Recently, I was privileged to attend BookExpo America at New York City’s Javits Center. Billed as the largest publishing event in North America, the show provides a venue for authors, publishers, librarians, and booksellers to come together and share what’s new in books. I came back laden with a treasure trove of titles to add to the Library’s collection and abuzz about the most touted new fiction and non-fiction for the summer and fall. Pick up a copy of our monthly publication Fiction News or visit the Reader’s Resource page on our website to find out about these books.
BookExpo is also a lovefest between authors and librarians. Writer after writer spoke about the role of libraries in fostering their careers. Dennis Lehane of Mystic River fame recounted with eloquence and humor how his love of reading began at his local branch. New York Times columnist Gail Collins and espionage author Alan Furst extolled their dependence on libraries for both doing research and as their work destination. The stories went on and on.
Perhaps the author of the next great American novel just got their first library card. I look forward to hearing from them at another BookExpo.
Contributed by Adult Services Librarian Dorothy Pawlowski