that sometimes
friends’ compassion is the saving grace.

How did Zach become involved?

B.S.: Zach and I met years ago through a
mutual friend, Greg Pizzoli, and discov-
ered we shared the same sense of humor.
We talked about doing a book, thinking
it would give us an excuse to spend time
together. When I wrote this story, I thought of Zach right away. I didn’t want
the book to be too flip, and I knew he would bring a sophistication to the
story. His illustrations took it to a new level.
Z.O.: Earlier, Bob and I had tossed around some ideas that didn’t pan out,
but seeing this manuscript, I said, “Oh yeah, this is the one”—even though
it was a messy situation. When I started painting Reuben, I knew I would
have done the whole book for free.

Any chance of a sequel or other future collaborations?

Z.O.: I would sign on the dotted line in a blink—whatever it takes to keep
working with Bob. But in terms of a sequel—I have no interest in doing a
book about number two.
B.S.: Definitely not an option. We’re going on tour for Who Wet My Pants?
and I expect we’ll come up with some brilliant book ideas in hotel bars.
 —Sally Lodge

Today, noon–12:30 p.m. Bob Shea and Zachariah OHora will sign f&gs
at Table 3.
Today, 1–2 p.m. Shea will be at the ABC/CBC Speed Dating Tea, in
Rooms 1E07/1E08.
The Life of a Wannabe Mogul
Mental Disarray
a book by Bella Thorne

The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray,

Bella Thorne’s collection of illuminating
and inspiring poems chronicles her
personal struggles, relationships, and
wild-child lifestyle, all with her
trademark wit and wisdom.

JULY 2019

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Susannah Cahalan
Unscientific Method

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What do you do when one of your
idols turns out to be a fake? How do
you reconcile his influence on you, and

on the world, with his dishonesty?
These questions drive journalist
Susannah Cahalan’s forthcoming book
The Great Pretender (Grand Central,
Nov.), which centers on David Rosen-
han, a Stanford psychologist whose
reform-spurring research into insane

READERS asylums may not have been as scrupu-

lous as it should have been.
Cahalan, a former reporter for the
We have our eye on worldwide New York Post, has a personal invest-
ment in studies of mental illness. Her
fashion centers, specializing in first book, Brain on Fire (Simon &
Italian design elements. Schuster, 2013), chronicled her experience

Our finished product is elegant with a rare autoimmune disease that was
first misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder.
to see as well as be seen in. When she encountered Rosenhan’s classic
study, “On Being Sane in Insane Places,”
she found that it reflected her own experi-
ence of crossing the border between “sane”
and “insane.”
For the study, which was published in the
early 1970s, Rosenhan and seven other
people got themselves admitted to insane
asylums by faking symptoms of mental ill-
ness. Their reports on their experiences in
the asylums—and their struggles to prove
themselves “sane” enough to be let out—
shed unflattering light on how caretakers treated the mentally ill and has-
tened the closure of psychiatric institutions.
For Cahalan, the study captured the particular trauma of being labeled
“insane,” even if only temporarily. She says, “This feeling of depersonaliza-
tion, this feeling of doctors wanting to distance themselves from you, feeling
‘other,’ ” all of which resonated with her. But when she began to look into the
story behind the study, which was originally published in the journal Science,

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she found troubling inconsistencies.
Cahalan gained access to Rosenhan’s files, as well as medical records from
the insane asylums he studied. She also interviewed study participants who’d
SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR ABA MEMBERS never spoken publicly about the experiment. (Rosenhan himself died in
& INDIE BOOKSTORES 2012.) Eventually, Cahalan began to suspect that portions of the study had
been fudged. “The questions kept coming,” she says.
Cahalan found it difficult to square the positive effects of the study with its
scientific shakiness. Rosenhan exposed widespread maltreatment of men-
tally ill patients and inspired soul-searching in the psychiatric community.
Should his mendacities necessarily negate that?
In Ken Kesey’s classic insane-asylum novel, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s
Nest, he writes: “It’s the truth even if it didn’t happen.” It’s a line Cahalan
returned to often while writing the new book.“There’s something about that,
that I like,” she said. “Even though this study needs a kind of reckoning, I do
believe it has a message.” —Daniel V. Lefferts
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Broadening the
The notion of “Giving a Voice to the

