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Book Expo 2018 – Day Three

June 19, 2018

Julie and I didn’t have any early morning events on Friday, June 1 but we’re both early risers so we were up and at ’em fairly early.  We weren’t too far from the Javits so we decided to walk and stopped at Junior’s for breakfast along the way.

We got into the trade show floor as it opened.  It seemed smaller and less crowded to us this year so, after a few hours, we were ready for a break and headed back to As Is.  We made sure to be back at the Javits in plenty of time for Reading Group Guides Book Group Speed Dating event, an event I adore.  At this event, everyone’s assigned a table and publicists rotate from table to table, pitching great book club reads to you.  They’re given about 10 minutes to tell you about some great books, and it’s well organized and great fun.  Some of the books from the event I’m excited about are:

  • THE THREE ESCAPES OF HANNAH ARENDT by Ken Krimstein (Bloomsbury; 9/25/2018)  This graphic biography tells the story of the prominent twentieth century philosopher and political theorist, Hannah Arendt.
  • LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE by John Jay Osborn (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 10/2/18) Osborn’s first book in twenty years tells the story of a marriage that’s falling apart from the perspective of a marriage counselor.
  • THE AGE OF LIGHT by Whitney Scharer (Little, Brown; 2/5/2019) is historical fiction set in Paris during the 1930s.  It’s about the relationship between Vogue model and photographer Lee Miller and artist Man Ray.
  • BEAUTIFUL BAD by Annie Ward (Park Row Books; 3/19/19) Twelve publisher bid on this book dubbed “2019’s thriller of the year” with the tag line “the perfect marriage leads to the perfect crime.”

  • CAR TROUBLE by Robert Rorke (Harper Perennial; 9/11/2018)  Set in 1970s Brooklyn, this coming of age story tells the story of a sensitive teen dealing with an alcoholic and abusive father framed by the cars from his childhood.
  • KILLING IT: AN EDUCATION by Camas Davis (Penguin Press; 7/24/2018) When Davis was laid off from her job as food writer, she decided to fly to France to learn to be a butcher and she shares her story in this memoir.
  • BOOMER1 by Daniel Torday (St. Martin’s Press; 9/18/2018) This story of social media gone wrong is told from the perspective of Millennials and a Baby Boomer.
  • FAMILY TRUST by Kathy Wang (William Morrow; 10/30/2018)  The patriarch of a Chinese-American family has always claimed to have a fortune and now that he’s dying his family is forced to figure out what they value most.

We shipped our books after that great event and then had a nice dinner at Patzeria, a great little restaurant Julie and her husband discovered last year.

Our last stop of the day was at The Lounge in SoHo for a party given by Big Honcho Media.  The venue was wonderful and the refreshments from Milk and Cream Cereal Bar were almost too cute to eat.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2018 6:20 am

    Sounds so well planned. Balance of books and fun though the books part is also fun.

  2. June 19, 2018 7:34 am

    What fun events. I especially love the idea of book speed dating 🙂

  3. June 19, 2018 7:34 am

    Another great day! I see a few books that I’m interested in,

  4. Diane D permalink
    June 19, 2018 8:01 am

    Sounds like you had a great time Kathy

  5. June 19, 2018 10:51 am

    What fun! I love hearing (reading) about it. I’m glad you had so much fun, and there are some books I’ll be watching for. Thanks!

  6. June 19, 2018 11:23 am

    Oh I didn’t know there was a graphic novel coming out about Hannah Arendt! I must remember to look for it!

  7. Patty permalink
    June 19, 2018 1:02 pm

    Maybe it was good that it was less Crowded? Love the look of some of these books and I love that little bar you found!

  8. Patty permalink
    June 19, 2018 1:04 pm

    Thank goodness i have beautiful bad…now I want to read it ASAP!

  9. June 19, 2018 2:49 pm

    Still jealous 😀 It sounds so fun!

  10. June 19, 2018 6:53 pm

    I love the idea of sitting at a table and having publishers come by to tell me about wonderful new books that are coming out. So jealous!

  11. June 19, 2018 8:10 pm

    The Expo sounds like it was quite a celebration! And now you have all of those wonderful new books to enjoy! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    June 19, 2018 10:22 pm

    I think I would love to experience the speed dating event. It sounds like such fun! And look at all the great books!

  13. June 20, 2018 10:24 am

    I love good Italian food. The speed dating event sounds fantastic. I’m glad you had a great time with Julie.

  14. June 20, 2018 5:34 pm

    Thanks for that great list of book club books. I always need good ideas.

  15. Diane D permalink
    June 23, 2018 7:10 pm

    Sounds like a fun day for sure and, so many new titles for me to put on my list LOL

  16. Beth F permalink
    June 24, 2018 7:17 am

    I think I missed speed dating more than anything (except the people)

  17. June 28, 2018 9:28 am

    I loved reading this post and reminiscing about our last day! We had such a great time, didn’t we?

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