#14 3 things you brought home from BEA

NEIBA Question of the Week #14

The NEIBA Board members are starting a Question of the Week on the NEIBA Group at Yahoo! Groups (our Listserv). The goal is to share everyone’s common knowledge about bookselling or anything related to independent bookstores.  It is our hope that after the Board has run through with their questions other members will continue the asking.

This week’s question is:

Hello fellow booksellers and publishers,

For those of you who went to Book Expo we are looking for three things you brought home with you. It could be a cool ARC you can’t wait to read, a comment from a publisher or bookseller you found especially interesting, or anything. It doesn’t have to be a material item. If you can share with us and with those who were unable to attend, please do so.

Thank you, Annie Philbrick

Josh Christie, Sherman’s

1) Though I didn’t get into the room to see it, I brought home some enthusiasm from Ann Patchett’s BEA speech to booksellers. I’d worried that it would be a rehash of her prior indie bookseller speeches. Instead, it was all “new material,” including a recitation of the St Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V. In a room of booksellers, you can probably guess who were the “we few, we happy few, we band of brothers” and who were the French.

2) Energy for bookselling. Just like the Fall Conference, the blend of being surrounded by booksellers and great educational sessions invigorated me. The mood of publishers and booksellers also seemed a bit brighter to me than during the last few years.

3) A galley of The Twelve, the sequel to Justin Cronin’s The Passage. I’m about a quarter of the way through, and it is fantastic.

Lorna Ruby, Wellesley Books

BEA is always about seeing old publisher friends and fellow booksellers. I love the day of education and the excitement of the convention floor. Here are 3 things besides:

The Tuesday author breakfast (look for it online http://www.livestream.com/bookexpoamerica) Colbert, Diaz, Kingsolver and Nesbo, so diverse and entertaining.

Walking the Highline from the Javits Center to 13th Street http://www.thehighline.org/about/park-information to author filled cocktail parties.

The Chronicle booth, always a nice tote bag AND for me a sneak peek at a very funny collection of cat poems http://mediumlarge.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/excerpts-from-i-could-pee-on-this-and-other-poems-by-cats/