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Voiceless” lends itself to a range of
interpretations. At today’s stage

event of the same name, a range of
authors and illustrators will talk

about how that guided them in their
most recent books.
Panelist Sharon Robinson, daugh-
ter of baseball legend Jackie Robin-

son and author most recently of Child
of the Dream: A Memoir of 1963
(Scholastic Press, Sept.), shares her
13-year-old perspective on key events
of that year, including her family’s
participation in the March on Wash-
ington as guests of Dr. Martin Luther Business.
King Jr. The story behind Dr. King’s “I
Have a Dream” speech, delivered during that march, inspired Barry Witten- Club.
stein’s picture book A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and a Speech
That Changed the World (Holiday House/Porter, Sept.), illus. by panelist
Jerry Pinkney.
King indefatigably used his voice in the service of the voiceless, notes
Pinkney, calling the activist “the voice of the civil rights movement in its early Hold your meetings
chapters, and his country’s trumpeter for social justice.” While working on
A Place to Land, the illustrator adds, “I became aware of the many voices away from the crowd,
MLK had used to express his message. His tone could be angry, direct, get in touch with key
hopeful, and positive, but he always spoke with a humbled elegance.
Through the process of creating the images for this book, I sought to visu- players, and benefit
ally interpret Dr. King’s vulnerability and courage, his profound concern
alongside his vision of unflappable hope. It changed my own lens in viewing
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seeking equality and justice.” Business Club.
Stephana I. Colbert, author
of Ordinary Extraordinary Afri-
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Elders (Jewell Jordan Publish-
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panel, moderated by Miranda
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“Giving a voice to the voiceless is so key,” Spigener-Sapon says, “because
everyone deserves a chance to be heard, and I want to contribute in any
way possible to ensure that we apply inclusivity to society.” Without the
books the panelists have created, she continues, “We might never get to
learn these stories—and there are so many more out there. I’m a strong
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Today, 9:30–10:30 a.m. Barry Wittenstein and Jerry Pinkney will sign A
Place to Land at Table 10.
Today, 2:15–3 p.m. The “Giving a Voice to the Voiceless” panel takes
place on the Downtown Stage.


NYRF: Secrets of Bestselling Translations

Three agents and an editor shared strategies for creating global best- Stressing the importance of a great translator behind every blockbuster
sellers at the New York Rights Fair Wednesday, reminding attendees that translation, moderator Gabriella Page-Fort, editorial director at Amazon
books in translation can earn a massive readership, even though these Crossing, said, “I spend a lot of time trying to find the right translator for
titles only make up 3% of books published in the United States. books.” She studies a translator’s track record carefully to find the right fit.
“You just need a great book,” said Barbara Zitwer, owner of the Barbara J. “It’s very difficult when you don’t speak the language to decide if someone
Zitwer Agency, explaining how she sold The Plotters by Un-su Kim in 22 is good, and there’s been controversy around what makes a translation
different countries. “But finding a book is like finding a needle in a haystack.” good,” she added.
Zitwer stressed that the success of The Plotters depended on 12 years of Marleen Seegers, cofounder, CEO, and foreign rights agent at 2 Seas
working with Korean books in translation and building a groundswell of Agency, underscored the importance of translated literature in the global
support for Korean literature. rights marketplace. “International editors and scouts have been looking
Atria Books v-p and editor-in-chief Peter Borland discovered A Man Called more and more toward what will be published in other languages besides
Ove by Fredrik Backman through a 10,000-word partial English translation. English,” she said. Using a “tiny” 500-word English synopsis of The Children’s
The English-language hardcover began with a modest release, but Atria’s Train by Italian novelist Viola Ardone, about a talented violinist who emerges
in-house publicity and sales team propelled the paperback to bestseller from the crucible of WWII, she sold the book in 24 international territories
status with funny video guides to the then-unknown book, extensive book at the Frankfurt Book Fair. “The fiction that has been selling is often rooted
blogger outreach, and independent bookseller support. “From day one, in history and based on historical facts. People seem drawn to that now
the book flew off the shelves at indies,” he said. “Word-of-mouth is the one more than ever,” Seegers said. “Hopefully, things will have a good ending,
thing we know that sells books. With A Man Called Ove, we created an like this book. People want to be hopeful.”  —Jason Boog
opportunity for that word-of-mouth to take root.”
Claire Sabatie-Garat, a literary agent at the Italian Literary Agency, shared
the story behind the hit M: The Son of the XX Century by Antonio Scurati.
Although an 800-page novel about the life of Benito Mussolini may seem New York Rights
unlikely to become a bestseller, it has sold more than 160,000 copies in
Italy, and the rights have sold in more than 28 countries. “No facts were Fair Program
invented. Only feelings were invented,” said Sabatie-Garat, who credited
Scurati’s careful scholarship for the book’s success. Market Trends—Frontlist Adult Fiction
9:30–10:15 a.m.
F R I D AY, M AY 3 1 So-called “girl” books, from Gone Girl to Girl on the Train,
have been a major trend in frontlist fiction. Has this finally
In-Booth Signing: Annie Hwang (moderator), literary agent, Folio Literary


