Book Expo America, the U.S. publishing industry's largest trade show, begins today in New York City with panels and speeches. The exhibit hall opens tomorrow. Duke Press will be there promoting our Fall 2010 titles. We'll be giving away lots of copies of Amitava Kumar's new novel, Nobody Does the Right Thing, the story of two cousins whose lives intertwine in the busy, complex world of modern India. Other advance reading copies we'll have on hand include Kumar's nonfiction book A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb (recently given a starred review in Publishers Weekly); jazz great Randy Weston's autobiography, African Rhythms; performance artist Suzanne Lacy's Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974–2007; a collection of plays by Black Arts Movement great Sonia Sanchez entitled "I'm Black When I'm Singing, I'm Blue When I Ain't" and Other Plays; Judith Armatta's definitive account of the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, Twilight of Impunity; an ethnography of human pharmaceutical test subjects called The Professional Guinea Pig by Roberto Abadie; and a fun look at women and global surfing culture, Surfer Girls in the New World Order by Krista Comer.
If you're attending BEA, please stop by our booth, #3727 and pick up some great books and a cool tote bag to put them in. If you won't be there, stay tuned to our Facebook page and Twitter feed for some giveaways this week!