As BEA unfurled, the subject on the minds on many authors and publishers was the ongoing e-pricing negotiations between Hachette and Amazon. At stake is consumer freedom of choice as well as the role of specific vendors in the marketing and distribution of books. These are heady days for the publishing industry.
This year BEA included bundle of exciting author appearances including John Grisham, Colm Toibin, Carl Hiaasen, Richard Ford, Jane Smiley, Sue Miller, Lemony Snicket, Hampton Sides, and Alan Furst. As always, celebrity authors were in abundance, including Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming, Debi Mazar, Anjelica Huston, and Billy Idol.
I'm also thrilled to have met some amazing up-and-coming authors including Matthew Thomas (We Are Not Ourselves), Jeff Hobbs (The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace...), Malcolm Brooks (Painted Horses), and Terry Hayes (I Am Pilgrim).
This year also marked the debut of BookCon. A one-day-only lovefest for authors and readers, it had a robust turn-out from avid readers who flooded the Javits Center looking for swag, authographs, photo-ops and related goodies.
All in all, it was a jam-packed and satisfying week that gave those like me who love books a chance to plan ahead for a busy year of reading. I would need an army of clones to read all the books promoted of BEA!
I want to thank the terrific folks at BEA for putting on such an amazing show. I'm already looking forward to the next one, May 28-30, 2015!
Enjoy some pics below.