Amy Einhorn, executive v-p and publisher, Flatiron Books;
at Norton’s Booth #1521 Dorian Karchmar, partner and agent, William Morris
Annie Hwang
Sally Kim, v-p, editor-in-chief, Putnam.

Market Trends—Middle Grade and YA

10:00 AM 10:45–11:30 a.m.
In recent years, YA and middle grade titles have mostly
James Poniewozik will
be signing galleys of been blockbuster franchises. What’s next?
Audience of One Amy Gordon (moderator), v-p, children’s and YA literary
scout, Bettina Schrewe Literary Scouting;
Stacey Barney, executive director, Penguin Random
Jenny Bent
Jenny Bent, president, the Bent Agency;
GALLEY GIVEAWAYS David Levithan, v-p, publisher and editorial director,
Stop by to grab a galley while supplies last! Scholastic;
Rosemary Stimola, president and founder, Stimola Lit-
erary Studio.

Market Trends—Nonfiction, Politics

Noon–12:45 p.m.
Politics may be dividing much of the country, but it’s
Eric Nelson
proven a boon for the book industry. Do political book
The Accusation The In-Betweens sales show any sign of cooling off?
Edward Berenson
BY BY Mira Ptacin Jaya Aninda Chatterjee (moderator), editor, Yale University Press;
Eric Nelson, v-p, editorial director, Broadside Books;
Rafe Sagalyn, partner, ICM Partners;
Keith Urbahn, founding partner and president, Javelin;
Paul Whitlatch, executive editor, Hachette Book Group. 36

Shining a Light on Graphic Novels

for Kids
Three out of four of this year’s graphic novel buzz selections are aimed at
middle grade and teen readers. “For the past five to 10 years, there have
been strong YA and middle grade graphic novel offerings, and it continues,”
says PW senior news editor Calvin Reid, coeditor of PW Comics World,
who is moderating this year’s “Graphic Novel Spotlight.”
Below are his personal kids’ standouts for the fall.

Stage Dreams by Melanie

Gillman (Graphic
Universe, Sept.)
Flor, a Latinx outlaw, and Grace,
a trans runaway, share a horse,
plans for a heist, and a few kisses
in a rip-roaring queer western The Seventh Voyage by
spy romp set in 1860s New Jon J Muth (Graphix, Oct.)
Mexico. Ages 12–up. This is a graphic adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s short story about an
astronaut in a damaged spaceship that travels so fast it collects past and
future (young and old) versions of himself who bicker over how to repair
the ship. Ages 8–12.

ye rin mok
Stargazing by Jen
Wang (First Second,
In this story of two young
Chinese-American friends—
impulsive, artistic Moon and
her opposite, Christine—
Moon’s sudden illness puts
their friendship to the test.
Ages 8–12. —Judith Rosen

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Spotlight” on the Choice Stage.

Chris Ware Bassey Ikpi
Achingly Real Comics Facing the Truth
Chris Ware’s comics look almost mechani- “There are whole chunks of my life that I don’t remember because all of my

marnie ware
cal, with their smoothly drawn lines and bandwidth and emotions were devoted to just existing,” recalls Bassey Ikpi,
flat areas of color, but the characters that author of I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying (Harper, Aug.). Ikpi’s memoir, a

inhabit them are achingly real. “I want collection of candid essays that fuse poetry and stream of consciousness,
[the drawings] to be as clear and readable illuminates the Nigerian-American writer’s struggles with bipolar II disorder.
as possible so the story can be as tangled But she wasn’t always eager to share, in unflinching, accurate detail, her
and uncertain as life and experience seem everyday turmoil. “The hardest

