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Publishers may say that their being more selective about what they bring to this year’s regional conferences, but it sure doesn’t feel collectively like they have cut back. There’s something for every bookseller, from galleys for bestselling authors like M.J. Rose, The Book of Lost Fragrances (Mar. ’12) and the movie tie-in of Michael Lewis’s Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, to The Recipe Project, which sings every ingredient of famous chefs’ recipes. In addition to books, galleys, and the occasional tote bag, which have become standard fare, Penguin, is holding a raffle at all nine shows. The grand prize is a Penguin Classics Skateboard Deck with seven books, a mixture of children’s and adult titles.

* Books and galleys will be at all nine shows unless otherwise indicated.

Akashic Books (dist. by Consortium)

Two Times Intro: On the Road with Patti Smith by Michael Stipe. $23.95, ISBN 978-1617750236; Aug.

This photo-diary of Patti Smith’s return to touring in 1995 by R.E.M. frontman Stipe intersperses images with words by William Burroughs and others.


Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron. $24.95, ISBN 978-1616200428; Jan. ‘12

In Rwanda, a Tutsi runner trains to be an Olympic contender before finding himself on the run from the attempted genocide of his people. MBA, MPIBA and PNBA. Appearing at: MBA, MPIBA, and PNBA.

Until the Next Time by Kevin Fox. $24.95, ISBN 978-1565129931; Feb. ‘12

Ancient secrets passed down for a thousand years lead a young man on a search for a lost love and the truth behind his uncle’s murder in this novel set in Ireland. NAIBA, MBA, PNBA, and NCIBA. Appearing at: NAIBA, MBA, PNBA, and NCIBA.

Arsenal Pulp Press (dist. by Consortium)

Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery by Leanne Prain and Jeff Christenson. $29.95 paper, ISBN 978-1551524061; Sept.

This how-to by the co-author of Yarn Bombing elevates embroidery to an art form.

Behler Publications (dist. by Consortium)

Throwaway Players: The Concussion Crisis from Pee Wee Football to the NFL by Gay Culverhouse. $15.95 paper, ISBN 978-1933016702; Aug.

Offers an insider’s look at arthritis, dementia, and suicide in the National Football League.

Biblioasis (dist. by Consortium)

Lucky Bruce by Bruce Jay Friedman. $26.96, ISBN 978-1926845319; Sept.

A memoir of the Golden Age of Hollywood and publishing by one of the leading American humorists.

Black Balloon Publishing (dist. by Consortium)

The Recipe Project by One Ring Zero, Michael Hearst, and Leigh Newman. $24.95 book-and-CD set, ISBN 978-1936787005; Oct.

“Need fun stuff for the super-music-nerd-foodie who has everything? Here ya go: Famous chefs’ recipes sung—literally sung, just as written,” says Chopped host Ted Allen.


Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale. $24, ISBN 978-1608196258; Feb. ‘12

Hale returns to Austenland, where bonnets are in vogue and gentlemen can dance—and where one might still find real love and murder. MPIBA.

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward. $24, ISBN 978-1608195220; Sept.

A new voice from the Gulf Coast delivers a gritty but tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. SIBA.

The Accidental Feminist by M.G. Lord. $22, ISBN 978-0802716699; Feb. ‘12

Cultural historian Lord examines the unexpected feminist content in Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic roles. SIBA.

The Evening Hour by Carter Sickes. $15 paper, ISBN 978-1608195978; Jan. ‘12

A vivid debut set against the backdrop of an Appalachian town devastated by mountaintop removal coal-mining. SIBA and PNBA.

Bywater Books (dist. by Consortium)

Trick of the Dark by Val McDermid. $24.95, ISBN 978-1932859959; Aug.

In this standalone by the 2011 Boucheron Guest of Honor, disgraced psychiatrist Charlie Flint receives a summons to Oxford from a professor who wants her to look into the death of her daughter's husband.


Who in This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition by Katherine Malmo. $14.95 paper, ISBN 978-0934971126; Oct.

Malmo describes her diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from inflammatory breast cancer. PNBA and GLiBA.

Chelsea Green

Killing the Cranes: A Reporter’s Journey Through Three Decades of War in Afghanistan by Edward Girardet. $27.95, ISBN 978-1603583428; Aug.

A journalist’s offers insights into Afghanistan after covering failed military campaigns for 30 years. MPIBA, NCIBA, and NEIBA.

Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era by Amery Lovins. $34.95, ISBN 978-1603583718; Nov.

How U.S. businesses can lead the nation from oil and coal to renewables by 2050, and profit in the process. MPIBA, NCIBA, and NEIBA.

Wild Flavors: One Chef’s Transformative Year Cooking from Eva’s Farm by Didi Emmons. $34.95, ISBN 978-1603582858; Oct.

The story of a chef and a famer, and the foods that made them friends; with 46 plants and 150 recipes. MPIBA, NCIBA, and NEIBA.

Chin Music (dist. by Consortium)

Shiro by Shiro Kashiba and Ann Norton. $20 paper, ISBN 978-0984457625; Nov.

A cookbook/memoir by a sushi pioneer and founder of Shiro Restaurant in Seattle. PNBA.

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