This upcoming week, thousands of professionals—including authors, publishers, librarians and, yes, bloggers—will be flocking to New York City to attend the event of the year: BookExpo America 2012, aka BEA.
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This year, the convention looks to be the biggest and busiest one yet, spanning three full days and boasting a lineup of spectacular publishers (both analog and digital), authors and speakers.
Although adult SFF books (including science fiction, fantasy, horror and all things in between) are not BEA’s biggest strength, there are still plenty of fantastic titles that will be at the show. This year’s speculative fiction lineup features great authors, and we cannot wait to brave the book-hungry hoards to get our hands on the following coveted titles.
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente. Cat Valente is one of our favorite fantasy authors, and we adored the first book in this series, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
Breed by Chase Novak. Novak, a pseudonym for Scott Spencer, is best known for his iconic novel Endless Love—now he’s trying his hand at a Rosemary’s Baby style horror novel, and we cannot wait to see how this turns out.
The Hollow City by Dan Wells. Dan Wells is another one of those authors whose work we’ve loved, from his John Wayne Cleaver books (detailing the dark inner thoughts of a teenage sociopath as he fights to contain the monster within and combat the supernatural murders that stalk his town), and his more recent YA dystopian novel Partials. We’re thrilled to see him return to his supernatural-tinged, descent-into-the-heart-of-madness roots with The Hollow City.
The Rapture of the Nerds by Charles Stross & Cory Doctorow. Though the exuberant Cory Doctorow won’t be at the signing, we are more than thrilled to wait in a very long line to meet the esteemed Charles Stross and dive into this new, nerdifically glorious SF novel.
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr. We’ve been fans of Melissa Marr’s work since Wicked Lovely and are thrilled to see her launch an entirely new contemporary urban fantasy with Carnival of Souls (no relation to the classic horror film of the same name).
The City’s Son by Tom Pollock. The first book of the Skyscraper Throne, a new Urban Fantasy series set in London, The City’s Son has an irresistible tagline boasts the novel is “a story about family, friends and monsters, and how you can’t always tell which is which.” Not to mention, author Tom Pollock is an engaged and thoughtful voice on Twitter and on his blog.
Gift of Fire/On the Head of a Pin by Walter Mosley. This book is actually two speculative tales in single volume—both stories are about everyday people facing life-altering truths. The first features the Titan Prometheus walking away from his prison into modern times. The second, a new technology that can change the world of cinema forever. Sounds brilliant, right?
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. There is a lot of buzz already circulating the blogosphere for this book, and although we have been burned by the BEA hype machine before, we can’t help but be excited for this title. After all, it features a daredevil young female assassin and courtly intrigue—tropes that we smugglers unabashedly love.
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. We loved Bracken’s underappreciated Fantasy Brightly Woven and have been waiting for another book from her ever since. The Darkest Minds is one of the many dystopian YA titles available at BEA and, we hope, one of the best.
The Twelve by Justin Cronin. We adored The Passage (one of our favorite books of 2010) and have been eagerly awaiting this sequel, detailing the fate of human (and some not-quite-human) survivors as they struggle to survive in a vampiric post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Of course, this list is just a sampling of the many titles that will be available at BEA this year. Also high on our list of priorities: John Scalzi’s Redshirts, Laura Amy Schlitz’s Splendors and Glooms, Francine Prose’s The Turning, Shannon Messenger’s Keeper of the Lost Cities and Sarah Crossan’s Breathe.