Dispatches from BEA in Washington DC

From my colleague Amanda:
Hello from Book Expo America! I’m Amanda from Harvard
Book Store, and I’d like to thank my colleague
Bookdwarf for letting Harvard Book Store use her blog
to report on our booksellers’ experiences at Book Expo
America (BEA). Our goal is to let readers know about
the literary, publishing and bookselling news and what
we have to look forward to (bookwise) in the coming

This is my fifth BEA. Last year’s conference was in
New York and a lot of publishing people who otherwise
might not have attended flooded the conference floor
and the dozens of dinners, parties and concerts that
occur every night. For many booksellers, this is the
only time each year when you get to meet publishers
face to face.

We suspect that this year’s conference will be a
little more low-key, but we’re ready and willing to be