In the centre of the world, New York City, the annual Book Expo America recently took place, and I was invited to take part in the huge four-day event, which was held at The Jacob Javits Center.
Four floors, thousands of authors, publishers, etc., filled every nook and cranny of space available, and the air was filled with talk about books…who’s doing what, who’s writing what, who’s signing what…and the list was endless…
Paula Dean, Jim Carrey, and many other more familiar faces attended, while the likes of Doris Kearns Goodwin and Chris Matthews were involved with discussion panels throughout the week. (In fact, there wasn’t a member of the ‘public’ in sight, as this was exclusively for industry people only). But the industry didn’t just limit itself to the New York Area…Turkey, Saudi Arabia, England, China, and many other parts of the world were represented here. This is the big one of the year that NOBODY wants to miss.
I, myself, was excited, mostly because it was in my hometown, but also because I got to introduce my latest book, “some bottomless cup”, to many there, and sign off a couple of hundred copies by the time I was done.
But the greatest parts were the conversations. Not only the discussions on the writings, but also simply the aire of creativity that flowed throughout the throngs of those attending. Plus, the unanimous knowledge that e-books will NEVER replace regular ‘hard-copy’ books. The feel of the book in the hand far outweighs the convenience of a computer chip.
And when all was said and done, this tired but grateful author had his new novel in the hands of many, as did many who sold and gave their books away, just because there are stories to tell, and stories that need to be told.
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