Monday, May 30, 2011

BEA Wrap-Up

Last week, Colleen MacMillan and I had the great pleasure of showcasing Annick Press's new books at Book Expo America in New York. The show ran from May 24 to 26, and drew a crowd of over 20,000. Here's our lovely booth, complete with a voracious young reader:

Although we were there primarily to speak to booksellers, we had many app developers, aspiring writers and printers approach us with their projects or services. There’s no question we came away with even greater appreciation for how much the landscape of the book industry has changed and continues to change. We still managed to connect with booksellers, librarians, teacher librarians, and special interest organizations looking for suitable books for their readers. Our young adult titles that focus on characters and issues in Third World countries--such as The Bite of the Mango, Cry of the Giraffe, and Thunder over Kandahar--drew particular attention, but we were happy to see strong interest in the new Munsch board books as well (I Have to Go!, Mortimer, The Paper Bag Princess, and Thomas' Snowsuit).

Lon Levin, XanateMedia's creative director, came by to chat about some of our new books. Here's a video of me pitching Dogs Don't Eat Jam by Sarah Tsiang and Qin Leng.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth--see you next year!

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