It’s that time of year again! The time of year when publishers, authors, bloggers, librarians, tech professionals and other bibliophiles make the trek out to the Javits Center and partake in the biggest book event of the year: BookExpo America (BEA). Not a blogger or book professional? No worries—this year, BEA is open to the general public on its last day (Saturday May 31), aka BookCon. There will be a number of big name authors, panels, autographing sessions, and—of course—book giveaways.
While BEA covers all facets and genres of publishing and its focus isn’t specifically on speculative fiction, there are plenty of science-fiction and fantasy titles and authors at the show. Here are the titles we’re most excited to hunt down at BEA 2014:
Lock In by John Scalzi. This is probably the most commercial and hyped SFF title of the fall, but for good reason. Scalzi’s writing is fun and super readable (even when it’s being a little self-indulgent). We’re looking forward to this science-fictional thriller.
My Real Children by Jo Walton. It’s alwaysa big deal when multi-award winning author Jo Walton has a new book! This new book, about a woman remembering her life in two very different ways, sounds fascinating.
Jackaby by William Ritter. Set in turn of the century New England starring a paranormal detective and his new assistant, Jackaby is a YA historical mystery with a fantastical twist. (And what SFF fan can resist something pitched as Sherlock meets Doctor Who?)
The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill. One of the BEA Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz books, Kelly Barnhill’s middle-grade fantasy novel hits all of our “want” buttons—from the mysterious prophecy (“The wrong boy will save your life and you will save his”) to that gorgeous Jon Klassen cover art.
Greenglass House by Kate Milford. Kate Milford is a criminally under-read author, and we are huge fans of her richly detailed middle-grade and YA historical fantasy/horror titles, The Boneshaker and The Broken Lands, as well as tie-in novellas The Kairos Mechanism and Bluecrowne. This latest book is set in the same world as all of her prior stories and expands on threads in Bluecrowne—suffice it to say, we are excited.
The Spiritglass Charade: A Stoker & Holmes Novel by Colleen Gleason. We thoroughly enjoyed The Clockwork Scarab, Book One in this delightful series that follows Evaline Stoker (Bram’s sister and vampire hunter) and Mina Holmes (Mycroft’s daughter and aspiring sleuth). Time travel, magical artifacts and society event shenanigans ensue.
Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz. Along the same lines of famous literary figures and their relations, Hook’s Revenge follows the notorious Captain James Hook’s daughter Jocelyn as she attempts to avenge her father’s death and hunts down a certain crocodile….Sounds good, right?
Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant. With Michael Grant’s exceptional Gone series completed, there’s a giant FAYZ-shaped hole in our reading lives. Thankfully, Messenger of Fear—a YA horror novel that examines the nature of good and evil—awaits....
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. A dark new fantasy novel from the prolific Holly Black. Need we say more?
Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios. PEN Award–winning author Heather Demetrios tries her hand at a fantasy novel involving a jinni and discourse on enslavement and agency. This one could be fantastic, or it could be terribly problematic—we’re hoping for fantastic.
Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes. Last but certainly not least, South African author Lauren Beukes’ new book! A horrific thriller that is perhaps related to her award-winning previous novel The Shining Girls, the early buzz on Broken Monsters is that it’s Beukes’ best work to date. We’re crossing all of our crossable appendages in hopes that we can track down a copy!
And that’s it from us! What SFF books are you looking forward to finding at BEA this year?