Last week I told you about the first half of books I brought home from BEA. Now we do the second.
I absolutely must start off with Nine by Polish author Andrzej Stasiuk. This book actually isn’t a new book–it was published last year in English by Harcourt. The way I got my copy was that the Polish government had sent an emissary to BEA to try and create interest in publishing more Polish titles in English. She had a booth that, to be painfully honest, was not lighting BEA on fire, but she . . . continue reading, and add your comments
Here’s the first batch of books I personally picked up at BEA and am excited about reading. (See part II of the BEA book roundup here.)
If there’s one thing you know about 2666, it’s that it revolves around the mysterious deaths of hundreds of women in the Mexican border-city of Ciudad Juarez. Well, 2666 is not the only novel published in 2008 to cover this phenomenon. If I Die in Juarez (Stella Pope Duarte, available, University of Arizona Press) is an novel about the murders, actually written from the perspectives of some . . . continue reading, and add your comments
Chad Post is declaring 2666 the "big book" of BEA
Jeff’s comments about how they marketed The Savage Detectives and what they’re doing for 2666 was fascinating to me. (As I told him afterwards, I think Jeff’s one of the most brilliant publicists out there and I could spend a whole panel simply interviewing him.) In a very real way, 2666 may be the “Big Book” of BEA 2008 that I claimed didn’t exist in my last post. Jeff said the response has been overwhelming and that they gave out 400 copies (!) of the galley at . . . continue reading, and add your comments
The New York Review booth
Unbridled publisher Fred Ramey
As you can see, I was not joking about the 20 ft. posters
More photos tomorrow. And for even more, check The Quarterly Conversation Facebook site.
Finally, I met Richard Nash of Soft Skull.
John Fox of BookFox, who contributed a nice review of Murakami’s After Dark a few issues ago.
Eric Lorberer, Rain Taxi‘s tireless editor, had a booth for the first time at BEA.
You’ll recognize Callie (left) from Counterbalance and Carolyn from Pinky’s Paperhaus.
And there I am. As you can tell, I’ve either just finished talking to the Scientologists (oh yeah, they were there, . . . continue reading, and add your comments