Librarians packed the room and listened to fast-paced and often funny presentations by publishers at the AAP Librarian Book Buzz yesterday.
Consortium's Julie Schaper chose titles from various distributed clients, including Leon and Louise byAlex Capus (Haus Publishing), a novel about a lifelong love affair set in France; Read This! Handpicked Favorites from America's Indie Bookstores (edited by Hans Weyandt, Coffee House Press), which lists over a thousand books and was described by Schaper as "a reader's adviser for your pocket"; and Diana Wagman's The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets (Ig Publishing), a darkly humorous thriller featuring a seven-foot iguana. The HarperCollins titles were pitched by Virginia Stanley, director of library marketing, who simply touched upon the obvious big books such as Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue, Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior, and Dennis Lehane's Live by Night before presenting titles from lesser-known authors. Charles Dubow's Indiscretion is "a hot, sexy pageturner of a novel," and The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Englemann takes place in 18th century Sweden and revolves around a metaphysical card game. Attica Locke has written The Cutting Season, a thriller about two murders and Lehane's first pick for the press.
McGraw-Hill's Karolyn Anderson focused on the company's eBook Library, which packages more than 1,500 books in four collection sets. The Encyclopedia of Science & Technology is its lead title, a 20-volume set with a pre-pub price of $3,200. McGraw is also releasing its popular Chase's Calendar of Events 2013, "the most comprehensive reference in the world on special days, weeks, and months."