At the recent ALA meeting I had the pleasure of making someone’s day. Or at least that’s what he said I did.

I was walking the floor with an advance reader’s edition Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s long-awaited novel, The Angel’s Game, which has recently been translated from the Spanish.  I had stopped at another booth to browse around when one of the booth workers saw the book in my hands and screeched out, “I’ve been waiting so long for this book! I’ve been wanting to read it! Where is it?!” I pointed her toward the Random House booth and we continued talking about Zafon and his work. An attendee in the vacinity overheard us and demanded to know where the book was as well. Turns out he is also a huge fan. Thus, I was able to get the gentleman to momentarily leave another exhibitor’s booth and head toward the quickly depleting stacks of Angel’s Game ARE’s .

That was enough for me. I’m sold, and have added this one, as well as its predecessor, The Shadow of the Wind, to my ever-lengthening list. The author’s website features a video trailer on the new novel. It will be published by Doubleday in June so be sure it is on your list. Your patrons will be asking for it!

The Spanish edition, El Juego del Angel, is also available from Vintage.


A funny thing happened on the way to the Random House booth…

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