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706086_10151211171174961_1706269595_oby Tqwana Brown

Do your feet hurt? Shoulders ache? Back sore? Then you, like me, are suffering from the BEA Experience. For four days last week, the Javits Center turned into a theme park for the publishing industry. Chances are your body is still recovering from walking the exhibition floor, lugging around your free totes full of new books. For three of those days, I hobbled around on a sprained ankle, braving the New York city heat and the long trek from the subway to the Javits Center’s doors,  greedily gathering as many ARCs and galleys as I could carry. Though I’ve made a promise to myself that next year I’ll be more selective, I doubt it’ll actually happen. I don’t know my exact tally of new books, but I averaged around 25 a day. I’ll leave the math up to you.

marchbookone_softcover_lgI anxiously waited in line for autographs and photo ops from big names like Jim Carrey, Paula Deen (she loved my hair!), Brenda Jackson, Lauren Weisberger, and Sylvia Day. I woke up before sunrise – on a Saturday – to enjoy breakfast with Congressman John Lewis, Hardball’s Chris Matthews, and authors Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones’s Diary) and Diana Gabaldon (Outlander), all such passionate and hilarious speakers.  Congressman Lewis earned a standing ovation from the crowd for his empowered speech on civil rights and the hope that his new graphic novel March will inspire youth to get into “good trouble” like he, Rosa Parks, and MLK during the 60s.

And yes, all of their upcoming releases have been added to my to-read list.

BEAOne of the great aspects of BEA is striking up conversations with other industry professionals and book lovers – getting their insight on the future of editing, distribution, and agencies.

Next year’s agenda will definitely include attending more panel discussions (I’ll be spending the next few days catching up on what I missed on BEA Live).

Between free glasses of champagne and wine, slices of cake,  a tiny light up TARDIS, and catching a glimpse of Arthur Levine walking the aisles, my first BookExpo was one of the greatest experiences of my young publishing career.  Enjoy the slideshow of my BEA, and feel free to share a link to your BEA photo albums in the comments section.

And if anyone has extra bookshelves lying around, I’m in need of a few.

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To read more on BookExpo America 2013, click here for Publishers Weekly’s BEA wrap-up. Remember you can catch panels and author interviews you missed on BEA Live.

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BEAlogoBEA Dinner
Thursday, May 30,  2013
Pepe Giallo (253 10th Ave.)
5:45pm – 8:00pm

NYC Chapter (WNBA-NYC) will be hosting a dinner for chapter members attending Book Expo America (BEA). This is a fun opportunity to make new connections with fellow book professionals and book lovers, talk about industry trends, compare notes from the BEA floor, and take a break from the page-turning madness that is BEA.
Dinner (at your own expense) will be at 5:45PM, but starting at 4PM we will be having pre-dinner snacks and drinks at a member’s apartment close to the restaurant, where we can put down the our bags of galleys for a while and rest those weary feet. The address will be given at the time of your RSVP.Please join us for a fun dinner with new friends and old, and a welcome break from walking the floor at The Javits Center!

RSVP programs@wnba-nyc.org

lunch picJune Neighborhood Lunch
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Bombay Palace
(30 W. 52nd St.)
12.30PM–2:00PM

Our last Neighborhood lunch of the season will be held at Bombay Palace, a sumptuously decorated midtown eatery which boasts “a hodgepodge of culinary styles, each with its own distinctive spices, herbs, ingredients, and techniques, many of which are evident in our efforts. Dishes can contain a blend of 20, 30, 40, or more spices and herbs.”
Come and recap WNBA-NYC’s 2012/13 season and share your plans for the summer. Neighborhood lunches are a great opportunity to network, so bring your business cards. And if you have a friend who’s interested in joining the chapter, please bring them along too!

RSVP Janet Mazefsky: jmazefsky@aol.com

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Hello, WNBA-ers! Here are some events in the city to add to your social calendar.

b&nKhaled Hosseini in Conversation With Bill Goldstein

Barnes & Noble Union Square
33 E 17th St., b/t Broadway and Park Ave South
May 21, 2013
7:00pm – 8:00pm

The author The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns will sit down to discuss his new work,  And the Mountains Echoed

housing works

Bookrageous BEA Bash: Nathan Larson, Sarah MacLean, Rosie Schaap, and Teddy Wayne

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012
May 29, 2013
7:00pm

Join Bookrageous, “a podcast about books and why they’re awesome” for a party featuring some of our favorite authors. First 250 drinks are on us! Three lucky attendees will get a personalized list of reading recommendations, courtesy of the Bookrageous hosts and Library Journal staff! You could also win one of several audiobooks, hand-picked by Library Journal. Raffle tickets will be $5 each, or 5 for $20, and all proceeds will benefit Housing Works.

