story collection, Fresh Complaint, was written over 30 years, according to
FSG publicity director Jeff Seroy. As Seroy put it, the collection allows fans of
the Pulitzer Prize winner to dip in and out of his work: “It’s like having
Eugenides tapas, instead of a full-course meal.”
Forest Dark is the “most anticipated” of the fall season for Anmiryam Bud-
ner, at Main Point Books in Wayne, Pa. Harper sales rep Carla Parker said
the novel, about a 68-year-old retired lawyer going through various life
changes, is something people were asking about all day. “The first question I
At Scribner, in addition to Manhattan Beach, Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unbur-
ied, Sing (Sept.) was flying off tables. Ward, who signed 200 ARCs yesterday
afternoon, was called “the new Toni Morrison” by Betsy Burton, the ABA’s
outgoing president and co-owner of the King’s English. A rep at the S&S
imprint said the book’s reception at the show “has affirmed that we’re pub-
lishing two of the most anticipated novels this fall.”
— With reporting by Claire Kirch and Louisa Ermelino
The Big Adult Books continued from p. 1
Children’s illustrator Raúl Colón
signing copies of Miguel’s Brave
The 75th anniversary celebration of Little Golden Books
rolled onto the floor of BookExpo.
Pamela Paul, editor of the New York
Times Book Review, signs My Life
with Bob, a book about her life with
books (and the book she kept about
the books she’s read).
HarperCollins marked its 200th anniversary with a time line
outside its booth.
Ruff day, Dav? Dog Man creator Dav Pilkey
greets a long line of fans.
Big New Kids’ Books
Children’s book publishers were highlighting titles for all ages and interests as
BookExpo got underway yesterday. On the picture book side, HarperCollins
will offer Good Day, Good Night (Oct.), an unpublished manuscript by
Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Loren Long, a companion to Brown’s
Good-night Moon. Another lead title for the house is Shel Silverstein’s Runny Babbit
Returns (Sept.), a sequel to the posthumously published Runny Babbit.
Dave Eggers marks his debut at Chronicle with Her Right Foot, a picture
book about the Statue of Liberty, illus. by Shawn Harris. Abrams’s lead picture
book, Princesses Wear Pants (Sept.), is cowritten by Today show coanchor
Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim, illus. by Eva Byrne; Guthrie is
hosting this morning’s children’s breakfast.
Middle graders can look forward to the 12th Wimpy Kid book, The Getaway,
due from Abrams/Amulet on November 7. The release of the Diary of a Wimpy
Kid: The Long Haul movie last weekend has triggered “a really nice bump in
sales,” said children’s publisher Andrew Smith. The Purloining of Prince
Oleomargarine is a never-before-published story by Mark Twain, finished by
Philip Stead and illustrated by Erin Stead, due in October from Doubleday.
Candlewick, celebrating its 25th anniversary at the show, is highlighting
Mira Bartók’s The Wonderling, first in a middle grade fantasy series with a
Dickensian scope, which has been optioned by Fox for both TV and film. At
Little, Brown, big titles for the season include The Magic Misfits (Nov.) by
actor Neil Patrick Harris, who will be narrating the audio version. “Audio is
great for reluctant readers and those with disabilities,” said LB’s Megan Fitz-
patrick. “It really is a way to kick start and facilitate a love of reading.”
For teens, the big news at Knopf is the first volume in Philip Pullman’s
long-awaited Book of Dust series; La Belle Sauvage pubs in October with a
500,000-copy first printing. Other major YA titles include All the Crooked
Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press, Oct.); Marieke Nijkamp’s
Before I Let Go (Sourcebooks Fire, Jan. 2018), the author’s anticipated
second novel, following This Is Where It Ends; Dhonielle Clayton’s The Belles,
out from Disney-Hyperion in early 2018; The Renegades by Marissa Meyer;
Kristin Cashore’s Jane, Unlimited (Penguin/Dawson, Sept.); E. Lockhart’s
Genuine Fraud (Delacorte, Sept.); and Warcross by Marie Lu (Putnam, Sept.).
“For YA, I’m most excited to see Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End,”
Jamie Thomas, manager of Women and Children First in Chicago, said. “Sil-
vera’s approach to the young gay male experience has become more refined
with each book he’s written.” Thomas is also looking forward to Shadow-
house Fall (Scholastic/Levine, Sept.), Daniel José Older’s follow-up to Shadow-
shaper. “Older writes characters who are diverse and entertaining, but most
of all are completely badass,” she said.
Several publishers noted an ongoing interest in nonfiction across age
groups. Dutton publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel was talking up There Will Be
Blood: HelloFlo Guide to Puberty by Naama Bloom, founder and CEO
of HelloFlo.com, and Glynnis MacNicol, cofounder of TheLi.st. Though
Strauss-Gabel’s list mainly features fiction, she has seen a larger trend of
more nonfiction for young readers. “The bar is also going up, in terms of
quality,” she said.
Also on the nonfiction side at Penguin is the Girls Who Code series, a
cross-imprint publishing program in partnership with Girls Who Code founder
Reshma Saujani, which launches this summer.
—John A. Sellers, Diane Roback, Emma Kantor, and Matia Burnett