Welcome, New Readers

We’re back from Book Expo where we met a bunch of amazing collection development librarians. We gave out hundreds of our brand-new flyers and generally talked up Early Word. So, if you’re new to Early Word, welcome and please take the time to check out what Early Word has to offer:

Links to download publisher catalogs — browse the fall catalogs to see what you missed at the show. You can download directly, from the links on the right, or go to a single list.

Publisher Contacts — links to publisher services created for librarians and to library marketing staff

Bestseller List — Highlighted on the right, links to current national and speciality lists

Consumer Reviews — find links to the latest reviews in one convenient place

Movies to Books — upcoming and current movies with tie-in title information

At BEA, I moderated two panels on libraries:

How Libraries Buy

What Librarians Wish Publishers Knew

The audience for each was standing room only, with a good mix of publishers, librarians, authors and vendors.

I’ll be posting more information on BEA later, but for now, I’d just like to mention a few observations:

  1. Lincoln will be BIG this fall; the 200th anniversary of his birth is next year. It seemed every booth featured a new Lincoln title (no books on Lincoln’s dog, however).
  2. The new Dennis Lehane, The Given Day (Sept, Morrow) is a departure for him into historical fiction. The publisher is promoting it heavily, to convince his fans to follow him into a new genre and to pick up new readers.
  3. The first novel everyone was talking about? The Lace Reader (July 29, Morrow) by Brunonia Barry
  4. My personal pick of the Fall? Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (Sept. 24, Grand Central) by librarian (Spencer, Iowa) Vicki Myron. After so many dog books, it’s time for felines to get attention. The book’s completely charming and puts both cats and libraries in a good light.

2 Responses to “Welcome, New Readers”

  1. marisa d'vari Says:

    This Early Word is such a great site! Thanks for posting news of your book expo panel! I can’t wait to read Dewey: The Small Town Cat who touched the world! Cats and libraries go together, and who better to write a book on the subject than a librarian! On ALibraryCat.com, I invite librarians and book lovers to submit stories of what books their cats would read if let loose in their local library.

  2. Nancy Hammerslough Says:

    Wonderful site, but please, please consider y-a books too, especially with publisher catalogs, and dare I ask–for reviews too.

    Every good wish,

    Nancy Hammerslough
    Editor in Chief
    Brown Barn Books