Readers of this blog may have noticed how quiet it's been lately. This is due, in large part, to the fact that BEA Season has held our office hostage for the last few weeks. A shantytown of boxes, posters, galleys, bookmarks, foamcore-mounted book covers, and assorted letterpress giveaways, has been amassing around my desk as the day (this Thursday) approaches. I'm extremely grateful that the show is in New York this year, and not Los Angeles, as in 2008 — removes the momma-bird-like tension of letting all this precious promotional material out to cross the country in the hands of FedEx. I'll tell you what: it was a tense few days waiting for confirmation that everything had arrived in LA safe and sound. No such trauma this year.
We're going to have some really great promotional material available at the booth: galleys for Le Clézio's novel Desert and Robert Reid's memoir Arctic Circle; a set of pages from Yousuf Karsh's Regarding Heroes bound in a letterpress cover that David Godine printed himself; an essay from The Guardian (UK) on the enduring appeal of Lark Rise to Candleford, also with a DRG original letterpress cover; some gorgeous new posters; and a new array of bookmarks. If you're a bookseller in the area (right in the front, to the right of the main entrance as you come in) please stop by to say hello, take a look at our 2009 titles, and maybe even place an order. The list is altogether, I think, remarkably strong this year.
We'll be at booth 4204, hope to see you in NYC!