BookExpo America has wrapped up, so now we can sift through the rubble of lanyards and business cards, of wine-stained plastic cups and mistakenly pocketed linen cocktail napkins, and see what stands out:
- The big book of the convention sounds like it might be Jeffrey Eugenides new novel (coming out in October), The Marriage Plot. Here are nine other “hot” books from BEA, including the Bay Area’s Adam Mansbach‘s “Go the Fuck to Sleep.” (Its pub date has been moved up from October to next month.)
- Maile Meloy will have a new book out in October — The Apothecary, a novel aimed toward 9- to 12-year-olds . (Wait till those readers get older and pick up Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It or Liars and Saints. There’s no letdown, kids!)
- “If there’s one person you want to ask about books,” writes Publishers Weekly, “it’s Paul Yamazaki,” the head buyer at City Lights. Paul thinks Los Angeles Times columnist Hector Tobar’s upcoming novel, “The Barbarian Nurseries,” has got “sleeper” written all over it.
- Portland writers apparently had a good showing in NYC this week. There was new work with buzz behind it from Diana Abu-Jaber, Laini Taylor, and Craig Thompson, whose new graphic novel, “Habibi,” is described as being somewhere between “a fantasy such as ‘The Lord of the Rings’ or something more political and documentary in the style of Portland artist Joe Sacco.”
- There was talk about books, there was talk about e-books — there was talk about a lot of industry stuff. According to the Associated Press’s Hillel Italie — somebody else you may want to ask about books, even if you’ve already asked Paul Yamazaki — the Kindle is king, the Nook’s alright, and the iPad is a slacker, if brilliant.