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Happy Tuesday WNBA-ers! The warmer weather in NYC brings with it the arrival of some of the city’s most popular events.

BEAlogoBookExpo America
Thursday, May 30 – Saturday, June 1, 2013
Javits Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

For the first time, BEA is now open to the public with a Reader’s Pass. There are still spots available, so head on over to their site to register for your chance to meet and greet editors, writers, and other book lovers. And get ready for lots of freebie – that means books! Be sure to check back to the blog for more info on the WNBA-NYC post-BEA dinner meet-up.
Here ‘s a list of just some of the authors and exhibitors in attendance:
Diana Gabaldon
Veronica Roth
Amazon Children’s Publishing
 

shakespeare in the parkShakespeare in the Park
Enjoy the Bard for FREE at this beloved event in Central Park (between 79th and 80th streets, west side). This year’s plays are Love’s Labour’s Lost and A Comedy of Errors, featuring Jesse Tyler Ferguson of the sitcom Modern Family. Performances begin May 28th.
Head over to the events website for more ticket information and a complete calendar of performances.

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blue ribbonSince 1983, the Women’s National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling.  Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons.

Every year a panel of publishing professionals selects two winners of the award—one a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore.  The store nominations come from customers, sales reps,  store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore.  This year’s nominees are:

General Bookstore  Children’s Specialty Store
Avid Book Shop, Athens, GA Books and Cookies, Santa Monica, CA
Byrd’s Books, Bethel, CT 4 Kids Books & Toys, Zionsville, IN
Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI Hooray for Books, Alexandria, VA
Newtonville Books, Newtonville, MA The Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI
Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA The Voracious Reader, Larchmont, NY
Main Street Books, Davidson, NC Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA
Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA
Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC

The nominated store puts together an electronic submission with a description of activities, goals, or any contribution to the local community that involves young people and books. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, or anything else that transmits the degree of contribution can be included in the submission. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.

The Pannell Award jurors for 2013 are:

  • Cheryl Willis Hudson, vice president and editorial director of Just Us Books
  • Andrew Karre, editorial director of Carolrhoda, an imprint of the Lerner Publishing Group
  • Lisa von Drasek, curator of Children’s Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota
  • Emma D. Dryden, children’s editorial and publishing consultant, Dryden Books
  • Kelli Chipponeri, executive editor/children’s, Chronicle Books

The jurors will make their decision by late April, and a phone call will notify the winners, as well as all stores sending submissions. Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator.  The presentation of the award will be in New York at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.

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Do you have a favorite children’s bookstore? Why not show your appreciation by nominating them for the Pannell Award?  Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading and books in their young patrons.

Every year a panel of publishing professionals selects two winners of the award—one a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore. The store nominations come from customers, sales reps, store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore. Anyone can make a nomination, and the deadline has been extended to Thursday, January 31st!

Nominations are simple to submit via our dedicated email: PannellAward@gmail.com. Your nominating email should include the following:

  1. Name, email address, and phone number of person making the nomination
  2. That person’s connection to the nominated store
  3. A brief statement outlining the reasons that store is being nominated
  4. Contact info for the owner/manager of the nominated store

Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award, which was established in honor of Lucille Micheels Pannell, founding member of one of the WNBA chapters. Read about last year’s winners here.

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WOMEN’S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION STREAMLINES NOMINATION PROCESS FOR THE WNBA PANNELL AWARD

Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling.  Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons.

Every year a panel of publishing professionals selects two winners of the award—one a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore.  The store nominations come from customers, sales reps,  store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore

It is time to start the nomination process which has been simplified to ensure the nomination of every deserving store. Electronic nominations can be sent to PannellAward@gmail.com and should include the following:

  1. Name, email address, and phone number of person making the nomination
  2. That person’s connection to the nominated store
  3. A brief statement outlining the reasons that store is being nominated
  4. Contact info for the owner/manager of the nominated store.

The nominations are due by January 15, 2013, at which time a press release will be issued listing the nominees.  The nominated store then puts together an electronic submission with a description of activities, goals, or any contribution to the local community that involves young people and books. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, or anything else that transmits the degree of contribution can be included in the submission. The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2013.

The Pannell Award jurors will make their decision by late April, and a phone call will notify the winners, as well as all stores sending submissions. Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator.  The presentation of the award will be in New York at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees. Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award.

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