BookExpo 2018 Part I: Recap Preview


BookExpo Recap Part I Recap Preview (

I recently attended BookExpo, May 30 – June 1st, at the Javits Center in Manhattan, NY. I’m grateful for the media pass which made my attendance possible. I have a recap post in the works, one that focuses on the specific books I brought home and am looking forward to reading.

My plan was to publish a recap post the Monday after the event. I spent the Saturday after BookExpo recuperating (I put in 13-15K steps each day, which is a lot of walking for me these days due to my bum foot). I was also trying to decide what I’d like to do on Sunday.

I was either going to go back to NYC to experience a day of BookCon or I was going to head in the opposite direction to see Ruth Ware at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Bank Square Books was hosting her there. I couldn’t decide which I would rather do and so decided to decide what I wanted to do when I woke up Sunday morning.

BookExpo 2018 Javits Center WildmooBooks
Inside the Javits Center – see more in this Book Cougars video.

BookCon is a huge publisher sponsored event for the public that celebrates books, authors, reading, and writing, whereas BookExpo is an industry event for publishers, book-related business, booksellers, librarians, authors, and the likes. Media passes are issued upon application approval to journalists, bloggers, podcasters, book tubers, etc., who are involved in the world of books.

Sunday morning rolled around and, bummer of all book busts, I woke up with a raging sore throat that quickly morphed into an 85-pound head cold. Needless to say, I didn’t go anywhere that day and actually spend a few days in bed, just trying to breathe. After that, it was crunch time at work to make up for the time given to BookExpo and the sick bed.

So, that recap will be coming later this week. I’m aiming for Thursday. As I mentioned above, I’ll share with you the books I brought home and tell you about the authors I met. If you have any questions about BookExpo I’d be happy to try to answer them for you. I’m no expert but can at least tell you about my experience.

In the meantime, here’s a short video that my Book Cougars podcast co-host Emily & I made last week about our BookExpo book haul:


  1. What a shame – summer colds are just miserable, worse in a way than the winter version. 13K is a lot of steps, bet your feet were throbbing by the end

  2. So, are you where I got my sore throat this week? Did you get to meet Stephen Markley and get his book, “Ohio”

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