In case you missed it, BEA happened over the weekend. Book Expo America is the annual trade show for the publishing biz.  Every year publishers gather in a convention center (this year it was the Javits Center in NYC) to hype upcoming books, attendees come to grab as many ARCs as possible and authors come to sign books, speak on panels and schmooze.  Everyone then waits to see which books emerge as the next big buzz books, which panels caused the most stir and which author was the most talked about.  So here is a quick run-down of what you might have missed:

The biggest news at this year’s BEA was attendance. It was down. Some publishers represented with only skeleton crews and some opted to do away with displays and booths altogether. 

At an editor buzz panel the following books caught my attention:

Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You. Which editor Ben Sevier called a humorous, heartbreaking look at family, love and marriagethe book, which takes place over the course of a week, follows a guy who learns his wife is having an affair, and is pregnant, on the same day he finds out about his father’s death.

Roses by Leila Meacham.  This “multigenerational Texas novel,” has been likened to epics like The Thorn Birds and Gone with the Wind

And finally, the author making the biggest splash was National Book Award Winner Sherman Alexie, who, during a panel of authors speaking with independent booksellers stated that he refused to allow his books to be made available in electronic form. He went on to call Amazon’s Kindle elitist and said that when he saw a woman on a plane using the device, “I wanted to hit her.”

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