Librarians Dominate BookExpo 2017

Librarian presence at Book Expo, which has been growing over the years, was even more noticeable at the just-concluded 2017 event in New York.

Part of that may be due to the fact that, as Publishers Weekly reports, the entire show has significantly slimmed down. Owner Reed has done away with several concurrent events, including the book bloggers’ convention, which funneled swarms onto the show floor.

HarperCollins’ Library Marketing team in one of many back-to-back meetings at BookExpo

That move is part of an effort, explained ReedPop head Lance Fensterman during a panel, to make the show more “focused.” To many, however, it seems that Reed, which owns several other fan-based shows such as New York Comic Con, is placing more emphasis on BookCon, which opens to the public the Saturday after BookExpo.

Although booksellers are still the focus of BookExpo, librarians clearly outnumbered booksellers and publishers are showing them new attention. HarperCollins even dedicated a section of their booth to library marketing, a move unheard of in earlier shows.

But the heart of the BookExpo is the discovery of new titles and there was plenty of that, along with complaints that galleys were not plentiful in the booths and the best bet was to try to nab them at author events. But even that sometimes proved difficult as the NY Post reports in their story headlined, “Debut novels create a frenzy at BookExpo,” and best depicted in Publishers Weekly’s photo.


With all the librarian attention, it is fitting that librarian Nancy Pearl was at the show to promote her first novel, George and Lizzie, (S&S/Touchstone), featured at both the AAP/LibraryReads lunch and Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog.

Among the titles mentioned often by librarians were the debuts featured at the Editors Buzz session, including Gabriel Tallent’s My Absolute Darling, (PRH/Riverhead; Penguin Audio/BOT, August), which is getting compared to Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, and The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (HarperCollins/Morrow), cited as filling The Girl on the Train spot, complete with requisite movie deal.

For more on the titles that have librarians buzzing, please join us for tomorrow’s GalleyChat, 4 to 5 pm, ET. Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly has released their picks of The Big Books of the Show as well as the Big New Kids’ Books.

2 Responses to “Librarians Dominate BookExpo 2017”

  1. Donna Says:

    The link to the sample of the woman in the window links
    to another novel that has the same title

  2. Nora Rawlinson Says:

    Thanks for the correction. The OverDrive sample for WOMAN IN THE WINDOW is not available yet. However, you can download the Digital ARC from Edelweiss. Just go to the title page and click the green “Download” button.