Reporting: Harper Collins Fall 2007 Library Preview (Part One)
Mmm. Harper Collins. Housing its preview within the News Corp building, it’s a unique place to visit. The kind of building where you have to tell the elevators where you’re going before you enter them. Where the employees get a truly mod cafe and workout center as part of their perks. And, more importantly, a place that has ample room for a good old-fashioned librarian preview.
After dousing myself in orange juice and bagels the layout was as follows. You, the guest, take a seat and the editors at your table tell you about their books. Easy peasy. Then, after Mimi Kayden has rung the bell at the 15-minute mark, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and high-tail it to the next editor at the next table. This basically means that the poor editors have to say the same darn thing over and over BUT the 15-minute bell means that as they go along they learn how to speak faster and faster. By the time you’re at the final table they’re speaking so quickly that there’s time to spare when they’re done. Each table is outfitted with a handy dandy Powerpoint handout of the books being discussed. Hence my ability to spell names correctly on this report.
But enough background. What you really want to hear about is the upcoming Spring 2008 season, yes no? Well let me just say this then. The name of the game in 2008 is Highly Anticipated Sequels, polar bears, and seances. You’ll see what I mean by that in a minute.
I mentioned before that sequels were abundant, and this table was no exception. You have your fourth addition to the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness: Outcast by Michelle Paver. And Septimus Heap’s fourth book Queste (no "Y" anywhere in the title, I see) by Angie Sage. That particular cover will be featuring heat-sensitive ink, by the way. Um… awesome? Speaking of covers, last time I went to a Harper Collins preview I decided that the cover of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr would win the Best Jacket Art contest of that day. It seems unfair, but I’m also going to give Melissa Marr’s upcoming Ink Exchange the same honor. And no, the cover is not available for viewing online yet. You’ll just have to trust me on this one.
(CONTINUED IN PART TWO)
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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