aniekan umoren
to be,” he says of Rusty Brown, the comic thing I’ve ever done is give the
he has been working on for the past 18 book permission to be what it

years. Pantheon will publish the first of needed to be,” she adds.
two volumes in September. Her first attempt at the memoir
Ware began serializing his comics in his felt wrong to her from the get-go,
college newspaper, the Daily Texan, at and Ikpi thought it necessary to
the University of Texas at Austin, and later lie about the problems she faced
was a contributor to Raw, the comics in her life. She couldn’t “acknowl-
magazine edited by edge what was really going on.”
Françoise Mouly and her Then, a few years ago, when she
husband, Maus creator Art was in a deep crisis, tired of fight-
Spiegelman. He launched his ing the darkness that kept return-
comics series, The Acme ing and tired of not being able to
Novelty Library, in 1993. say, “I’m not okay,” Ikpi was finally
Both Jimmy Corrigan, his ready to reveal the unvarnished
first graphic novel, and truth. This time, the words rushed
Rusty Brown first appeared out of her, leading to the book that
as part of the Acme Novelty had been germinating for almost
Library series before being 20 years.
published as books (the new Instead of relating a clinical
edition of Rusty Brown will include previously account of bipolar II disorder, Ikpi embraced a more intimate approach. “I
unpublished material). Building Stories, which collects 14 different wanted to tell it from within the diagnosis, within the depression, within the
comics printed in a variety of formats that together tell a single story, is one grief. I didn’t want people to attach themselves to my diagnosis, but to what
of Ware’s most unusual works and also got its start in the Novelty Library. was happening to me,” she explains.
When published as a book in 2012, it was named a Top 10 Book of the Year Ikpi has appeared on HBO’s Def
by the New York Times Book Review. Poetry Jam and has been part of the
After finishing Jimmy Corrigan, Ware says that he started Rusty Brown as Tony Award–winning Broadway show’s
“a humorous tension reliever.” He adds, “It had vague ambitions of being a touring company.“I got onstage and
shortish origin story about a middle-aged toy collector I’d been drawing for did what I needed to do, but no one
a couple of years, both as a parody of American materialism and infantilism saw the terror and will it took,” she
and my own participation therein.” As he wrote it, though, it morphed into a says. That’s why even mundane rou-
much bigger story about the toy collector’s childhood and what Ware tines—sleeping, bodega runs—are
describes as “the three-dimensional framework of the characters who sur- given prominence in the book,
round and form him.” exposing how the bipolar disorder
Ware sees comics as akin to mental images, like memories. “In regular fic- permeates her life.
tion, printed words on the page are translucent, if not transparent,” he says, In addition to her writing, Ikpi is a
“creating images in the reader’s imagination—which is, by far, one of the mental health advocate who founded
strangest and most unpinnable phenomena there is. Whereas in comics the the Siwe Project and #NoShameDay
reader ideally ‘reads,’ or sees through, the drawings to have the simultane- for awareness in the black community
ous sensation of something happening not only in their own minds, but also and to help alleviate entrenched
before their eyes.” stigmas. The book, then, is also a
At their heart, though, Ware’s comics are not formal exercises but stories bold extension of that educational platform.
about people. “What’s most compelling to me as a writer and a person is “The way we are taught to write about ourselves and the way we actu-
how we become who we are,” Ware says. “How do we go from that kid on ally live our lives are so different,” she says. “Sometimes you are just within
the playground who made that weird animal sound whenever he caught a yourself, without understanding what’s going on around you. Being open
ball to being a mixed-use real estate developer?” —Brigid Alverson gives me a greater responsibility for my wellness. It allows me the room to
find things to be better for.”  —Alia Akkam
Today, 10:20–11:05 a.m. Chris Ware will participate in the “Graphic
Novel Spotlight” on the Choice Stage. Today, 2–2:30 p.m. Bassey Ikpi signs at Table 9.
November 17-24, 2019

