Wednesday Evening At The Book Expo in New York – Harper Collins

BEA BUZZ, new york, Book JOurney, Harper COllins

Here is the second of my Book Expo Week posts.  Yesterday I shared with you what the “BEA Bloggers” event was like, and today I want to talk with you about the amazing publishing company that is Harper Collins.

Harper Collins is one of the highlight events of the Book Expo.  They do such an incredible job on sharing what the “hot titles” will be.  I wish I had my notes from the Harper sneak peek of upcoming great reads but I am pretty sure I packed it into a box and the books… have not yet arrived. 🙂  I will have to share in more detail at a later date.

Basically what happens at this event is that the different divisions of Harper stand up in the front of the room and share 2-4 titles each of what they are excited about that is coming out.  There is something about someone gushing about a book isn’t there?  As I looked at the different titles and covers there may be one that does not really speak to me… but then when someone is sharing the excitement of the book… I pick it up again.  How can you not react?  😀

One book that really caught my attention was The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, releasing August 26th of this year.

Gush worthy cover yes?
Gush worthy cover yes?


The cover is GORGEOUS.  And listening to the description of the book and the bidding war that went on to win this book (Harper won!) makes me sooooooo curious and EXCITED about this book.

And of course, at Harper is where I get a chance to see my BEA buddies!  I am always thrilled to see Kathy from Bermuda Onion, Julie from Booking Mama, Swapna from S Kirshna’s Books, Gayle from Everyday I Write The Book,  Nicole from Linus’ Blanket (who I was on the panel with), Candace from Beth Fish Reads (roommate) and of course, Alison from Alison’s Book Marks.  (I could kick myself for not getting more group pics!)

If you know my Alison story, you know that we met at the Book Expo at the Harper Collins Party in 2010.  We read a lot of the same books and on line, are always sharing audio book suggestions.  After that first year and having a picture taken together it has become a standing joke with us that we must get our “Harper Collins picture!”  And… we always do:

harper Alison

from left to right: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and  2014.  I change….she does not 😀  Always a blast Alison!

And then of course there is the Harper Collins party… a combination of the publishers, authors, and bloggers.  It is such a BLAST!

Harper Collins, BEA, Book Expo, Book JOurney, Sheila DeChantal

Harper Collins, BEA, Book JOurney, Sheila DeChantal
Right up front left is Gail from Ticket To Anywhere and center is Kristin from Always With A Book!


Harper collins, Book Expo, Book JOurney

Adriana Trigiani, Dorothy Benton Frank, Stephanie Evanovich, Book JOurney Sheila DeChantal


So that is my Harper Collins recap for now.  More on the books coming up!

Have a super day everyone 😀

What book has your attention today?

25 thoughts on “Wednesday Evening At The Book Expo in New York – Harper Collins

  1. I love how you have all of our pictures – FIVE YEARS! Book Expo is always a great time with you, my BEA Buddy, and Harper was the perfect way to kick it off. I look forward to the rest of your recap.

  2. One that I regret that I haven’t read until now: The Great Santini by Pat Conroy. I was motivated to read this book after hearing a conversation with Pat and his brothers and sister at the South Carolina Book Festival.

  3. It looks like you had a blast Sheila! I think one of the best parts of BookExpo BEA must be seeing and talking with bloggers from all over the country.

    1. It really is – the connections add such a level to the event – really it would not be the same with out being able to hang out with the bloggers that you have connected with on line.

  4. Yes, I do think the cover for The Miniaturist is gorgeous! And I’m very interested in reading Burton’s book. This must be the year of novels about women miniature painters from the 16th & 17th centuries… I just read Elizabeth Fremantle’s “Sisters of Treason,” which is due for release July 8. It’s set in 16th century England, and one of the key characters is a woman who paints miniature paintings of Queen Elizabeth and the other ladies at court. Intriguing that both novels are coming out this summer!

  5. Is it wrong for me to say that I want to buy that book for the cover alone? I was wondering when you were going to post the traditional picture with Allison. Its nice to have those great memories 🙂

  6. The Harper party looks like the place to be. Jealous of having all your blogging friends in the same room!
    Righ now I’m reading a new book from Harper! Elizabeth is Missing, out next week, I’m part of TLC book tour. It’s very good.

  7. Great party…I missed it this year. Looks like I missed a good time. I was invited but couldn’t attend.

    The book catching my attention right now is DELICIOUS. Started reading it yesterday. I am enjoying it.

    How are you enjoying THAT NIGHT?

    Have a great day.

    1. I just wrote my review of Delicious it will go up this afternoon. I hope you love it as much as I did! I finished That Night a while back just waiting for it to be closer to release day before I post my review. I liked it, I like everything Chevy Stevens writes 😉

  8. I love how you have a tradition with a friend you met on your first BEA and then you’ve always kept in touch. that is treasure! 🙂

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