On February 28, HVLA hosted the Winter Meeting “Hot Books, Cold Nights,” and although the weather was unseasonably warm, the books were definitely hot! HVLA librarians gathered in the beautiful library at The Dalton School, joined by 11 publishers, to discuss new and exciting titles for the spring. Attendees arrived and began browsing the book fair, talking to the publishers about new titles, and perusing the literature. After 30 minutes of browsing, ARC shopping, and networking, attendees gathered for the presentations. Each publishing representative talked to the attendees about their publishing house’s philosophy and focus, and booktalked one notable book for the spring. The diversity among the publishing houses meant that we were treated to a wide range of booktalks-- we heard about picture books through young adult novels, fiction and nonfiction, and books featuring a wide array of ethnicities and experiences.
We heard about books from:
Akashic Books (Susannah Lawrence)
Candied Plums (Roxanne Feldman)
First Second Books (Calista Brill)
Feminist Press (Jisu Kim)
Enchanted Lion Books (Tasha Muresan)
Holiday House (Terry Borzumato-Greenberg)
Lee & Low Books (Hannah Erlich)
Little, Brown and Company (Jenny Choy)
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (Summer Ogata)
POW! Kids Books (Jordan Nielsen)
Workman Publishing (Trevor Ingerson)
The slides from the publishers can be found here.
After the stellar booktalks, we had more time to talk to publishers, find out about new titles for our schools, and fill our gift tote bags with ARCs. The publishers also generously sponsored a series of raffles, so quite a few attendees walked away with bound copies as well.
After the meeting was over, the fun continued at the social, which was held at Third Ave. Ale House.