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Alafair Burke Cadwell Turnbull
Mixing Thrillers and Family Learning ‘The Lesson’
Today marks the final stop on Alafair In his intimate debut novel, which received a starred review from PW, Cad-
Burke’s 15-city tour for her new well Turnbull depicts the shattering aftereffects of an alien race’s arrival on
novel, The Better Sister (Harper), Earth—specifically, their appearance in the skies over his native St.
about two estranged sisters, Chloe Thomas. Already optioned for television by AMC, The Lesson (Blackstone,
and Nicky, who each marry the same June) is, in part, Turnbull’s attempt to make sense of the complicated his-
man. When high-powered Manhat- tory and consequences of colonization in his native Virgin Islands.
tan attorney Adam McIntosh (Chloe’s “I think the big thing that I want people to take away from the book is
current and Nicky’s former husband) that cycles repeat themselves,” Turnbull says. “When we traumatize peo-
is murdered at his East Hampton ple, we’re not just giving them trauma in the moment, we’re giving them
beach house, they join forces to save something that they will pass on.”
the teenage boy accused of killing In The Lesson,

anju manandhar
him. trauma results, in
“It’s the first time that I’ve written a part, from how the
book with two main characters,” says Ynaa (Turnbull’s
Burke. “And anyone who has a sibling alien race, pro-
will recognize that little line between nounced “ee-nah”)
loyalty and rivalry.” She sees The Bet-
ter Sister as making up a thematic Anyone see humans—as infe-
riors, not equals. The
trilogy with two earlier novels, The Ex
and The Wife. “They all explore the who sole exception to that
rule is Mera, the Ynaa
roles a woman has to play—daughter,
wife, sister—even as they try and have has a sibling emissary and healer
who hides among the
their own lives,” Burke says.
For The Better Sister, Burke chose will recognize peoples of the Carib-
bean for centuries
the Met Gala, one of New York’s most
glamorous events, for one of its early that little line before making herself
known. Here, too,
scenes. Although she’s never attended
the event, she has an unexpected con- between Turnbull drew on the
history of the region to
nection—her husband does security
management at the Metropolitan loyalty and flesh out his narrative.

Museum of Art. “I kind of live vicari-

ously through him the night of the gala. rivalry.” “I knew very early on I wanted the
I’m always texting him, asking who’s Ynaa to be on the island a long
there, what are they wearing, and time,” Turnbull says. “So if Mera
threatening to sneak in,” she says. would be there for 300 years, she
As a professor of criminal law and would acquire legends around her-
criminal procedure at Hofstra Univer- self. It made sense to me that an
sity and a former prosecutor, Burke alien with the ability to heal people
says, “People always expect my books would be connected to native
to be highly procedural and filled with mythology, to stories that people
technical detail. But I don’t just write considered fantastic.”
about lawyers and police officers, I The science underlying Mera’s
write about families. My novels aren’t healing ability—indeed, the entirety
courtroom thrillers, they’re stories of Ynaa technology—was not drawn
about the unknowables families face— from Caribbean mythology, however,
what happens when the police come to but firmly rooted in research. “I tried
your door and what will the trial judge my best to have some scientific back-
be like? Drama doesn’t come from the ing. I did a lot of reading about can-
technical.” cer cells—like if there’s an answer to immortality on this planet, what would
As the author of 18 novels, Burke it look like—but when I was trying to write it, I wanted it to seem as far out
may be a book tour veteran, but she admits, “[I’m] still terrified before I there from the human perspective as possible.” Turnbull laughs. “It was
walk into a store that no one will show up.” And in the unlikely event that one of those things, I thought I have to do this. It’s going to be cool and ter-
the crowd is small, she says that she’s “always so grateful to the bookseller rifying.”  —Dave Stern
who manages to convince me it’s because of the weather.” —Lucinda Dyer
Today, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Cadwell Turbull will sign at the Blackstone
Today, 10–11 a.m. Alafair Burke will do a ticketed signing at Table 2. booth (1411).
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Joe Hill Sarah MacLean
Going ‘Full Throttle’ The Need for a Brazen Heroine
With the release of the short story collection Full Throttle (Morrow, Oct.),
Joe Hill is poised to return to the style that launched his career—in a par-
ticularly big way. The story “In the Tall Grass,” one of two collected here
that he co-wrote with his father, Stephen King, is the basis for a feature film
from Netflix.
For a writer who can’t help
joe hill

