Maybe you’ve heard about a little gathering taking place in New York this week? Something called BookExpo America? No? In that case, you may want to read this primer for some background. (hat tip to Jessica Strawser)
If you’re feeling left out because you aren’t attending BEA, don’t worry. I live here in New York, and I’m not attending either. But I am staying semi-informed by following online coverage, including occasional monitoring of the #BookExpo and #BEA11 hashtags.
Attention, reviewers and book bloggers: Just because you’re not going to BEA doesn’t mean you can’t find out which titles will be out later this year. Check out Barbara Hoffert’s BEA Galley & Signing Guide for some information nuggets. (Yes, you’ll have to do some detective work about pub dates, but at least this can get your started.)
A number of other literary events take place in tandem (officially or unofficially) with BEA. One of these is the Jewish Book NETWORK conference, which features a Meet the Author program. Tune in tomorrow for an account of my Meet the Author debut, which took place on Sunday.
Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories (Last Light Studio), which is an ALA Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title for outstanding Jewish literature. Quiet Americans was also named a Notable Book (The Jewish Journal) and a Top Small-Press Book (Shelf Unbound). Erika is a contributing editor for Fiction Writers Review and an advisory board member for J Journal: New Writing on Justice, and she wrote the section on “Choosing a Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing” for the second edition of Tom Kealey’s Creative Writing MFA Handbook (Continuum, 2008). Erika is also the editor/publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free (and popular) e-newsletter featuring advice, opportunities, and resources on the craft and business of writing for fictionists, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction.
A high-ranking Nazi’s wife and a Jewish doctor in prewar Berlin. A Jewish immigrant soldier and the German POWs he is assigned to supervise. A refugee returning to Europe for the first time just as terrorists massacre Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A son of survivors and the family secrets modern technology may reveal. These are some of the characters and conflicts that emerge in Quiet Americans, in stories that reframe familiar questions about what is right and wrong, remembered and repressed, resolved and unending. Portions of the proceeds from sales of Quiet Americans are being donated to The Blue Card. Quiet Americans has been named a 2012 Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title (American Library Association) and recognized as a “Notable Book” (The Jewish Journal) and “Top Book” (Shelf Unbound).
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