Tom Wolfe, Michael Chabon and a little someone named...J.K. Rowling!
At the annual Book Expo America, the comedian brought the laughs, but it was author Barbara Kingsolver who captivated the audience.
New works by Jeffrey Eugenides and Ann Patchett were among the novels and nonfiction that walked away with the most buzz.
"Is anyone here ... maybe just curious about the shit we do?"
The mood is dystopian. Thanks, Amazon.
This year, having taken their meds in the form of layoffs and steep losses, publishers were in a strange mood.
With the attention of more than 100 conventiongoers at stake, Sully's heroic brevity at BookExpo landed listeners safely at the five o'clock cocktail hour.
The once-joyous red-letter events of the cultural calendar reduced to doom-y article ledes.
Topics included raccoon hunting, African cranes, harmonic fifths, and growing up in the Bronx with big lips.
The scene at Book Expo's politically themed author luncheon was surprisingly tense.
At Book Expo in L.A., Spiegelman disses FSG's graphic-novel histories and talks up 'manga.'
"'He was this, this, this, this, a lot of dick jokes, now he's really stiff, and best-selling author.'"
Walking the floor at the country's biggest book convention.
"Are there pictures?" "Yes, which is important to me, because I don't like to read."