thinking in stories, Hill’s own


seems as unlikely as any he’s ever

concocted. In 2004, he was, in his
own words, “a failed novelist. I’d
written a number of books I was
unable to sell and for good rea-
son. Some had strong facets, but
none were the complete package.
I hadn’t really figured out how to
write a novel, but I had figured
out how to write a short story.”
When U.K.-based PS Publishing
expressed interest in Hill’s story Bestselling romance writer Sarah MacLean has long been a maverick,
“Pop Art,” he persuaded them to and her most recent series, the Bareknuckle Bastards, does not disappoint.
look at his other stories, which Unlike most historical romance writers, who focus on the aristocracy,
resulted in 20th Century Ghosts. MacLean turns her attention to the less privileged in the second book in
Published in 2005, the book won the the series, Brazen and the Beast (Avon, July).
Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction “Because I live in 2019 America, I wanted to write about a separate
Collection. “To this day that was my world from ballrooms and beautiful dresses and the nobility,” MacLean
luckiest break as a writer,” says Hill. says. “I’m really interested in talking about the people who make the
On the strength of that book, he world work, rather than those who own the world. I got interested in
pitched Heart-Shaped Box to Morrow Covent Garden, which in the 1830s was a terrible neighborhood in
in 2007, which launched a career London. It was where the working class and lower class lived. I created
that has spawned a handful of novels siblings—two brothers and their sister—and the three of them together
and novellas, including NOS4A2 are the Bareknuckle Bastards. They’ve pulled themselves up from the gut-
(2013) and Strange Weather (2017), ter in London to run a crime ring.”
along with a six-volume Eisner One of them, Whit (known as “Beast” to readers), is featured in her
Award–winning comic book series, new book alongside Hattie, who is anything but a typical romance heroine.
Locke & Key. “I wanted to write a heroine who is comfortable in her body, but doesn’t
All the while, Hill kept writing stories, look perfect—the way that the world tells us to look,” says MacLean. “The
sometimes with his father. Although value of doing this in a romance novel is that I can give a plus-size woman
Hill took steps early in his career to her happiness and a way to triumph. When you set a marginalized char-
conceal his relationship to King, acter on the page—and other authors are doing this with all different
including taking a pen name, since he has established his own career, he kinds of marginalized people—suddenly it becomes subversive and
has been more open to acknowledging the family connection. revolutionary to give people happiness who are traditionally judged
“I kind of wanted to tackle that head-on,” says Hill, who talks about the harshly in society.”
influence his parents had on his writing in the introduction to Full Throttle. MacLean champions romance writers and has a great metaphor for those
“When I write with my dad, I feel like Wile E. Coyote sitting on one of those who think the genre is just the same story told over and over again. “It’s
rockets,” Hill says, laughing. “He’s so confident, and every sentence seems like ballet in a phone booth—in fact, all genre fiction is like ballet in a phone
to drop perfectly in the first draft.” booth,” she says. “Yes, there are the rigid boundaries. But once you’re
Confidence is on Hill’s mind. “A book of short stories is in some ways inside those boundaries, your work is to try to make it fresh and different.
more revealing about an author than a novel, because a short story tells And that requires an immense amount of skill.”
you more where an author’s enthusiasm is. It tells you where they live As a BookExpo veteran, MacLean says that there’s nothing like the show.
most of the time,” says Hill. “You end up feeling really hopeful about publishing and reading in general,
With a TV series based on NOS4A2 slated for release on AMC in June, because everyone here is so committed—the librarians, the booksellers,
and a stack of published titles on the shelf, he’s ready for that revealing the people in publishing who you meet when you’re there as an author. And
moment, and for Full Throttle to go out into the world. —Alex Green they make you feel like a rock star.” —Hilary S. Kayle

Today, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Joe Hill will do a ticketed signing at Table 4. Today, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sarah MacLean will sign ARCs at a ticket-
ed signing at Table 2.

Read On

Jasmine Guillory Michael Koryta
From the Bar to the Party Locked-in
Tara Beckley is hurrying to drive her passenger to campus in time for his lec-

