On Friday, I'm going to Louisville to attend a conference sponsored by the American Booksellers Association. The programs offered are intriguing (even for a jaded old bastard like me) and I will get the chance to see friends from the world of bookselling and publishing I usually only get to see once a year at Book Expo America. (I also heard there will be a bar. Hmmm.)
Almost 75 authors will be trotted out by their respective publishers and advance copies of their new or upcoming books will be placed in the hands of booksellers from all over the country in the hope the booksellers will read them, love them, sigh longingly, hold them to their collective breasts and spread the word to their customers. It will be interesting to see which books will rise above the rest and I'll certainly let you know what I hear.
In that same spirit, here is an article from Publishers Weekly spotlighting some new fiction titles that will hit the stores in the coming months: