This morning at BEA a group of industry professionals met to discuss the hot book club titles for fall.
Even before the presentation began, the room was abuzz with energy. It was barely 10 am and already conference attendees were weighed down with bags of books and pamphlets. However, they were thrilled to see that already laid out on their chairs was a convenient carrying bag and yet more books. Among the titless waiting for attendees were Brooklyn by Colm Toibin and Little Bee by Chris Cleave - both books surrounded by incredible buzz. Any booklover knows that when it comes to books, you can never have too many.
The panel was moderated by Carol Fitzgerald of ReadingGroupGuides.com and President of BookReportNetwork.com. Representatives from Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins and Avon, Penguin Group USA Random House Macmillan and Hachette Book Group all brought their favorite picks for fall to the table. Although each only had nine minutes to speak, they were well prepared and also distributed a handout of their powerpoint presentation.