By rep night number four, the crowd is getting tired. No matter how you do it, one Sunday after another, spaced out, four nights of presentations are a lot. Of course we had six of them, but I could probably count on one hand the number of booksellers who would attend all six events in a season.
The ultimate event was back at Mequon's Next Chapter, where I believe we had Leonardo's pizza (did I mention that I am a big fan of their meatball subs, due to the oven toasing of the bread?) and some Panera salads.
I think I noted in a previous rep night roundup that the YA mystery/thriller genre always needs new entries. David Levithan's new novel, Every You, Every Me, is another nice option. With paintings by Jonathan Farmer, it's a story that keeps you guessing, and the art is part of the puzzle. Levitan is probably best known as the co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson.
And finally, a nice holiday book from David Rubel and Jim LaMarche. The Carpenter's Gift is a picture book abou the very first Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the impact it had across generations.
A customer came into Boswell to chat with me about Food52, the website from Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs where participants vote on great recipes for classic dishes. he was very enthusiastic about the site and the new cookbook, The Food52 Cookbook to be exact, that collects the first year of recipes.
Also from a website is Joseph Gordon-Levitt's new anthology, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories. Filled with very tiny but apparently quite emotionall powering stories, this site is quite popular and apparently it is not all due in part to Gordon-Levitt's (or so I heard from the row behind me) dreaminess. And I guess he is turning the stories into films now. Tiny ones. Nice package. Could even be tinier, but it would be so hard to sell thimble-sized books, let alone the theft problems. Remember the tiny Langenscheit dictionaries?
The Essential Pepin is a very nice package that updates recipes from Jacques Pepin's six-decade career. And yes, there is a new 26-episode series.
Things start to blur together at this point. Which rep had which book about classical mythology. Who had which book about unlikely animal friendships? And while Joseph Gordon-Levitt has tiny stories, there's also 420 Characters, a collection of short stories that were originally Facebook posts.
Can we really be done? Now all we have to do is sell them all.