“The problem remains that today the average paperback book costs two and a half times the minimum wage, as compared to one-half the minimum wage when I got started. How sustainable can this be when Google promises all the world’s information for free?”—Len Riggio, chairman of Barnes & Noble, gives BookExpo’s first-ever keynote address on Wednesday (via Publishing Perspectives)
“We looked at the tweets, and when you look at Donald Trump’s tweets on a day-to-day basis, he seems like a madman, which he is, but break them down and categorize them, and you start to understand the makings of the man.”—Trevor Noah, author of forthcoming nonfiction The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library (July 31), addresses the Adult Author Breakfast on Thursday (via USA Today)
“Every family has a golden rule. And when I was growing up in Detroit in the ’70s, in my household, that rule was, no good can come from you running your mouth. You see, my mother was a bookie for an underground lottery system that black folks called the numbers. If she had lived, she would be celebrating her 90th birthday this month. And I would like to think that she’s smiling down on me, but, actually, to tell the truth, I’m not so sure. Because The World According to Fannie Davis is a memoir, and, in it, I am running my mouth.”—Bridgett Davis, novelist, and author of a forthcoming memoir (Jan. 2019) celebrating her mother’s life, at the lunch Little, Brown held for journalists and booksellers
“If I took out death threats because I didn’t say who Lena ended up with in Delirium, 90 percent of my fan mail would go away....I was surprised by how continuously angry people are to not have that resolution...because I like books that give you space to continue making your own decisions. Otherwise, it feels like shutting a door on something you really like. Honestly, I don’t care for the epilogue in Harry Potter.”—Lauren Oliver discusses resolution with fellow YA authors Kendare Blake, Victoria Aveyard, and Anna Godbersen, on the Book Expo panel, “You Trust Me...Right?”
“A gross generalization but definitely think women over 50 are the best people to talk to at a party bc they just don’t give a shit.”—Rumaan Alam, spotted at the Knopf/Doubleday party at Brasserie Cognac, among others, in his capacity as New York Times special projects editor, reflects on this year’s see-and-be-seen scene on Friday (Twitter)
Megan Labrise is a staff writer and the co-host of the Kirkus podcast, Fully Booked. The photo of Rumaan Alam is by David A. Land; the photo of Bridgett Davis is by Rod Fields.