If you’ve been hanging around social media at all this past week, you’ll no doubt have seen that all the buzz in the book world has been about the 2013 Book Expo America in New York City. This year the annual celebration was changed to include one weekend day that was also open to “power readers,” creating an even larger audience for the three days of opportunities to see upcoming book releases, meet authors and publishing personnel, and generally revel in one’s passion for books.
I was fortunate enough to attend the Children’s Book and Author Breakfast on Friday morning. The event began with the Women’s National Book Association presenting their annual book awards, in conjunction with Penguin’s Young Readers Group. Two bookstores from Michigan, Bookbug in Kalamazoo, and Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, both received a check and a piece of original children’s book illustration in honor of their fantastic work in the field.