Book Expo America, the leading book industry event in North America, occurs every year and draws a crowd of thousands. While it was a first time for Katie and a second time for Kate, it was the first BEA where Papercuts J.P. was in attendance.
After a shared blueberry muffin and a very early morning bus ride, we arrived in NYC just in time for the American Bookseller Association’s lunch to celebrate indie booksellers and the award ceremony for the IndieNext and E.B. White Read Aloud awards. The recipients were all honored and humble, some making us laugh for minutes on end (namely Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett, who we later asked via Twitter to hang with us, and hope that someday this might happen). Inspiring was Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams which has sold well in the store, and if you haven't read her story "52 Blue," you gotta check it out. Kate’s favorite by far was by the original Sal from Blueberries for Sal, the granddaughter of author Robert McCloskey (he's that guy who did some book about making way for some small ducks). Blueberries for Sal is one of Kate’s favorite children’s books of all time, and one that her grandmother was forced to read over and over to her as a child. It was wonderful to be thanked by authors and artists for selling their books, and always great to see other booksellers from other parts of the country.
After lunch, we explored the exhibitions at the overwhelming, airport-sized Javits center. It was a pleasure to speak with many of the publishers whose books we love, and to pick up a dozen or so books we can’t wait to read, including titles from Biblioasis, Feminist Press, Overlook Press, Enchanted Lion, Flying Eye, and many more. Katie is currently reading Hesitation Wounds by Amy Koppelman, to publish this fall, and Kate is reading Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth coming this fall from Europa
We also loved meeting Nichole and Evan Robertson, co-founders of the PCJP beloved Obvious State, creator of the black and white lit-inspired prints at the shop. We heard about their upcoming products, which we plan on stocking soon
On Thursday, we were lucky enough to attend a panel of two badass women, Amy Cuddy, author of Presence, and actress Julianne Moore. They discussed the secrets to letting go of social fear and anxiety and achieving goals and desires without letting l'esprit d’escalier (the spirit of the stairs) get the better of you. These articulate, intelligent, and powerful women had us thinking and talking with one another for the next two days.
We’re so excited about so many of the books we had a chance to see at BEA! Stay tuned to our newsletter and our new blog for more in-depth reviews and staff picks. So many of our customers reached out to say happy anniversary on Friday, the day that Papercuts J.P. turned six months old--thank you for your support and your enthusiasm—cheers to the wonderful words the next six months will bring!