2023 US Book Show: A Lively Publishing Affair in New York

After the first virtual day of the hybrid US Book Show started with highlighting librarians and AAPI sessions, the in-person programming began at NYU’s Kimmel Center the following day.

In its third year, the US Book show features rich editorial panels and author panels highlighting Fall 2023 books that represent a wide variety of titles that will be of interest to the reading public this fall.

May 23, 2023

Morning Sessions: Comics & Graphic Novels

Keynote: Roz Chast spoke with Emily Flake for I Must Be Dreaming

Children’s Big Books of Next Season featured Graphic Novels by Ryan Estrada, Pedro Martín, Sharee Miller, George O’Connor

Graphic Novel Galleys: Viz Manga Sampler, The Prophet (Graphic Mundi)

Afternoon Sessions: AALA

The American Association of Literary Agents presented a day of in-person educational programming designed for agents, editors, and publishing professionals. The much-anticipated day featured panels and learning sessions, bringing the industry together for continuing education around issues of mutual interest.

The Campaign: Leveraging PR and Marketing Nathalie Ramirez (Director of Marketing & Imprint Partnerships at Zando), Alison Rich (Senior Vice President of Author Development at Penguin Random House), Brianna Yamashita (Executive Director of Marketing at Scribner), Michelle Aielli (Associate Publisher at Hachette Book Group)

All About Auctions Tanya McKinnon (Founder of McKinnon Literary), Heather Jackson (Literary Agent at Heather Jackson Literary Agency), Connie Hsu (Editorial Director at Roaring Book Press), Serena Jones (VP and Executive Editor at Henry Holt), Caitlin Blasdell (Literary Agent at Liza Dawson Associates), Eric Nelson (Executive Editor at Harper)

Cocktail Hour & Giveaways, Sponsored by Yonder

May 24, 2023

Adult Books at the US Book Show

Big Books of Next Season were Mitch Albom’s Little Liar (Harper), Elizabeth Acevedo’s Family Lore (Ecco), Kiley Reid’s Come and Get It (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) and Alice McDermott’s Absolution (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

For the US Book Show’s Adult Day Lunch Keynote, Sarah Jessica Parker and author Kim Coleman Foote talked about Coleman Hill (SJP Lit) with Glory Edim, the founder of Well-Read Black Girl.

The Adult Books’ agenda concluded with Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key discussing The History of Sketch Comedy: A Journey Through the Art and Craft of Humor (Chronicle Books, October).

Children’s & YA at the US Book Show

The US Book Show’s Children’s Books programing opened with award-winning author, Newbery medalist and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature 2023–2024 Meg Medina, in conversation with Amber Williams.

Children’s Big Books of Next Season included Melissa de la Cruz’s The (Super Secret) Octagon Valley Society (Disney Hyperion), Candice Iloh’s Salt the Water (Dutton Books for Young Readers), Karen M. McManus’ One of Us Is Back (Delacorte) and Peter H. Reynolds’ All We Need is Love and a Really Soft Pillow! (Orchard Books)

Another author rockstar, Jacqueline Woodson, talked about her upcoming book Remember Us (Nancy Paulsen Books) with Miwa Messer, the creator and host of Poured Over, the Barnes & Noble podcast.

Queer authors took the stage as Ryan La Sala and David Levithan discussed Beholder and was followed by Vichet Chum in coversation about Kween, his YA debut about a queer Cambodian American teen’s journey to find her voice and step into her legacy.

Galleys of Beholder by Ryan La Sala (PUSH) & Death Is My BFF by Katarina E. Tonks from Wattpad Books among others were available at the US Book Show.

A Fun Finale: Closing Keynote with Matthew Gray Gubler

The bestselling author and illustrator of Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself, Gubler has a new book: The Little Kid with the Big Green Hand (Pumpkin Patch Press) to be released in September.

So grateful to have been part of this event and looking forward to attending again next year!

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