Next week publishers, booksellers, librarians, and media will 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.
Will you be attending BEA? If so, we hope you'll stop by our booth, #1542. We will have lots of advance review copies (ARCs) to give away as well as some cool totebags. Marketing Manager Emily Young and Sales Manager Michael McCullough will be in the booth to chat and answer questions. For booksellers, we are offering a show special of 50% off all backlist if you place your order with Michael or your sales rep by June 16.
Check out some of our featured titles below.
Heading to the beach this summer? Will it be a pristine national park, or a tiny strip of sand between the water and high-rise developments, studded with ugly groins and seawalls? The Last Beach by geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper is an urgent call to save the world's beaches while there is still time. Pilkey and Cooper sound the alarm in this frank assessment of our current relationship with beaches and the grim future if we do not change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores. Combining case studies and anecdotes from around the world, they argue that many of the world's developed beaches, including some in Florida and in Spain, are virtually doomed and that we must act immediately to save imperiled beaches.
A bestseller in Tibet until it was banned by China, My Tibetan Childhood: When Ice Shattered Stone is a moving memoir chronicles Naktsang Nulo’s childhood in Tibet’s Amdo region during the uprising against the Chinese invasion of the 1950s. He depicts pilgrimages to monasteries, including a 1500-mile horseback expedition his family made to Lhasa. A year or so later, they attempted to flee by the same route as troops of the People's Liberation Army advanced into their area. Naktsang's father was killed in the fighting that ensued, part of a little-known wave of unrest that took place throughout Amdo in 1958, as Tibetans rose up against the imposition of social and religious reforms by the Chinese forces. During the next year, the author and his brother were imprisoned in a camp where, after the onset of famine, very few children survived.
Many television critics, legions of fans, even the President of the United States, have cited The Wire as the best television series ever. On The Wire is a sophisticated examination of the HBO serial drama by leading film scholar Linda Williams (author of Screening Sex and editor of Porn Studies). She argues that while the series is a powerful exploration of urban dysfunction and institutional failure, its narrative power derives from its genre. The Wire is popular melodrama, not Greek tragedy, as critics and the series creator David Simon have claimed.
We will also have ARCs of Thomas Dumm's My Father's House: On Will Barnet's Paintings, Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism by Paige A. McGinley, and Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen by Sherrie Tucker. If you can't make it to BEA, booksellers, librarians, and reviewers can request digital ARCs of all these titles on NetGalley.