BookExpo Announces Editors’ Buzz Line-Ups Spotlighting Upcoming Breakout Titles

With a little under three months to go before it arrives, its relatively safe to say that the 2019 BookExpo will be upon us before we know it. With that being the case I am happy to share one of the recently received announcements for this publishing industry affair. Read on.

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The Press Release:
Today, BookExpo announced the selected titles for the prestigious Editors’ Buzz program, which features the top authors and titles expected to resonate with readers in the coming months. There are three Editors’ Buzz Panels where the books’ editors will present the selected titles:
• The Adult Editors’ Buzz Panel will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at 1:45 PM (Room 1E12)
• The Young Adult Editors’ Buzz Panel will take place on Thursday, May 30 at 10:00 AM (Room 1E12)
• The Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz Panel will take place on Friday, May 31 at 11:00 AM (Room 1E12)

Attendees can meet the featured authors at the following panels:
• The Meet the Adult Authors Buzz Presentation will take place on Thursday, May 30 at 11:00 AM (Room 1E10)
• The Meet the Young Adult Authors Buzz Presentation will take place on Friday, May 31 at 9:30 AM (Downtown Stage)
• The Meet the Middle Grade Authors Buzz Presentation will take place on Friday, May 31 at 1:35 PM (Downtown Stage)

BookExpo’s Editors’ Buzz program has a stellar track record of predicting the coming year’s hottest books. Last year’s selections included breakthrough books such as: Ohio: A Novel by Stephen Markley; There Will Be No Miracles Here by Casey Gerald; Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram; Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan; Sadie by Courtney Summers; and Sanity & Tallulah, Book 1 by Molly Brooks. Over the past three years, 11 books selected by the program hit The New York Times Best Sellers lists.

“BookExpo’s Editors’ Buzz program has consistently selected titles and authors that will soon become household names,” said Jenny Martin, Event Director for BookExpo & BookCon. “We are excited to reveal this year’s outstanding group of authors and look forward to giving attendees the chance to learn more at the Editors’ and Meet the Authors Buzz panels.”

The selection process was made by three separate committees comprised of publishing industry professionals from titles submitted by exhibiting publishers. From these titles, the committees were charged with looking for books that will grab the attention of – and engage – a wide variety of readers. The Buzz Panel presentations, which feature book editors discussing the individual selections, will be supplemented with Meet the Author Buzz panels where the selected authors will discuss their work. The full list of Buzz selections can be found below:


How We Fight for Our Lives
Saeed Jones
Simon & Schuster (Publication Date: October 8, 2019)

My Dark Vanessa
Kate Elizabeth Russell
William Morrow (Publication Date: January 7, 2020)

The Secrets We Kept
Lara Prescott
Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Date: September 17, 2019

Such a Fun Age
Kiley Reid
Putnam Books/Penguin Random House (Publication Date: January 7, 2020)

Uncanny Valley
Anna Wiener
MCD / Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Publication Date: January 14, 2020)

The Warehouse: A Novel
Rob Hart
Crown (Publication Date: August 20, 2019)


Frankly in Love
David Yoon
Penguin Young Readers (Publication Date: September 10, 2019)

The Grace Year
Kim Liggett
Wednesday Books (Publication Date: September 17, 2019)

The Last True Poets of the Sea
Julia Drake
Hyperion (Publication Date: October 1, 2019)

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph
Brandy Colbert
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Publication Date: August 20, 2019)

Scars Like Wings
Erin Stewart
Delacorte Press (Publication Date: October 1, 2019)


Free Lunch
Rex Ogle
Norton Young Readers (Publication Date: September 10, 2019)

Amy McCulloch
Sourcebooks Young Readers (Publication Date: January 7, 2020)

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich
Ibi Zoboi
Penguin Young Readers (Publication Date: August 27, 2019)

Pavi Sharma’s Guide to Going Home
Bridget Farr
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 17, 2019

Weird Little Robots
Carolyn Crimi
Candlewick Press
Publication Date: October 1, 2019

BookExpo continues evolve to create more value for BookExpo Attendees and Exhibitors. New features at BookExpo 2019 include a co-location with New York Rights Fair, ABA Editors’ Speed Dating, a stage dedicated to Independent Publishers and the debut of a new “show within a show,” UnBound.

BookExpo will take place on May 29-31, 2019 at the Javits Center in New York City. For more information or to register for BookExpo, please visit

ABOUT BOOKEXPO: BookExpo is North America’s largest gathering of book trade professionals attracting an audience from around the globe. The event is designed to lead the global publishing industry to its consumer driven future and celebrate storytelling in all its forms. It’s the place where industry, authors and readers converge to define the direction of the publishing industry for years to come. BookExpo provides a focused professional environment to discover emerging authors and the next blockbuster titles, engage with the world’s most influential publishers and learn from industry leaders and peers. BookExpo is organized with the support of association partners including the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR).

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Piercing Ken Thoughts: I’ve attended The BookExpo for both the and “The Chronicles” websites for the last eight years and I always manage to find something interesting to share with you readers. Now since this is an Industry Only event, the general public cannot attend and trust voices such as my own to help sell the overall awesome that might be found at assorted publishers and companies in attendance. If you are in the publishing industry you might want to refer to my coverage of the 2018 Book Expo by clicking HERE. I just applied for my attendance for this years affair and look forward to seeing long established contacts. Which of these potentially break out titles are of interest to you? Chime in down below and let me know if you are going because its all about the Networking for me.

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