Today Swenson Book Development LLC is in New York City at the Jacob Javits Center attending Book Expo America 2014. The largest annual book trade show in the U.S., BEA provides booksellers with opportunities to network with colleagues, preview publishers’ upcoming titles, and discover new vendors. Programming includes a multitude of education and information sessions, as well as author breakfasts, lunches, and other special events.
In the new title showcase expect to find our clients’ soon to be released titles:
Elaine Mansfield’s forthcoming memoir, Leaning Into Love: A Spiritual Journey Through Grief from Larson Publications. From the extraordinary closeness of Elaine’s marriage to how she and Vic transformed their struggle with cancer and despair into a conscious relationship with mortality, Mansfield’s writing captivates the hearts of her readers. After Vic’s death, Elaine leans into her ongoing love as grief leads her through overwhelming emotional and spiritual depths on a journey beyond their time together into her new life.
Mauro Marinelli’s forthcoming art photography book, Burden of Wings from Kehrer Design (Perseus). Iconic cemetery images captured on Polaroid juxtapose the inherent contradictions of the immediate moment: instant and everlasting. In homage to the Dutch Great Master still life style of Nature Morte, the stone mortuary sculpture softens like flesh and graveside tokens and boquets of colorful flowers depict life becoming death. Touches of grief in bas relief.
Sandra Swenson‘s forthcoming memoir, The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction from Central Recovery Press. By the age of 20, Joey has OD’d, attempted suicide, quit college, survived a near-fatal car accident, done time behind bars, and been kicked out of rehab—more than once. The Joey Song tells the heartbreaking, frustrating, too-familiar story of a defiant, delusional addict and the mother who won’t give up on him, until finally it hurts more to hang on than to let go.
If you are not a member of the book publishing industry, a librarian, or bookseller, you can still attend Book Expo America. If you are an author who wants to learn more about the business of books, a book reviewer, or an avid reader, the convention offers the full immersion experience.
New this year is “BookCon” on Saturday May 31 when the trade show opens to the public and readers flood the floor with their love of all things books. Kids are admitted free and an adult day pass is only $30.
For the love of books!
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