We’ve just wrapped up another successful Book Expo America here in New York. Once again, we hosted the Random House/Library Journal Librarian’s Breakfast to kick off the conference. Over 100 librarians joined us bright and early in the morning to hear remarks from five fascinating authors. For those of you that didn’t attend we are sharing the videos from the breakfast here.
Longbourn, by Jo Baker
Jo Baker’s new novel LONGBOURN is a brilliantly imagined, irresistible below-stairs answer to Pride and Prejudice: a story of the romance, intrigue, and drama among the servants of the Bennet household. Charming the audience, Jo confessed that she realized, had she lived in the time of Pride and Prejudice, she wouldn’t have been the one going to the ball, but would have been home washing petticoats.
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton, by Elizabeth L. Silver
Elizabeth L. Silver’s debut novel THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON, has been described as Before I Go to Sleep meets Defending Jacob. Greatly influenced by her law career, Silver tells the story of a woman on death row, what she did to get there, and why she may not want the truth to come out. She said “[the novel] at its heart is about these women, their relationship, these very independent, very different women whose lives have been defined by the scars of their past.”
Night Film, by Marisha Pessl
The critically acclaimed author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics, returns with NIGHT FILM, a spine-tingling story rich with grit, danger, mystery and intrigue. Revealing that she researched much of Night Film in Columbia’s Butler Library, Pessl attributes some of her book’s dark mood to the libraries dark and silent stacks.
The Rathbones, by Janice Clark
Janice Clark’s debut novel THE RATHBONES spans 100 years in the life of the Rathbone family, a once prosperous and now crumbling whaling dynasty, told through the voice of 15-year-old Mercy. Janice described her novel as a “New England gothic adventure. In a year of mash-ups it may be described as The Odyssey meets Moby Dick by way of The Addams Family.”
Songs of Willow Frost, by Jamie Ford
Beloved author Jamie Ford, The New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spoke of his fondness for love stories, even at an early age. His new novel, SONGS OF WILLOW FROST is set in Depression-era Seattle, and follows twelve-year-old William Eng—a Chinese-American orphan who is convinced that movie star Willow Frost is his long lost mother. It is a powerful story about love and forgiveness.
SHOUT AND SHARE ABOUT BOOKS
Every year at BEA we look forward to attending the popular Shout and Share program hosted by AAP and Library Journal. It’s always great to hear our books endorsed by librarians in such a fun forum. For the full list of Shout and Share titles, visit Earlyword. To request Random House eGalleys, check out the Edelweiss collection of our books that were shouted and shared this year:
ENTER TO WIN A BEA GOODY BAG
One lucky librarian will win a BEA goody bag, stuffed with hot BEA Buzz galleys AND a signed copy of SONGS OF WILLOW FROST and THE EXECUTION OF NOA P. SINGLETON. Click here to enter.