Every year about this time, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and media converge on the Javits Center in New York City for Book Expo America, the largest publishing trade show in North America. Publishers are eager to get the word out about new titles, and there are also lots of deals being done. Foreign rights are sold, printers lobby for business, and digital companies of all kinds promise they are the future of publishing. This year BEA welcomes some members of the general public as well. "Power readers" will be welcomed to the show on Thursday, June 7. They are in for a treat as they fill up their tote bags with advance review copies (ARCs) and other literary swag.
If you're headed to New York for Book Expo, we encourage you to stop by our booth, 3431. It's right up front in a cluster with some of our friends: Columbia University Press, University of Illinois Press, University of Chicago Press, and a few other university presses. We'll be giving away copies of Natalie Hopkinson's new book Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City and Annette Kolodny's In Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery. We'll also have ARCs of Melissa Fisher's Wall Street Women, Jonathan Sterne's MP3: The Meaning of a Format, Joseph Dumit's Drugs for Life: How Pharmceutical Companies Define Our Health, and Sarah Schulman's sure-to-be controversial new book Israel/Palestine and the Queer International. We also have some very cool earbuds to promote Jonathan Sterne's book as well as very handy screen/eyeglass wipes, which you can never have too many of. You can check out our complete Fall 2012 catalog here. Our sales manager Michael McCullough and our exhibits manager Helena Knox look forward to talking books with you!