Book Expo America (BEA) announced its author line-up and MCs this week. I would absolutely love to make it there someday. Although I've been to many of the biggest and best cities in America (Boston, D.C., Charleston, Savannah, Atlanta, Tampa, Birmingham, Nashville, Memphis, Cincinnati, Chicago, Phoenix, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, to name a few), I have never been to NYC. One day I will -- and it will be in May so I can attend at least part of a BEA.
a survey by VIDA, mentioned in the NY Times which links book reviews to gender disparity, is right up my alley. The results -- as the comments say -- are stunning. I mean, I knew there was a lot of buzz about Jonathan Franzen being reviewed last year, but my goodness. The survey shows that in every case but one (The Atlantic, in authors reviewed), both reviewers and authors reviewed were disturbingly male. Pie graphs accompanying the survey show the marked difference, with no other graph coming close to equality. We've come so far as a culture, but still -- I think -- have miles to go.
On a different note, a fun idea popping up in the book world this week is having authors sign your e-reader. I love getting books signed, but also had several authors at the Southern Festival of Books sign a festival poster for my classroom last fall. Having an e-reader signed seems silly... Or is it genius? Follow Random House on Twitter for fun updates like this one.
- Last week I wrote about Egyptian Mohamed ElBaradei's upcoming memoir being pushed to early publication as a result of the ongoing crisis in Egypt. The NY Times blog ArtsBeat has recommended a reading list for the conflict, a compilation of titles which detail the history of events that led up to this time of unrest.
- Also, two weeks ago I mentioned that independent bookstores were struggling. Then last week I mentioned that Borders was likely near bankruptcy. This week, Oregon-based Powell's Books announced it would be laying off 31 of its 400 employees, according to a Galleycat post. The bookseller directly blamed e-book sales. Independent bookstores are now selling Google e-books in an effort to capitalize on the rapidly-growing market.