andrea scher
ture at the liberal arts college in rural Maine where she is a student. He
demands that she take a detour, takes out his phone, and asks her to pose
© for a photograph. He hands her the phone. Moments later, he is killed in a
freak accident, which knocks Tara into the river and an apparent coma. It
turns out Tara is fully alert, but unable to move a muscle or express herself.
She has locked-in syndrome. In If She Wakes (Little, Brown, May), Michael
Koryta, a former private investigator and newspaper reporter, uses every
detail of this short journey to build a suspenseful story.
Koryta says that he was influenced by books and movies to write the
detective and ghost stories, as well as family and survival dramas, for which
he is known. “I grew up watching old films with my film noir fan father. As a
teenager I read Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, and Stephen King,” he
The romance genre is undergoing a vibrant Unlike some writers, Koryta, who has written more than a dozen novels,
revival with a host of new authors who reso- prefers writing standalone books. “I don’t want to write one type of book,”
nate with a far more culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse readership he says. “There is an exuberant feeling of meeting a new cast, as I begin
than in past decades. At the vanguard of this revival is Jasmine Guillory, each book.” As for the Maine setting of If She Wakes, he says that he
who until very recently was a lawyer by day and bestselling author by night. wanted to root the book in real situations. “I live part of the year in Camden,
Now she’s the latter 24/7. and the drive from Maine to Boston is very familiar to me.”
Whether it’s because of her Wellesley College and Stanford Law School When Koryta was researching locked-in syndrome, a rare neurological dis-
pedigree, or simply because she writes great books, Guillory is commanding order, he was drawn to how it is diagnosed. One way involves showing vic-
some serious attention. Her January 2018 debut, The Wedding Date, tims a short Hitchcock movie while they are inside the scanner for an MRI.
smashed onto bestseller lists and won praise from the likes of the Washing- “The connection becomes obvious,” says Koryta. “When I was revising the
ton Post, the Associated Press, and NPR. Her second book, The Proposal initial draft of the book, I realized that an unintended relevance of the story
(also in 2018), won her a feature in the Atlantic and the attention of Reese [and locked-in syndrome] is that it reflects what is happening to so many of
Witherspoon, who made it the February 2019 pick for her book club. us. We are bombarded with threats that we don’t feel able to affect, and we
Now comes her third, The Wedding Party (Berkley, July). Only a few years suffer from a voicelessness. Even with the availability of social media, we
ago, Guillory didn’t know whether she would ever get her first novel pub- have a hard time feeling that we are heard.”
lished, but she did have a vision for Maddie and Theo, two characters from Koryta enjoys attending BookExpo. “The work of writing is isolated,” he
that book. “What I initially thought would happen with those two when I wrote says. “BookExpo connects every facet of the publishing industry, and meet-
The Wedding Date changed when I actually wrote them into a particular scene. ing readers is exciting. When I came when The Prophet appeared [in 2012],
I knew their backstory and I knew that I wanted to write a book about them.” that was the first time that I was in a room with people who had read some-
And now they are the major players in her third novel. thing I had written.” —Jeremy Solomons
All three books are interrelated, as characters in one book show up in the
others. Alexa, a main character in the author’s debut, takes a backseat to her Today, 10–10:30 a.m. Michael Koryta will sign at Table 5.
friends in this latest one. “One of the things that really weaves throughout
this book and my other books is friendship,” Guillory says. “This book cov-
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ers the period of time leading up to Alexa’s wedding. Both Maddie, her
bridesmaid, and Alexa’s co-worker, Theo, have a strong relationship with
Alexa. There’s a lot of love in my book, not just romantic love, but the love

between friends and between family members.”

Earlier this year, when Guillory signed a four-book deal with Berkley
enabling her to write full time, her work routine changed dramatically. “When
I first started writing, I would bring my computer to work and sometimes run
across the street to Starbucks in the middle of the day and write for 30 min-
utes. Then I’d write from nine to 11 [at night]. Now I try to write in bursts
throughout the day, but I still often write at night because, if I’m not writing
from eight to 10 p.m., I feel like I’m doing something wrong,” she says.
Last year was Guillory’s first experience with Book Expo. “I can’t wait to
meet more booksellers, librarians—especially—and just more publishing
people. This is such a big, diverse community. I spend a lot of time alone
with my laptop writing, and events like this are a chance to experience the
rest of the community.”  —Hilary S. Kayle

Today, 1:30–2:30 p.m. Jasmine Guillory will do a ticketed signing at

Table 2.

9:30 AM
Receive a signed copy of Elephant & Piggie Like
Reading!: The Itchy Book! and a oversized postcard
of Grace Goes to Washington. The first 30 guests will
also receive a signed copy of Grace for President.


11:00 AM
Receive a signed copy of
World of Reading: Bruce’s Big Fun Day
and a Bruce’s Big Storm umbrella!*

*while supplies last

12:00 PM
Receive a signed advance copy of 10 Blind Dates

11.5.19 MEET
1:00 PM
Receive a signed advance copy of The Fowl Twins
and a signature pair of Artemis Fowl sunglasses*

*while supplies last


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