Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Publishers Lunch

Today's Meal

The AP has their Book Expo round-up piece, recapping some of the politically-focused events and high-profile fall titles. But attendees "also speculated about Book Expo. Square footage for the show has shrunk noticeably in recent years and the large gaps on the convention floor at times gave Book Expo the look of an idled factory. Publishers have wondered for years whether the convention was necessary in the Internet Age, when deals once negotiated at BookExpo are now accomplished online."


Karan Mahajan won the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award for The Association of Small Bombs.


Avie Bennett, 89, former owner of McClelland & Stewart, has died. Brad Martin, president and ceo of Penguin Random House Canada, said: "Avie Bennett left an indelible mark on the world of Canadian letters through his ownership of McClelland & Stewart and his unwavering commitment to, and support of, Canadian authors during his time at the helm of McClelland & Stewart and every day since. We owe him a great debt and much appreciation. He will be missed."

The story of the transfer of M&S from Bennett to Random House and the University of Toronto receives a fresh look in Elaine Dewar's The Handover: How Bigwigs and Bureaucrats Transferred Canada’s Best Publisher and the Best Part of Our Literary Heritage to a Foreign Multinational,
covered extensively in MacLean's.

With the recent successful launch of our two Buzz Books 2017 Fall/Winter collections, we continue our monthly sampler program with the release of July Buzz Books Monthly, available for download on Amazon, iBooks, and NetGalley.

Offering consumer-friendly excerpts, and including a comprehensive preview that highlights hundreds of notable forthcoming titles for the month listed by category and then week by week, positive reviews from readers have already begun: ("Once again an exceptional choice of extracts/previews! Everyone should download these each time they come out - it's great to see everything that it is due for publication all in the same place. It makes life so much easier for us book lovers to know which books we really want to request due to the sneak peeks you provide.") The July monthly features three thrillers, and two debuts:

The Last Hack by Christopher Brookmyre
Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
Final Girls by Riley Sager
The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong

Our featured nonfiction title is Peter Hellman's
In Vino Duplicitas: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire.

YA sci-fi/fantasy novel
Dream Me by Kathyrn Berla rounds out the sampler.

Beyond the seven titles featured in the new Monthly, the full Spring/Summer 2017 Buzz Books collections also include these July releases to sample now:

The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber
Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy
Ten Dead Comedians by Fred Van

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