2016 BEA Editors’ Buzz Books Revealed

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BookExpo America has announced the titles to be featured at this year’s adult, YA, and middle grade Editors’ Buzz Forums. The 2016 panels, which present book editors discussing their favorite upcoming titles, will be supplemented with Author Stage appearances by featured authors. The finalists cover a wide range of topics this year, including race, love, family, and more.

BEA will take place Wednesday, May 11, through Friday, May 13, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The 2016 BEA Editors’ Buzz Forum book selections are:


Adult Editors’ Buzz: Wednesday, May 11, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 183

Meet the Adult Buzz Authors: Thursday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on the Uptown Stage

  • Another Day in the Death of America, by Gary Younge
    Publisher: Nation Books; Publication Date: October 25, 2016
  • Darktown, by Thomas Mullen
    Publisher: 37 INK; Publication Date: September 13, 2016
  • History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund
    Publisher: Grove Atlantic; Publication Date: January 5, 2017
  • Little Deaths, by Emma Flint
    Publisher: Hachette Books; Publication Date: January 17, 2017
  • The Mothers, by Brit Bennett
    Publisher: Riverhead Books; Publication Date: October 11, 2016
  • The Nix, by Nathan Hill
    Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; Publication Date: August 30, 2016


Young Adult Editors’ Buzz: Thursday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. in Room 184b

Meet the Young Adult Buzz Authors: Friday, May 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the Uptown Stage

  • Caraval, by Stephanie Garber
    Publisher: Flatiron Books; Publication Date: August 30, 2016
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper, by Kerri Maniscalco
    Publisher: JIMMY Patterson; Publication Date: September 20, 2016
  • Rani Patel In Full Effect, by Sonia Patel
    Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press; Publication Date: October 20, 2016
  • Spontaneous, by Aaron Starmer
    Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; Publication Date: August 30, 2016
  • Thieving Weasels, by Billy Taylor
    Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers; Publication Date: August 23, 2016


Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz: Friday, May 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. in Room 184B

Meet the Middle Grade Buzz Authors: Friday, May 13, from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on the Uptown Stage

  • Frazzled, by Booki Vivat
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books; Publication Date: September 27, 2016
  • Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, by Kate Beasley
    Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers; Publication Date: October 4, 2016
  • The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, by Wade Albert White
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Publication Date: September 13, 2016
  • The Lost Property Office, by James R. Hannibal
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Publication Date: November 8, 2016
  • Time Traveling With a Hamster, by Ross Welford
    Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books; Publication Date: October 18, 2016

Buzz titles were chosen by committees of booksellers, librarians, and other industry professionals who reviewed the submissions in each category and voted for this year’s final selections.

All ABA Regular Bookstore and Provisional members are entitled to receive free BEA admission badges if they provide their ABA Membership ID number upon registration. Booksellers in need of their ID number should contact ABA Member Relationship managers Nathan Halter (for the NCIBA, SCIBA, MPIBA, PNBA, SIBA regions) at 800-637-0037, ext. 7514, or Catherine Cusick (for NAIBA, NEIBA, GLIBA, MIBA) at (800) 637-0037, ext. 7566.

ABA members who have not attended the trade show in the last two years still have time to apply to win one of 60 BEA scholarships of $435 each to help defray their hotel and travel costs. To qualify, booksellers must stay at least one night at Hotel ABA — The Drake Hotel — during the show and participate in the BEA VIP Rewards Program (this involves visiting different exhibitors at the show to learn about their books and products).

The upscale Drake Hotel is located at 140 E. Walton Place, one block from the Lakefront Trail and a 10-minute walk to the nearest train station. A BEA shuttle bus will run May 11–13 from the Drake to McCormick Place. ABA’s programming at BEA will begin on Wednesday morning, May 11. (Watch for details in next week’s edition of Bookselling This Week.)